I obtained my Novice license in 1958 and I have been active ever since. My callsign is an original and in the early 90's I upgraded to Extra Class. Almost all my operating is on CW and QRP CW when conditions warrant that type of operation. I belong to ARRL, QRP-ARCI #9616, SKCC #1540, NAQCC #3894 and I am a SOTA Chaser.
To keep track of time and for a station accent on the wall I built a dual clock that simultaneously shows GMT and Central time. It is made from cherry and walnut.
My operating position consists of an Elecraft K3/100 coupled with a P3 scope and a KX3 coupled with a PX3 scope. Microsoft Excel handles all my logging needs and various Elecraft software packages integrate both K3's with my computer, a MacBook Pro. I can control the station manually with either radio combination or let the computer do most of the work. I prefer manual control for most operations.
My QRP station consists of an Elecraft KX3, PX3, 7.5 and 9 Ah. batteries in custom cases and various homebrew keyer paddles. In the field I use a variety of homebrew antennas suitable for the field covering 40/30/20 meters.
For CW keying I use two different iambic paddles. The BY-1 by Bencher and the Kent Twin Paddle key. The original finger pieces on each paddle have been replaced with Zebra Wood which is more stable and won't flex like plastic, is more comfortable to use and provides greater visual interest.
Pictured below are a several straight keys that I either designed and built or which were "basket cases" and that I rebuilt. The have all been used over the years.
I have also made several keyer paddles for the field of which these are typical. One is a simple single lever paddle that is designed to be held with one hand and keyed with the other. Another paddle is made using two micro switches and is more table top suited.
One important piece of equipment for antenna work is my Elecraft W1 wattmeter. It autoscales from 0.1 to 140 watts. Being hand held it is very convenient in both the shack and field. The kit, while easy to assemble, does not come with case. So, I made one out of white oak with a plastic top panel. The back side has a removable panel for easy access to the board and for battery replacement.
Antennas consist of a CF Zepp up 30 feet covering 80 through 6 meters. Also, a homebrew rotary dipole covering 20/15/10 meters up 20 feet. Both antenna systems utilize self supporting home made masts.
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