K3FGO celebrating 50 years in ham radio
Received my Novice license at age 12, call sign KN3FGO in 1963. In 1964 I got my General and became an avid DX'er and contester with the Frankford Radio Club in Philadelphia. Advanced upgrade followed.
My rig is a Yaesu FT-1000D, with an Alpha 76PA linear amplifier. Using a 75' tower with a 4 element M2 20M4DX, with a 2 element 40 meter Cushcraft XM-240 yagi above it at 85'. Also use a 30M sloper towards Europe, Inverted V's for 17 and 80 mtrs, inverted "L" on 160. Now on 6m with Yaesu FT-650 and SB-220 (King conversions for 6).
2nd tower is under construction for optibeam 12/17m duoband yagi at 66', 7L C3i for 6 at 71', and a 2L 30m optibeam yagi at 76'. Dan, K1TO, is doing a fantastic job, with target date for completion by Oct. 2014. Thanks to Franco, K1MAA, the cement work is first rate.
A 720' Beverage is aimed at Europe and used on 160 and 80 and 40 meters. A youtube link to hear the Beverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmNjvHxJWgw
The QSL card below was designed by my father for me when I was licensed in 1963. I have kept the card exactly as he drew it 50 years ago, in memory of him. I plan on continuing with this card for the next 50 yrs.
Below is QSL when operation at holiday QTH, portable 1 in CAPE COD, EASTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
1966 CQ DX contest at W3YUW: Spotting at left is K0ZX (ex WB2OAE) and K3FGO with headphones
Not shown is Steve, W3BGN, who did a fabulous job on both 80 and 15 meters.
73 from Monson Massachusetts U.S.A.
Gary, K3FGO and family
Adult children Michael, Matt, Meghan and me in Brooklyn, NY
Son-in-law Jesse with grandson Ozzy
Son-in-law Vincent with grandaughter Gracie at cape Cod with my daughter D-girl standing
My 3 youngest kiddos having a quiet moment together
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