Visit my (terrible) web-site; http://K3STX.com for more pix of me, my station, and my Morse code keys/restorations.
Old picture of me at age 16 in 1979 and recent picture of me at age 46 in 2009 and with my ol' DX-20 and HQ-170A in 2013. YIKES!!
Active as TK/K3STX in Apr. 2010; LA/K3STX in Feb. 2011; 6Y5/K3STX in Aug. 2012; KP2/K3STX in April 2015. QSL via K3STX buro
I was first licensed as KA3BOD in 1978 at age 15. It was the peak of sunspot cycle 21 and the bands were CROWDED; as Novice on 15 meters we were working DX like it was next door. I assumed it would always be like this (turns out I was very wrong). I was on the air day-and-night until I went to college in 1981. Changed callsign to N4HEK in 1983 since I was now in North Carolina and didn’t like the idea of “KA3BOD/4” for the rest of my life. Was basically off the air from 1981 until 2003. During this time got married, had kids, and moved to Potomac, MD. Once my kids got to sleep through the night I got on the air again and changed my call back to a 3-land call-sign. With the Vanity license program I chose K3STX. My operating mode is exclusively CW and my main interest now is chasing DX. I also collect/restore antique radios from the 1920’s and I am obsessed with the music of the Grateful Dead, I am a Dead-Head.
I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke and I work at the National Institutes of Health where I am the director of a Immunology Research laboratory. The reason I chose K3STX for my callsign is because my lab cloned a human gene that we named “STX”. I thought it would make it easier for me to remember my call that way. Besides, K3STX is easy to send on CW.
My "Big-Rig" is a Kenwood TS-590S and I have a 400 watt Ameritron AL-811 amp that I used for new DXCC countries and in contests. I usually operate my boat anchors, however. I have always enjoyed tinkering with radios, and I am now into using my Drake 4-Line barefoot (R4A and T4XB) for my QSOs. I have recently sold some of my other boatanchors, like my old Hammarlund HQ-170A (a great radio), my Heathkit DX-60B/HG-10B combo, and still have the Drakes and my Hallicrafters SX-71. Making QSOs on a transceiver is too easy; it is fun to tune around, get the TX on frequency, ... ... ... Maybe it's just me getting old remembering my Heathkit DX-100 and Hallicrafters S20R from my novice days.
I have also built little transmitters that I use on the air. THOSE QSOs are even harder to make, since I am rock-bound with either my 6AG7/6L6 transmitter in the metal chassis or the slat-board 6A7G oscillator with6L6 or 6DQ6 amp tube (I can use either one). They are each powered by a homebrew 150 mA 400 volt power supply. The little metal one has a small VXO that allows me to go up or down 1 kc or so. I have wired each of them so that when B+ is flowing the oscillator is always running and I only "key" the amplifier tube. This REALLY cuts down on the chirping one gets from also keying the oscillator. It is really fun making QSOs with these little guys. I have JUST finished making a three tube Regenerodyne superhet 40 M receiver. The picture is UNDER the transmitter photos. You see the big dial is the National Vernier that is hooked to ANOTHER small 6:1 vernier, I get a 36:1 vernier this way and can easily tune in CW signals with a single tuning cap.
only use Morse code, and after 3 decades of using iambic paddles I have decided this was too easy; I have now switched to using semi-automatic Vibroplex bugs! I know, this is the BACKWARDS way of doing things, but it is fun for me. I DO still have my Kent TP-1 paddles that I occassionally use, especially when I want my callsign to be well understood! When you hear me on the air with my TS-590S I use my chrome 1959 Lightning bug, but use my 1917 Original, 1923 Original, or 100th Anniversary Original with my old Drakes and my homebrew transmitters.
My antennas are a 100' long ladder-line fed dipole up about 50', a 40M/20M fan dipole NE/SW up 40', an 80M vertical and 160M inverted L (70' vertical) that share a common radial field. I have 5BDXCC, basic 5BWAZ (188 zones worked with 176 zones confirmed), and have confirmed 317 DXCC countries. This is all on CW, I don't operate any other mode (other than to give PVRC points for the SSB November Sweepstakes Contest).
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