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

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

A new update on things, as of June 27th, 2014 my station has gone to 100% Solar power. It's pretty awesome...

Equipment HF/6M
Rigs: Kenwood TS-480SAT (Primary), Kenwood TS-520S (Secondary)
Ant: Cushcraft R-7000, 80M Helical Dipole @ 35ft (soon to be decomissioned)
Accessories: Signalink USB (All Rigs), MFJ-949EY (All HF), SP-520 (2, one on each rig), VFO-520, TV-506, Shure 555 (520S), 4Port RJ-45 Switch

Equipment VHF
Rigs: 2 Yaesu FT-7800R (2m/440), Motorla MaxTrac (2m), Bendix-King Handheld (2m/Public Service)
Ant: Cushcraft ARX2B Ringo Ranger II @35ft.
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 555 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 12 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. Please note as of July 1 2014 I've run out of paper cards, and need to redeisgn and reorder more. In the interim, if you need one for an award, or something special, please let me know and I'll make one up. That being said, I doubt I'll get around to a new design/print soon- I want to make something "hometown specific" but can't get the right photo/artwork. My last ones didn't come out like I wanted and it took years to run through them, this time I want a card you'll be as proud as I am to hang on your wall. In the meantime LoTW will be the primary way, and I usually update once a week if not sooner.

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 no longer using eQSL I have no interest at all in using other methods, so please keep that in mind. I QSL for myself and for others whom chase paper, I'm just happy to have worked you.

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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