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Well I have decided to go for the Gastric Bypass surgery to try and get rid of my Type 2 Diabetes. I am writing a blog about it as I go to share with other interested parties what the experience is and the benefits of having it done. I would like to share that with my ham radio family and those that are contemplating this procedure. My blog address is www.kc0gp.blogspot.com. I enjoy writing and I hope this brings some good for those that follow me thru this process.


An update on my status with my Gastric Bypass. I have now lost over 100lbs since my surgery in June.


I grew up in Terre Haute, IN and graduated from North Vigo High School where I was one of the original members of the North Vigo Ham Club. I am an active mobil hf operator as I spend a great deal of my time in my 2010 Honda Element travelling all over the country working on packaging machinery and automation control systems. I enjoy cw operation more and more and am trying to get my speed back up after so many years away from the key. I am over 15 in my head and about 20 with pen and paper. My setup in my car is a Yaesu FT857D running barefoot into one of three antenna systems on my car. A 4magnet base with changeable hamstick antennas and a Comet UHV6 with resonators for 40, 20, 17, 15, and 10. The Comet antenna mast will run 6 meters, 2m and 440 and a ball mount on the side of the vehicle for a set of full length hamstick knock offs from a company called Shark. I like these antennas alot. They talk very well. I also have a Yaesu FTM350AR for 2m and 440 with APRS running all the time. My setup at home is a Yaesu FTDX3000 and an Ameritron AL84 amplifier. The antennas at home are a Hygain 5BTV vertical ground mounted with a cattle panel ground plane and a G5RV up about 25 feet. Last year I added a HexBeam that is a homebrew knockoff of the K4KIO and man is that ever a great antenna.I have it mounted on a tripod on the peak of the roof and a tv rotor from Radio Shack. Up about 28ft I guess and I have worked the world on it. I really love the FTDX3000. What a great transceiver. I have setup another station at my work where I have a quonset shaped building and currently have a Tarheel screwdriver with ground plane on the roof at about 25 feet or so.It works well and will get me through the winter until I can get a couple of towers and better fixed location antennas up. Maybe another HexBeam.  That is where my FT450 moved and is still serving me well. I still enjoying the  digital communications and am enjoying PSK31 and JT65 and have made several contacts on both. I have also added a Flex 1500 for SDR and am having some fun with that little rig too.

Well, all for now. Hope to see you around the bands. 73, George

My first grandchild - Jarek came in at 6lbs 10oz and is a real bundle of joy. He is 2 years old now and walking and giving grandpa a world of joy...






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