Greetings my friend, please call me Gene, a short name for Eugene. Thank you for looking up my call sign and hope we are currently working on the ham radio.
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My lovely XYL (Carolyn, AD5HP) and I live in the community of Granda Mesa, Crystal Falls that is West of Leander, Texas. We live at the start of the Hill Country in Central Texas. Leander was first settled in 1845, the same year the Republic of Texas was Annexed into the United States (December 29, 1845). Leander was established as a town in 1882, and today, has a population greater than 30,000.
Leander is a good 10 miles West of Austin, called the "Live Music Capital of the World." That is because Austin is home to some of the largest music events including "South by Southwest (SxSW)" and the "Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Austin's unofficial motto is "Keep Austin Weird," and it is in many, many ways. (hi hi)
Photo Caption: Various facets of ham radio and boating with our 3rd harmonics on the Highland Lakes.
We also operate a second ham radio station located on the Eastern shore of Lake Buchanan, a short 5 miles West of Burnet, Texas. It is located at The Emeralds, a small penisula on the lake. Lake Buchanan is the highest elevation (1018 feet mean sea level) lake in the Highland Lakes chain managed by the Lower Colorodo River Authority (LCRA).
I was originally licensed as WN5KPG, then WA5KPG, in San Antonio, Texas, but upgraded many years ago to Amateur Extra, whereby, I selected my current callsign. I have always been excited about the mysteries of radio which led me to a career in RF engineering. Many of our family members have also become hams over years including my lovely XYL (Carolyn, AD5HP), daughter, 2 son-in-laws, my late father (a silent key), sister, brother-in-law and someday, who knows, our grandchildren.
My interests include working ham radio satellites, the International Space Station (ISS), low power digital modes (lately JT65 and JT9), DX, State QSO Parties, ARRL Field Day, QRP to the Field, and HF mobile. My favorite operating modes are Morse CW, low bandwidth digital signaling and working DX. My XYL and I always enjoy participating in ARRL Field Day and the Texas QSO Party and consider these "our" events. You can also find me tuned in to the 7163 kHz Net to keep up with 40M DX in the wee hours of the morning.
You are invited to visit my website http://www.k5pa.com for a better look at my interests.
Since the inception of the FCC/VEC program I have been a Volunteer Examiner (VE) and "give back" to amateur radio by helping others achieve their goals of becoming radio operators.
I recently retired as a Systems Engineer from a radio communications technology company specializing in radio-geolocation and its applications.
Professionally, I hold the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from The University of Texas at Austin, I am a Life Senior Member of the I.E.E.E. and a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Texas (Retired).
In addition to ham radio, my XYL and I are most excited about our 11 grandchildren and watching them grow. We love leisure boating on our beautiful Highland Lakes located in the Central Texas Hill Country. We are also active in tennis and, related to this, we volunteer with The Special Olympics Texas program by serving as Certified Tennis Coaches.
Photo Caption: Ham Radio to the Field from Texas State Parks with Lovely XYL, AD5HP. Logos of organizations I enjoy.
Ham Radio Tech Notes/Designs
A few modest awards
The 7163net Group members were responsible for leading the effort in activating Cuba in this joint activity. The 4V1TL callsign from Radio Club D'Haiti is a Special Event Station.
My current log from Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Web Log Book
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I use an assortment of vertical antennas and wire dipole with or without a remote tuner. The tuner is the LDG R600 unit mounted at the base of the vertical support for the 80m dipole. This antenna is definitely a cloud burner, however, it is useful on the upper HF bands as well.
Photograph of the DXW4030VA1, 40/30m vertical in the backyard with 40, 33-foot radials on the ground.
Below is shown the V/UHF stack located just outside the ham shack. The beam antennas point to dominate population centers to reduce complexity of having to provide rotation.
I support the DX Code of Conduct
... and to all my new friends,
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