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QSL POLICY: I ENJOY VERY MUCH receiving and sending cards. I will QSL via card if you send me a QSL card. Due to the odd size of my QSL cards (4x6) a self addressed envelope is not requested. International QSLs, please consider sending an IRC or help with postage. I also QSL 100% on eQSL (Authenticity Guaranteed) and LoTW.
If you're looking for me, or want to schedule a contact, I'm usually hanging out here while in the shack: http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=lotw
Also you can check out my Amateur Radio Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/K7KKY
I received my license Nov 30, 2011. I got interested in becoming a licensed HAM after seeing the local Herriman club demonstrating their equipment for Boy Scouts during JOTA 2011. I was amazed at the great distances of communication using only a long wire. I was hooked. I took a technician class taught by the local club, read and studied the technician book and decided to go further. By the time the testing date came around I was ready to pass my Technician and General License tests.
Since that time I've been active on local repeaters in Utah. I've dabbled in Satellite FM with my handheld. I purchased 2 dual band radios (one handheld Yaesu FT-60R, one mobile Yaesu FT-7800R) and have an additional Go-Kit borrowed from the city that has a radio (Kenwood TM-V71), antenna, etc. I purchased an HF rig (Kenwood TS-480SAT) and have been enjoying making contacts all over the US and the world. I have an Alpha Delta DX-CC dipole connected to my roof and it has legs down to the back corners of my yard. So I guess you would call it a shortened sloped inverted veee multiband dipole. I purchased an MFJ 993B tuner which gets me around all the bands.
I enjoy making long distance contacts and currently my record is 10085.7 miles to ZS2EC in South Africa (JT65 digital). I've worked ALL STATES confirmed on LoTW and eQSL in many categories. I've communicated with 71 entities (as of 11/15/2012).
I enjoy learning about emergency preparedness and emergency communication. I've completed the CERT class and have been going through ARRL's Emergency Communications Handbook. Great to know that this hobby could be very useful during an emergency. There have been a couple of hillside fires here and a mudslide. I've also worked during marathon races.
UPDATE: 11/10/2011 Just passed my EXTRA license test!!
Kenwood TS-480SAT (100 Watts output used as base and portable HF+6M)
Yaesu FT-7800R (2 meter/70cm mobile rig)
Yaesu FT-60R (2 meter/70cm handheld)
Baufeng UV3R (2 meter/70cm handheld, just for fun)
Signalink-USB (soundcard interface for my Kenwood)
Vibroplex paddle key
Bencher straight key (gifted to me by a very generous HAM who has not been forgotten)
Alpha Delta DX-CC (10-80m shortened dipole, with custom 6m element added)
MODES I ENJOY:
SSB (checking into nets and DX, and local ragchew)
PSK (great fast digital mode)
JT-65 (wonderful performer for weak signals)
OLIVIA (another great performer for weak signals)
SSTV (just learning how to do this one)
CW (I'm only at about 5 wpm but give me a couple of months)
MY AWARDS: (not all have been applied for)
LOTW 5 BAND WAS (7 Bands 10,15,17,20,30,40,80) 10/15/2013
LOTW WAS BASIC
LOTW WAS 10 METERS
LOTW WAS 15 METERS
LOTW WAS 17 METERS (07/2013)
LOTW WAS 20 METERS
LOTW WAS 40 METERS
LOTW WAS 80 METERS (04/2013)
LOTW WAS DIGITAL
LOTW WAS DIGITAL-JT65
LOTW WAS 10M JT65
LOTW WAS 15M JT65
LOTW WAS 17M JT65 (07/2013)
LOTW WAS 20M JT65
LOTW WAS 40M JT65
LOTW WAS 80M JT65 (04/2013)
eQSL eDX 25 MIXED
eQSL eDX 50 MIXED (01/2013)
eQSL ePFX 300 MIXED (01/2013)
eQSL eWAS MIXED (09/2012)
eQSL eWAS JT65 (10/2012)
eQSL eWAS 15M (6/2013)
eQSL eWAS 20M (11/2012)
eQSL eWAS 40M (12/2012)
eQSL eWAS WARC (7/2013)
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