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The K4FX-L Echolink station is back on the air after a several year hiatus. The link is on 2m simplex here locally. I hope to see many of you guys from the past Echolink days come back on and let us know how you are doing. If you haven't been on Echolink, you really should try it, there have been lots of changes since we were last QRV, with the huge increase in smartphone use, and apps for both Android and Iphone, there are a lot more users on via that mode. It's a great way to enjoy the hobby, it is very simple to operate from the PC or the Smartphone, and most hams with a spare VHF or UHF laying around probably have the parts needed to build a fine link in their junk boxes. I know I did, and my junk box is average at best.

Hope to see you there, the link is on 24/4. You can download the free Echolink software for PC at www.echolink.org, the Android app on Google Play and the Iphone app at the App Store.


I have been licensed since 1978. HF contesting is my main interest. I also enjoy chasing DX, ragchewing, digital modes, satellites,and HF mobile operation, and CW. I hold the call YS1XS from San Salvador El Salvador from my operations there in the 1990's, QSL's are via Dave, WD4PDZ...I also operated from Haiti (HH2 and HH3) Costa Rica (TI4) Brazil (PY2) as AA4FS/ in the early 1990's.

The A4S at 75 feet

My home station: Main Station, Icom IC-756 Pro II and Aneritron AL-1500 Secondary Station, Yaesu FT-857D and Heathkit SB-220, Cushcraft A4S @ 23 Meters, Homebrewed OCF dipole @ 18 Meters, DX-B Qtr Wave Sloper for 160, 4 el Hygain on 6m, Full wave loop for 40m. SO2R control is done with a DX Doubler by Top Ten Devices. Antenna switching by the Six-Pack by Array Solutions.

PC is a Home Brewed Pentium Dual Core with 1.25TB storage, Winkey2 Serial Keyer, Homebrew Paddle, MFJ 989D Tuner, Ham M Rotor (with Ham 3 Controller), Astron RS-35M (rebuilt /w new pass-trans & rectifier & cooling fan) RS-20A (upgraded pass trans.), Heil Goldline GM4 on short boom, Audio-Comm Headset/Mic, RF is monitored with a Telepost LP-100A with dual coupler option. QRP is now used on 40-30-20m with the Softrock Ensemble.Tuning Amp

Here is the LP-100A digital watt meter testing the AL-1500 into a dummy load, this was with far less than the 65w drive advertized for 1500 out.

Currently enjoying SO2R operation, have worked a few contest and am getting used to running 2 radios. Not as easy as one might think. Added a 300hz Inrad filter to the little Yaesu and its performance has really improved a lot, also put in a LDG Z-100 plus, although a better 2nd rig is high on my wish list.

Software G0CUZ's Winlog 32, N1MM Contest Logger, MMTTY and MMSSTV

I QSL 100% via E-QSL & LOTW, but for direct QSL please include SASE!

Hope to see you on the air sometime!


Bill K4FX




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