In 2013 I mobiled to and participated in 10 state QSO parties and was in nearly 400 counties on the County Hunter CW frequencies. Had some great runs with operating partners in the Florida and Texas QSO parties. I keep adding spares to my mobile arsenal. Mobile operation can be tough on equipment as I have found out over time. I am currently refurbishing my base station with a new second tower and antenna additions that include a Force Sigma 80 meter rotatable dipole and a Force Combo yagi 6el on 20 and 3el on 40. Those two new antennas will go along with my Force 6el 15 meter and 8el 10 meter beams on tower number 1. A 160 meter Vee off tower number 2 will complete the 6 band antenna effort. I plan to put up a little something for the WARC bands but since I mainly like to contest WARC band antennas will be a secondary effort. New equipment is being employed to revamp my SO2R setup. Many years have gone past now so 48 hour contests will likely be a thing of the past but there are many short spurt contests < 48 hours an old man can have fun in. Those will be the ones I participate in for their duration. A few comments on my ham and personal history.
Licensed since August 1959 in Dallas, Texas as KN5YAA. Worked all states as a Novice when there were only 49. Was a Navy AT3 Flight Radioman aboard Super Constellations ( Willy Victors ) in VW-13 over the North Atlantic. Operated many hours from Argentia, Newfoundland as K5YAA/VO1 and Keflavik, Iceland as TF2WIU during 1963 and 1964. Have been on some good field days but one of my best ever was from a set of gun bunkers over looking Placentia Bay in 1964 as K5YAA/VO1. One bunker was SSB and the other CW. All Collins gear with 2x4 supported dipoles on the cliffs. Several Coast Guard and Navy operators participated and local VO1 operators helped with the set up. CW was our passion in those days operating on the early warning barrier and from the hanger top stations in Argentia and Keflavik.
CW contesting remains my favorite part of the hobby but once in a while I will use the device hanging down from my ProSet. I really enjoy the technical improvements in logging and contesting since those early days provided by developers of many fine logging and contesting programs.
If you need an Oklahoma card or one from Rogers County, OK send yours along and I will reciprocate. I also try and put all my Qs on LOTW. eQSL has yet to send along their postcard address confirmation so I have that QSL method on the back burner for now. Never could get Authenticated via LOTW so looks like a very long wait if you expect a confirmation using that service.
I've been in Oklahoma since 1989 and spent ten years in central Missouri - a great place to raise boys. Before that I spent 35 years in the Dallas, Texas area. My son Mark is K5YAC and my XYL Carol of 48 years is K5YAB. We love the midwest, the people and the countryside. Will never go back to the big city - too much concrete. I spent much of my working life in business designing and manufacturing radio-telephone equipment for the land mobile and aviation industries. The FCC had a way of getting in the way at times as the Federal Government often does but I made a good living and had a great ride in my business years. Finished my working days in data engineering at American Airlines and Equant, a joint venture between SITA of Paris, France and American Airlines. I taught myself embedded chip programming and C C++ along with a half dozen other languages to compliment my hardware design capabilities. Wish I had learned software programming long before 1985. Talk about an easy and clean way to get things to do what you want them to do. Retired at 57 and have not looked back. Ham Radio is my life these days and I'm spending most of the hours of my days on some part of it.
Hopefully everyone else who has been in this hobby has gained as many friendships as I have over the years. The hobby has been good to me as it put me on my life's work journey. Hearing Radio Moscow in my 8th grade science class on a SX38 brought in by my good friend Mike Cracraft ( formerly K5WZB ) peaked my interest in radio. The rest is history after getting a novice ticket administered by W5BXV Harry Moore. He was an Elmer of mine in the early years in this hobby. Harry is still alive at 91 years old in Athens, Texas. High School friends I am still in contact with include AK5X Bill Hammond and K5FSE Jack Nelson. Both are good CW operators and remain on the air today. Its good to have such friends after 54 years in the hobby.
Some of my fondest memories of Ham Radio in Oklahoma include the many NAQP contests held at Ken Adams K5KA's place - now a Silent Key. Ken always had his station ready for action and had many FB operators from around the country come visit to play in the NAQP. He had several wins nationally for his Multi-2 efforts. I miss him and his enthusiasm for the hobby like many others do.
Although my name is Gerald I go by Jerry on the air and in person. I have never learned how to use a keyer and when not using my computer to send CW I pound the brass with a Vibroplex bug or my Bencher straight key. Either is music to my ears.
A few photos of my mobile station made up of a K3, a second K3, a TS480 and ICOM 706 as backups, an AL811H amplifier with a Tokyo High Power Amp and a second AL811H as backups. Two Tarheel antennas with three Honda generators two for backup, the third for running. The picture with all the snow was the Oklahoma QSO Party 2010. It snowed several inches in the middle of March! Messed up both generators I had at the time. I have now built a cover for the running generator to keep the rain and snow out of the carburetor. Tested heavily in the 2010 Florida QSO Party when it rained buckets full in Northern Florida. The generator stayed dry!
One of my 3 amplifiers dedicated to mobiling.
Me at the operating position.
K4BAI John Laney III my FQP2013 operating buddy.
The Elecraft K3 - a neat little radio with many contesting features.
Snow in the middle of March in Oklahoma.
The mobile trailer before the boards were placed around the perimeter.
My Dodge Caravan that has served me well.
For 6 Meter enthusiasts I was told this looks Cool. A M2 6M Loop.
Myself (Right) and my Texas QSO Party Operating Partner Erik N5WR
Erik N5WR doing some surgery on a TQP keying cable.
A few more photos of friends that love the hobby
Bill AK5X, Me, Pete N5KD and their Lovely XYLs.
Paul N4PN one of the most prolific contest operators in the country.
KO7X Alan Brubaker - a Wyoming multiplier and dinner partner.
W0BH Bob and N4PN strategizing about the 2013 Georgia QSO Party.
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