(I like trading real QSL cards too!)
I enjoy all aspects of amateur radio but CW (radio telegraphy) and antennas are my favorite parts of the hobby. I do dabble in contests and DXing but I also really enjoy operating portable with homemade QRP gear. You may find me anywhere on the bands from 160 m to 70 cm (sometimes 3 cm) from my small city lot but you will usually find me on CW near 7030 kHz or working DX at the bottom of the bands.
If you worked me on 40 m while I was QRP at 2 Watts then you worked the station shown in the attached photo. It is my home brew 40 m rig built around the SW-40+ kit, NORCAL Keyer, and the Hendricks Digital Display. The paddles and end fed half wave antenna coupler are also home brew. This is the complete station and I often take it to the field or onto my back patio. The complete station including antenna and power source fits in a small canvas military tool bag. I've worked the world with this little rig.
My primary rig for big contests, etc., is a Yaesu FT-897D. The main antenna that I use from 160 m to 6 m is an Inverted-L that runs vertically up the side of my home's chimney for 6 m (20 ft) and then horizontally through a tree for about 14 m (46 ft). The antenna is tuned at the base with an SGC SG-237 autotuner and that is fed with RG-213 that is buried in the ground for 30 m (100 ft) to my station on the other side of the house. My antenna's ground system consist of nothing more than a copper ground rod stuck into mostly limestone rock. It could greatly benefit from an extensive radial system but I just don't have room for it. My main band is 40 m and the antenna base is at a very high impedance on that band, consequently the antenna performs best on that band.
Steve Yates - AA5TB (ex-KA5DUU 1979-1990)
"I don't always run QRP, but when I do, I prefer CW."
PG-9-14109 - General Radiotelephone Operator License. (since ~1983)
WFE - Shore station in Houston, radio operator and technician, 1981-1984.
AK QRP Club - # 135
AMTA (Antenna Measurement Techniques Association) - since 1996
ARRL (American Radio Relay League)- since 1979
BVARC (Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club) - Vice President 1987, President 1988
DFW Contest Group
GORC (The Great Outdoor Radio Club)- # 119
GQRP Club - # 9304
LMRA ARC(Lockheed Martin Recreation Association Amateur Radio Club) - past member
NAQCC - # 57 (North American QRP CW Club)
NORTEX QRP Club
NRHARC (North Richland Hills Amateur Radio Club) - intermittent member
QRP ARCI(QRP Amateur Radio Club International) - # 9101
QRP-L - # 1624
SKCC(Straight Key Century Club) - # 110
Tarrant County RACES - # NW-089
I adhere to the following:
"FCC Rules Part 97.3(a)(4): Amateur service: A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out by amateurs, that is, duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
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