I was first licensed as a Novice in 1959 as KN7RMJ. Unfortunately, I let the license expire. Then in 1971 I was licensed as a novice again as WN7TCJ and three months later my call was WA7TCJ when I upgraded to Advanced. Then in 1976 I applied for and was re-issued K7RMJ and in 1998 upgraded to Extra.
This is a QRP transmitter. Output is about 300 mw. It started life as the modern version of the Tuna-Tin-II and after a little tweaking I call it the CatsCan-3.
The only modification to the original circuit was to add a keying transistor. 1/3 of a watt output and it has worked over 1000 miles into central Florida.
My lil buddy Squeaky the cat (now a silent meow) helped build this. She cleaned out the chassis for me and provided expert advice.
Here is a home brew receiver in progress. The basic receiver is a 160 Meter superhet with a 2-band converter on the lower left circuit board. All the circuits are Doug Demaw designs and most circuit boards are courtesy of Fair Circuits.
My favorite mode is CW but you will find me now and then on 146.52 simplex. I love building QRP gear and building antennas. Member of the W9ABG Antenna Builders Guild based in the St Louis area. Check out our Antenna Builders Guild Yahoo group. There are some great DIY antennas described there.
I am also an associate member, past Vice President, past director and past full member of the Egyptian Radio Club based in Granite City, IL. It is called the Egyptian Radio Club because when first formed all the members were from an area of Illinois called "Little Egypt". The club is the second oldest continuously operating club in the USA. It was first formed in November of 1929.
Visit this Yahoo group for more information about the Antenna Builders Group, W9ABG. http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Antenna_Builders/
My current HF station is off the air but will be back on the air as soon as I harness a few of Mother Nature's towers (trees) in the back yard. We recently moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas after retirement in March 2016. That completed over 46 years in the Telephone industry. It has been quite a ride. I started in November, 1969 as a communications technician for AT&T Long Lines in Phoenix, AZ.
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DE K7RMJ Frank dit-dit
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