For all the great people that helped me get on the air.
Guy Navarro WB5UAA
Parker Dinkins W5ADD
Charles Standlee AC5PW
Tommy LaCaze AB5DK/SK
B L Wilson WB5NHP
Joe Pacholik N5TS
Tom Gates SK WB5MAH
George Anderson SK Call unknown
Joel Hursh SK K5AG
Mr Hunter SK Call unknown
It is with heavy heart that I must update my page and tell everyone that a dear friend has passed. God has chosen to take Tommy home. He always had a smile on his face no matter how bad things would get. I will always remember our times together.
Thanks for stopping by. I would guess that we have had a qso. I got my Novice ticket back in the early 70's as WB5WCR it did not last to long. I had a HW8 that was given to me by my parents. I had a lot of fun with it then came the Viking Valiant boy I was qro. I worked it for about a year. I got into cars and girls.
I had open heart sugery in January of 2009 and with a lot of time on my hands I found things to keep me out of trouble. I did some beading, I bought digital camera's on eBay and fixed them and gave them away as presents. After a while I wanted to get back on the air. So I studied the books and anything I could online. I even took a few classes at the Vo-Tech on electronics and Computers.I took the three tests in November 2010 and pasted :) It was a suprise to me as I was just prepaired for the General class ticket. I was already there so I took the Extra too.
I use eQSL and LoTW I now upload instantly with the use of HRD software. Please if your not a LoTW user join and use it.
The picture above is me and my daughter in Floroida on vacation 6-2008.
I am a member of:
Flying Pigs 2611
I operate a Kenwood TS940S and sometimes I drag out the Hallicrafters HT40. The antennas are a 40 and 80 inverted v that is hung from a tree in the back yard about 65 feet up. On 10 and 12 I am using a A99 no radial vertical and works great. I just got up a 160 dipole at 60 feet feed with ladder line. I finally got the 5 band spider beam up on a tower. It works great and all the credit goes to Parker Dinkins for all his wonderful help in the matter.
I like chasing DX. It was a dream for me as a young ham with a HW8 for a receiver. I very rarely use the phone you can catch me on JT65 as I am now hooked. I work CW it is my favorate mode.
As a more recent update I have been hooked on EME and meteor scatter mode of Ham Radio. I worked the VHF contest on the 14th of September 2013 at a great station. So now I have to get my own. It will not be up to Marshall's standards but I will do my best. And I will post some new pics at the bottom of my page here.
The Kenwood is the cats meow. I did the upgrade that is discribed by Thomas Hohlfeld DF5KF here.
This is my new station set up. I was given a counter top made of some sort of plastic like a cutting board. With the remains of a sheet of cabnet grade plywood and some dumpster diving castors this is the end result. Now I can roll the station away from the wall to make changes to the rear of all radios and the computer too.
This is Thomas upgrade here.
I do have some more of the boards left but they are not populated so if you want one for your radio let me know. These are the ones that Thomas made.
This is my batch. Photo is not good but the board is a dream in the radio :)
My first radio it is a Espey R-366/TRR-5 it was constructed as a back up radio and a entertainment radio for the Navy in the early 50's. It has serial number 50 on it. I have recapped it and it works great on some bands. I need to get around to making some glass slug capacitors for the band switching drum on a few bands. I spent many hours listening to this as a teenager. It was a gift from a good friend Mr Hunter when I was about 12. You can find out more on this great radio here
When I go portable this is my power supply and 2 meter set up. 12 volts 32 Ah and 120 volts 450 watts. And a Yeasu
Here are my antenna for 80 and 40 a inverted vee up about 50 feet in a pine tree.
New Spider Beam.
Spider Beam up and running 2-16-2013 20-10 meters all 5 bands about 40 feet up.
Me at the 2 meter EME station worked 2 before I got ran off by Gary :P
Our target with the 432 array.
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