Hello, my name is John and I enjoy CW ragchewing!
In the beginning I was age 11 and Popular Electronics SWL WPE7COH. Many late nights were spent shortwaving on my KnightKit Star Roamer with both ears delighted with Radio Nederland's Happy Station, HCJB's DX Partyline, Moscow Mailbag...the good old days. It wasn't long before I was 'all in' on all things radio...and ham radio was on the horizon!
Contrary to popular belief I did not get my ticket from inside a cereal box. My elmer was a dog-eared copy of the ARRL License Manual. A novice since middle school, I upgraded the old fashioned way, in front of a mean and nasty FCC examiner. I still remember the old federal building...and that code exam starting with rapid-fire V's!
K7FD circa 1969, then WA7IHO
Continuing with my interest in all things radio, I ended up spinning the hits during the late 70's & 80's as a rock n' roll DJ. Our station motto was we're better than we sound! It was a dream job come true for a ham. Then video killed the radio star. Hit fast forward.
Reinventing myself, somehow I became a 'computer expert' - not to be confused with someone who actually studied Information Technology and degrees to prove it. But armed with a little self-taught knowledge, I successfully battled against pc's, networks, and nitwits for the next 20+ years. Now retired, I continue to live on the Oregon coast...my QTH for over 30 years.
Long ago, I ran a Heathkit DX-60/HR-10B combo, Galaxy V Mk III, assorted Collins gear, and other relics of yesteryear. My very first transmitter was an Ameco AC-1. It got out so well I even received a special 'pink' QSL from the FCC monitoring station in Anchorage, Alaska!
Today the ham shack sports some fine Ten Tec plastic radios, a couple of Elecraft rigs, Drake B Line, and assorted Kenwood gear. Sometimes even a QRP rig will sneak into the line up. Forty meters is my favorite band with 3 full half-wave slopers at 55' in a switchable array.
This year marks my 48th year of continuous brass pounding. I share the radio room with my lovely XYL Annette N7SG; we first met when she came over from 3 doors down to complain about RFI. Really. She's a phone op, I'm CW. We enjoy combining amateur radio with RV'ing in Vincent Van Go, our Communications Cruiser.
No longer an active contester or DXer, I find a good CW ragchew much more to my liking. I hangout on 7.043 kHz most of the time calling out a CQ periodically throughout the day. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
Thanks for reading my bio! 73, John K7FD
Odds and ends...
Build the irresistible red rooster CrowPro hand key!
All it takes is a red rooster silicone oven mitt (available from kitchen stores or Amazon), 2 brass brad contacts, mono plug, and a 2 conductor cable. Punch two holes, insert brads, solder it up, and you're ready for action!
Simply slip your hand inside Red's beak and flap away for flawless dits and dahs!
Key clucks optional; chirps and birdies guaranteed!
Works best at the crack of dawn. Crow like a pro.
The workbench usually has a QRP kit in construction stage. Below is a Screamin' Yellow SST...
...and a Curious George miniature lunchbox spy radio!
Field Day, overnight shift...QRZzzzz
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