CWOPS # 1240
Society of Midwest Contesters
NAQCC # 6868
TenTen # 16977
FP QRP Club # 3271
Here's the scoop:
First licensed in 1976, age 15 as WB9YSP. Distinctly remember the good ole days of 10 and 15 meter propagation of the late 70s. It didn't take long to replace the dx60B and hallicrafter SX111 receiver with a pair of Kenwood Twins I was fortunate enough to be able to buy by working weekends with my dad. A 50ft Rohn tower with four element monbanders followed.
After getting married I replaced the aging twins with a Kenwood TS940SAT, a Dentron Clipperton Lamp and later a 4-1000 amp.
I left the hobby for a while to persue a hobby in RC aircraft with my son who is now an airline pilot.
After moving into a new qth with lots of tall trees, I have decided to get back into Ham Radio. Building the new shack in the basement as of January 2013. Furniture is already bought and the first rig is already picked out. Just have a soft rock sdr at the moment. It's easy to travel with so I think the transceiver will have to be also. That's probably a good hint at the rig picked out.
4/3/13 Elecraft KX3 ordered. I'm back!!!!!!!!
See ya'll on 20 cw!!!!!!
KX3 up and running. 4/22/13 was first time portable. 29 ft wire in the trees with two counterpoise wires. 17 meters was phenominal at 2100UTC. Worked two European stations and Nicaragua with stations heard from JA as well. Running 5 watts on internal batteries. This little radio has eliminated my only worry in short order; would it be able to get me by until the Flex 6500 is available. Now to get those wires up at the home QTH.
WPXCW Contest????? Just depends if the river is down. If we're still flooded too much for boating then contesting it is!!!!
4/23/13 Carpet is in. Furinture and new W8 computer going in this weekend. The KX3 is working very well portable and also working very nicely with NAP3 SDR software and N1MM logging program. The log here on QRZ is also up to date. Worth looking at if you're considering a KX3. I don't have an amp for it yet so was concerned about only running 10 watt, especially since i could buy an FT-950 for less money. Since portability was my primary requirement, the kx3 has proven itself as the correct decision.
4/29/13 - Shack is pretty well set up with the KX3 running NAP3 on either the W8 desktop or W8 laptop. Playing with N1MM integration now.Pictures coming soon. Lots of antenna work needed though hard to do during boating season. Looking forward to operating /MM with an AD5X style portable vertical from the boat in a few weeks. 17 and 20 seem to be my most productive bands, see log.
5/23/13 - Since last update I have worked Norfolk, Dodeconese, Galapagos Is and many more, mostly from Weldon Springs State Park set up portable. Dodeconese was a new country for me. Home qth is getting only a minor antenna upgrade until the foilage dies back this fall. I have the KX3 working very well with NaP3 and/or PowerSDR, Log4OM, and HRD 5.24. All due largely to LPBridge, an amazing utility. No particular reason for switching from N1MM to Log4OM. I like both programs but the interface on Log4OM is a bit nicer to me.
6/10/13 - Inverted L is finally up. Alot better, quieter antenna than the non-resonant vertical. Probably not much more happening with the radio stuff until boating season is over. patiently waiting for the first real user reports on the Flex 6500/6700. Looking at adding an Elecraft KPA500 while I wait. Guess that would make the KX3a bit more formidable for home use. Might try MM for a few FD QSOs.
8/29/13 have had a riot with the KX3 from Weldon Springs State park. I do have a wire run up the side of the work apartment but it is very inefficient and a very noisy qth. All bands are worthless except 40 meters from the apartment. Getting ready for more antenna work at the home qth. Seriously considering staying with wires only with a couple yagis in fixed directions. I'm still way too busy for tower/rotor maintenance. Found a remotable 10 position coax switch from Remote Rigs. Looks like just the ticket. Also, reconsidering the K3 as main rig. Flex's Smart SDR and 6000 series seems too slow in deployment.
