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Please call me "Chris"

We are located on the first ridge West of the Tennessee River at an elevation of 1200 feet above sea level. We can see the North Carolina mountains to the East, Lookout Mountain, Georgia to the South and Signal Mountain, Tennessee to the West. Hixson, Tennessee is on the West side of Chickamauga Lake which is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority series of lakes on the Tennessee river. Hixson is a part of Chattanooga, Tennessee

I am originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia. Then I lived in Lake Worth, Florida for many years.

Over fourty years ago I became interested in ham radio. I bought a Yaesu FT-101EE but only used it for 11 meters for a short time and then put it in the closet for over thirty years. In July of 2009 after spending many months of boring inactivity with our family business,  I decided to pull the old 101 out and see if it would still work. I put up a long wire and began listening. By August I was hooked and began studying for my ticket. In October two days after my 64th birthday I passed Elements 2 & 3 and became "KJ4PGR". On December 12, 2009 I passed Element 4 and became "AJ4UO"

My radio is a FT-950 and one of my antennas is a multi band, center coax fed, inverted V dipole antenna made of 2" wide nylon & stainless braided horse fence wire, through a MSJ Versa Tuner III. The antenna is 50+ feet high. I have a "US Tower" MA-550MDP tower w/ a Tail Twister rotor by Hy-gain and a Cushcraft A4S beam. 

I spend most of my evenings on 40 and 80 meters. I'm not into DX but I have made some very interesting contacts.

We have a great group of repeaters here in the Chattanooga area. These repeaters serve both Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia since parts of Chattanooga border the Georgia state line. With the advantage of the 1200 feet elevation here it is not uncommon to hit repeaters 150 miles away with my 1/2" copper J-pole. My 2 meter rig is a IC-2100.

I have just bought a "Baofeng" UV-5RA dual band hand held radio at a local ham feist, programing cable and all, can't beat it. I built a 2 meter J-pole from 1/2" copper pipe for use here at the shack.  I also have a Ringo Ranger I rebuilt with new parts from MFJ.

Who knows where this hobby will lead me. I like to build HF  wire antennas and experiment with them.  I built an 80 thru 6 meter "terminated Di-pole" and I am not happy with the performance.  It's still a work in progress.

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The last photo shows the tower at it's lowest position. The large ladder line is the dissapointing terminated dipole.

The "x-beam" 6 meter and 2 meter beam with the 2 meter "J-pole" mounted on top all home brew and use them daily.

The shack is behind the three windows, 16' x 16' closed in screen porch.

Hope to meet you on the radio.

73 Chris

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AJ4UO
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S57DX 2016-08-22 20m SSB JN75DX Slovenia SLAVKO CELARC
YY8HBO 2016-07-30 10m SSB FJ89jr Venezuela LUIS CARLOS GUANIPA ALLEN
KV4ZL 2016-07-26 20m SSB EL88pf United States Ralph B Olson
NA2NA 2016-07-25 10m SSB FM29px United States Richard S Dayton Jr
N3FJP 2016-07-25 10m SSB FM19tm United States GLENN S DAVIS
WC3N 2016-07-25 10m SSB FM19ri United States GARY W KEGAN
K5KBV 2016-07-12 6m SSB DM95cf United States CHARLES E KRIZAN
WD0ESF 2016-07-12 6m SSB EM07qg United States MICHAEL D GREEN
VA2NQ 2016-07-12 6m SSB fn35jo Canada Normand Labossiere
WA1TAC 2016-07-12 6m SSB FN42fp United States RODNEY R HERSH
OT4A 2016-03-31 17m SSB JO21SD Belgium THEO BEMELMANS
KG4XP 2016-03-26 17m SSB FK29KV44 Guantanamo Bay Charles R. Chuck Watts
PY2FI 2016-02-14 10m SSB GG67lc Brazil Fbio Silveira Bueno
JQ1LOI 2016-02-13 20m SSB Japan MASAO TATEISHI
S58N 2016-02-10 17m SSB JN76fa Slovenia MILOSAV KUKOLJ "MIKE"

Book Totals: 388 qso's   182 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#14556
Granted: 2016-07-20 03:50:02   (AJ4UO)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#7837
Granted: 2015-06-01 12:40:01   (AJ4UO)

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