Just changed my call from AK6ZZ to K5AZZ. Moved to Texas (EL09nh) and I didn't want to explain on 6m that I wasn't in California. Lol. I like having a callsign from the area in which I live. IMHO, I am not sure the FCC should have ever changed that rule.
Update from the Heimbold family! We have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Anastasia Susanna Heimbold arrived into our lives on 2/11/2016 at 10:56PM. Ana is now almost two months old and brings such joy to our family. We all love her so much!!!
My History in the Hobby
My favorite hobby is ham radio (my second favorite is snowboarding). I was first licensed on Dec 20, 2010 (now over five years licensed). I decided to get into the hobby because when I was a kid (from 12 to 16 years old) I was an active SWLer using my father's zenith transoceanic and a realistic DX-200. I built shortwave receiving antennas including a small rhombic for SWLing and collected QSL cards and other awesome trinkets from mailing to the broadcast stations my SINPO reports. I wish I had the QSL cards that I collected but they are lost save one from Radio Japan. Some of my best recollections of the hobby including visiting my penpal (remember those days) who lived in Hamburg, Germany when I was 16. I met him through Radio Budapest DX club. I spent the summer in Germany and Switzerland with him and his family and some other friends (traveled with my best friend Bob Smith from Waretown NJ to visit his grandmother) who lived outside Stuttgart (Dettingen unter Teck). It was an awesome trip.
Another fond memory was all the cool trinkets i received (memories now for they are all gone); cool calendars from VOFC (Voice of Free China) and Chinese New year memorabilia, record albums of Brahms from Radio Budapest, communist propaganda books from Radio Burcharest, a QSL card from Radio Baghdad showing dead bodies from the Iran / Iraq war, etc, etc, etc. SWLing was a great hobby now all but dead with the advent of the internet. By the time I got interested in becoming a ham, I was 17 and started liking cars, parties and girls better than radio. I eventually shelved the hobby and at 18 joined the US Navy where I studied as an electronic technician and nuclear reactor operator and was stationed on the USS Enterprise from 1988 to 1991.
In late 2010, I was re-introduced to ham radio through a ham in Ramona, CA when I purchased some antique SWL radios from him. His name is Duane, AA6EE. He said why not become a ham. I said I didn't have time for all the studying, and then he told me the CW requirement was removed and that they dumbed down the tests. I studied for about three weeks and took and passed all three exams. Since getting my extra I have spent a lot of time learning CW and am proficient enough to DX on CW without decoders but that is about it. I really want to get good at it because it is an awesome mode.
I was very active from a great QTH in San Diego where I had two towers and modest multi band HF yagis (at first a K4KIO hex beam, then 3 element steppir, and finally a combo of Mosley S33 and Pro 57B on two different towers) on an edge of a 232' canyon with ocean views.
This is my old antenna set up in San Diego. You wonder how I got to over 290 entities in about three years. Well QTH means everything in this hobby. Great QTHs provide opportunities that average ones never will. That is why I am look hard at the next home I purchase in San Antonio Texas area.
Current DX statistics:
Just changed my callsign to reflect new call area. I am now K5AZZ. Most recently, AK6ZZ and before that AG6AZ. I decided to combine the suffixes of my previous two callsigns and stick with the Kilo prefix as it is my favorite of the extra class options. I am adjusting to the new callsign. It is a little harder to flow off the tongue but it isn't too bad on CW. I will continue to try for 1x2 callsigns though I have a feeling this will be mine for a long time.
I am just about to hit 5000 total QSOs give or take a two in about 5 years and four months time. I am so slammed with work and family that try as i can I am very limited in when I can operate.
Based on my best up to date log 1121 of these QSOs (approx 23%) were also made on 6m which is my favorite band. My operating mode is all about efficiency because I don't have much seat time with a career that requires significant travel, a family with small children and a wonderful wife who needs my help as a father and husband.
Finally received my 300 sticker prior to my five year anniversary as a licensed amateur operator. I have 306 worked and 306 confirmed for Mixed DXCC. My statistics on HF with 3800 QSOs in five years means that every 12th QSO is an ATNO.
LOTW confirms are now 2,080 QSLs out of 4954 total QSOs or 42% confirmation rate. My percent confirmed has gone up considerably since i use JT65a on HF almost exclusively now. I am going to ramp up my CW numbers too especially on 80 and 160 while conditions are good.
306 DXCC worked with 306 confirmed. Worked Heard Island for 305 (a single 30m CW contact) and Juan de Nova (20m phone and 17m CW) for 306. The pace of adding new DXCC ATNOs is slowing down.
Next station will be focused on 6m and low bands 160 and 80.
I am using the following equipment:
FT920 - with inrad mods and filters.
6m King Conversion, ALS600 with qsk mod, and LDG 1000AT Pro
King Conversion SB220 amplifier:
Tower 1: Rohn 25. 40' high. Innovantenna OP DES 6m six element antenna.
Tower 2: MA40 with MARB and Tiltover. Will have possibly two 6M2WLC nine element 6m antenna stacked. At the very minimum one will be up and running there. Possibly an A3S for HF on the tower as well. In Planning for Spring 2016.
Push up pole: Mosley mini 33AW working great! Worked FT4JA with this mini Mosley and 400W. Awesome antenna for its super small size.
Other antennas: R7000 vertical, Hustler 5BTV modified with ground plane and cap hat. Just purchased a Titanex 160HD with tuning unit for next qth. That will be epic.
All antennas will be fed by a combination of Andrew LDF4-50A and LMR400UF.
Next QTH will have a MA40 with rotatable base with a 6M2WLC 6m antenna, and for low bands a Titanex V 160 HD for low bands.
Future investments will include: Icom 7300, Flex 6500 and SPE 1K
Below is a picture of me and my son, Max, who is now three and a half years old (pictured below from almost a eighteen months ago). He is super bright and already speaks Spanish and English fluently. We have started Max on French and Mandarin Chinese now as it appears he has a talent like his mother for languages.
Below is a picture of some of my favorite QSL cards (6m QSLs).
Max dreaming of his favorite band 6m!! No other band is as wonderful and frustrating as 6m. It is band that has our entire family hooked on ham radio for life (just kidding, wife isn't too thrilled about this goofy hobby).
Below is a picture of me and my wife Susanna at my sister's wedding a few years ago. She is a wonderful wife and mother for Max and Ana.
We are about to have our 15th anniversary on May 4, 2016. I can hardly believe how fast the time goes by!!!
Below is a picture of my little angels, Roxy and Bentley. They are cavalier king charles spaniels and were our kids before Max came around. They are still my fur babies and I love them so much.
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