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HI! I'm Tom, Welcome to my sad little QRZ Page!

I've managed to get my station setup and get in on the fun on the air. Things are not ideal, but when are they?
Things in fact have gotten better now that I've repaired the minor damage to my R-7000. I can actually work Q's now.
Now I'm moving on to improving things, more on that later.

So you are here looking for information, right? Well let me tell you some things that you might like to know.

Equipment HF/6M
Rigs: Kenwood TS-480SAT (Primary), Kenwood TS-520S (Secondary)
Ant: Cushcraft R-7000, 80M Helical Dipole @ 35ft (soon to be decomissioned), 160m Vertical (In construction), Multi-band inverted L (In planning)
Accessories: Signalink USB (All Rigs), MFJ-949EY (All HF), SP-520 (2, one on each rig), VFO-520, TV-506, MC-50 (520S), 4Port RJ-45 Switch

Equipment VHF
Rigs: Yaesu FT-7800R (2m/440), Motorla MaxTrac (2m), Bendix-King Handheld (2m/Public Service)
Ant: Cushcraft ARX2B Ringo Ranger II @35ft, Homebrew 2m/440 5/9 element yagi (FM Sat)
Accessories: Signalink USB, 4Port RJ-45 Switch

So I bet you are wondering, Tom, How do you have 1 Signalink on 3 rigs? Well, Simple, the internal header for the Signalink is the same for the Kenwood TS-480SAT and the Yeasu FT-7800R, so I simply wired both up to a manual RJ-45 Switch, Then I wired up a connector from the RJ-45 to the Mic Connector for the 520S, put in a Y harness between the MC-50 and the Signalink and Poof 3 Rigs, 1 Signalink. Now of course one could homebrew everything and just use the computer soundcard, but the Signalink is great in that it's basically a USB Soundcard with manual level adjustments, and it spares me from the annoyance of having to swap audio settings all the time. Besides, who can argue with working Digital while enjoying some nice music as well?

The 80m Helical is basically 4 slinky toys welded together 2 on each end (trimmed for center) There are a few things I learned from this "experiment". First, Slinky's don't like weather- a good two coats of Enamel paint will make it last for years. Second, if you don't support the ends from stretching, it won't make it though a year, use some good support rope and tie it off at your set spacing every 3 loops on both the top and the bottom, this will help it from stretching out, deforming, twisting, etc. - The best part about building them is how inexpensive and easy they are, I've found the discount stores carry the full sized slinky toys for about $2USD/ea and the Enamel spray paint cost a whole $1. "Version 3" got caught up in the tree that supports the center, and it promply was magled by weather. It still preforms well in this state, but it's just encouraged me to move on to try something new.

In the idea of trying something new, my next two projects are a multi-band inverted L antenna, and a 160m Helical vertical. We'll see how these work out and maybe update about them in the future.

Generally, you'll find me working JT-65, JT-9, PSK31, RTTY, SSB. I work CW now and then, but due to Tinnitus this is a rare occurance. I will usually save my CW work for the brief run in a CW Contest, because I can only stand it in short-bursts (I was lucky to get though my 20wpm Code Test (Never did upgrade to Adv/Extra. Maybe someday). However, I've found thanks to the "digital age" I can manage to combine the computer with my ear and rack up a good 100 or so before I can't stand it.

Finally. I've now gotten WAS-LOTW-Basic Thanks to Les KL7J who pushed me over the top with a JT-65 QSO on 17m on July/3/2012 @ 1941. Thanks Bucnhes Les!!

I'm currently working on a few more, have nailed down about 9 different WAS awards; Currently working on the WARC bands and picking off the few last ones for a couple more. I mostly hang out and try to help people with that "rare DX of NY" over on the K3UK LOTW Sked page which you can find at http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/ it's a great little place with a bunch of great folks who are egar and more than willing to set up a sked or work on the fly.

I'm also involved with the USislands group, having been part of the crew to Activate and Qualify NY-45R Beaver Island with the W2SEX Call. We're looking at doing a few more of these in the near future so keep an ear out for us.

I am also a past President, Newsletter editor, and 13-year Board of Director of the Amateur Radio Assoc. of the Tonawands (W2SEX). Oh, and as of June 2012, I'm serving on the ARATS Board again. I never seem to get a break :). I am also an ARRL Accredited Volunteer Examiner and an ARRL Member (Probably soon to be Life Member, Just because).

About QSLing: I'm good via LoTW, as well as the 3905CCN Buro's. If you need a card from me, the inclusion of a SASE will ensure you get one back, non-SASE'ed cards will get replied to, its just a matter of me having the time to get to the post to send it out, these days I usually only originate out a card for 3905CCN and Needed Q's.*Please note as of Aug/2013 I've run out of paper cards, and need to redeisgn and reorder more. There are two gaps in my log in which one set were lost due to a fire while "portable 8" (99) and a computer snag (04). I am on eQSL but I upload there infrequently, and only for those who use eQSL, I'm done dealing with it. I am also good in Club Log.

Outside of Amateur Radio, I enjoy Music, Fishing, Geocaching and Reading; but like Amateur Radio it seems I never have much time for that as well.

73-Tom KB2URI

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