OK, A lot of my friends in radio have been on me to put something up on QRZ. My name is Rick Mullaney and I started into ham radio because of my friends in school when I was 15 years old. Steve Taylor K5MR was my best friend in highschool along with Ralph Bowen N5RZ. We were all from Richardson,Texas. Anyway, I turned 16 and found out what girls and driving cars was all about but promised them I would get on the air when I settled down. I became a ham at age 30. Took me a while didn't it? I also owe my Elmer Hal Dietz W5GHZ a lot of the credit because I met him while I was flying for Cival Air Patrol and he was the ham that resparked my interest in ameteur radio. He has been an inspiration to me and created a monster when he helped put me on the air. He taught me how to build and set up antennas and tune the old tube rigs. He also fixed what I smoked because I always thought just a little bit more power would be better. Hi! Hi! We live and we learn don't we?
As you see, my first love is flying which I owe to my father who inspired me and was a Vietnam war vetran with the Distigugished Flying Cross and the Airman Metal with 112 missions in Vietnam. I of course I am very proud of him. He was a 30 year captain for American Airlines and a I of course had to follow my dad's footsteps.
My accomplishments in amateur radio include as a novice,(no monster):
1. Entered the Novice Round UP Contest with a Kenwood TS-530 and a smoking 100 watts with a Radio Shack quarter wave stainless steel CB whip trimmed for 10 meters and mounted on a WWII metal hangar at the airport where I worked that had dementions of 100 ft X 200 ft. The antenna was up on top in the middle at 35 ft. I was Second Nationally, Section Leader, and Division Leader. 1991 (my one and only contest)
2. Worked all Zones as a novice on 10 meters 1993.
3. DXCC with 295 countries as a novice on 10 meters 1993.
4. 6 Band DXCC is done but need to submit to the ARRL on 10M, 15M, 20M, 40M, 80M, and 17M.
4. CQDX Award with 275 countries submitted at the time in 1993 as a novice.
5. 5 Band WAS that I still need to submit to the ARRL.
6. I just need 5 more countries to have them all at this time. All you see above has been worked on vertical antennas on phone. I need to submit all my cards to the ARRL but dread the task. Hi! Hi! All confirmations are physical cards. Too many for the wall.HI!
My Current Station:
My current station is very simple. My antennas are of course home brew monoband verticals built out of scrap aluminum tubing from friends antennas that fell and broke in the Oklahoma wind for 10M, 15M, 20M and 40M with a few inverted V's put up for 80M and 40M and 17M. My rig is a Yaseu FT-1000MP with my o'l reliable Heathkit SB-220 amplifier I have had for ever.
To my wife Sharon:
Thank you for all the good time on the radio not sitting beside you watching TV and other things. How many of us can say that is true? She has been the best most understanding wonderful woman I could ever have. I am so lucky and blessed!
73 and Good DX Rick KB5MRT
I will up date this site with pics of the station, antennas, and I soon 12-6-2012
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