9/10/13 have switched back to N1MM for contesting. Well Iguess I have. I haven't played much in the contests since getting back on the air but just trying to get set up for winter.season. Log4om is a very nice general logging program but n1mm is really nice for the contests. Able to send cw through n1mm and kx3 now with only the usb cable to the rig thanks toK4MTX and BG6JII for the KY codes and info. Good work!!!!! Also, the latest version of NaP3 is great. It's a beta version but seems pretty ironed out. HDSDR is ok too, just a little different. It's all pretty easy with the kx3. IfI could get it up to qro level I doubt I'd worry about any other rig.
10/2/13I thinkI finally got LOTW figured out except automatic uploads from Log4OM, whew!!!! Just waiting for the leaves to fall so more antennas can go up in the trees.
10/26/13 Had planned to operate CQWW for the sole purpose of getting used to computer contest logging; wasn't much of that when I qrt'd for a while. Well, it looks like a little post refuel outageissue at the Nuke plant has put a crimp in that plan and our Holloween party plan. That's a whole other story. If I get in one or two hours I'll be lucky.
11/4/13 Had a blast working ARRL CW SS. My first real contest since getting back on the bands. Started off real slow due to some interface issues I thought I had resolved. Obviously real life scenarios bring out the details. The KX3, N1MM and NaP3 worked flawlessly after getting N1MM and the KX3 working together 100%. Sunday was a blast. had a few short runs. it's just impossible to hold a freq for very long with 5 watts. I did discover a lot of opportunities for a higher score next year. I think I'll stay qrp for SS CW at least until I feel I've gotten my score as high as I can. NE and ND had me worried for a clean sweep. I know i lost a lot of Qs by chasing the clean sweep but%^*#@ it, I want the coffee cup.
11/7/13 Worked T33A and K9W with the KX3 and the inverted L. Thanks to those great ops for listening for the weak ones. Those were both new ones for me and had plenty big pile ups. I'm running low power at the moment by choice. Bigger things coming but I hope contacts like that can serve as inspiration to those who are qth or otherwise limited to qrp and minimal antennas. It's all possible. I also made 400 contacts and a clean sweep without really killing myself in SS CW.So, noone should be afraid to just get on and do the best you can. You'll likely be surprised at what kind of score you can rack up.
12/23/13 Finally hit the order button on the K3. Thanks to some recommendations and peer checks from some excellent dxers/contesters, K3WA, K9CT, KB9NW, and WB9Z, I think I have it configured they way I need it.Also received the fiberglassand aluminum plate for one of the antennas to go up. Started one of the remodel projects on the house too. WHEW!!!!!!! Merry Christmas
12/26/13 CobWebb is 70% complete. Not happy with the balun.
12/29/13 Had to redo the 12.5 ohm to 50 ohm balun on the cobwebb. Tearing up flooring now instead of playing radio. Waiting for the k3 to show up. Pic is of the balun ready to be soldered and installed in enclosure.
1/6/14 Cobweb is suspended about 5ft high. 40 below wind chills has suspended that project. K3 has been aweek in delivery. Not here yet.
1/10/14 K3 is basically assembled. Just need to do initial testing then add final 100 w PA and second receiver. Good easy build spread over a few evenings.
1/20/14 K3 all up and running. 2nd receiver is amazing. Been playing with a couple different headsets. The rig has proven itself beyond my expectations so far. Working on integrating the kx3 to the k3 as a panadapterwe'll see.
2/11/14 WHEW!!!!!! The guys are breaking things down on FT5ZM. Good job guys!!!!! The K3 and wires were good for 17cw/ssb, 20cw/ssb, 30cw, 40cw/ssb, and 80cw. Great Ops make the difference. More antenna work coming if the wx warms up.
2/17/14 I have been really amiss in not mentioning what a great group of guys I've associated with since reactivating KC9EE. SMC and CIDXA. CIDXA meets once a month for dinner. What a plethora of experience and knowledge. Truley an honor to be invited.
Went from 170 to 209ust by updating clublog a bit. Should be 300 or close when done. I see 302 with a quick look at the dxcc list. I just need to go through the old log and upload those Qs.
The KX3 has taken up permanent residence at the apartment in Clinton(work qth). Looking for a better antenna for that site.
2/27/14 WOW.Big DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ME IN MY FIRST LP CWT. I HAD SCORED JUST ABOUT AS HIGH AS QRP IN A PREVIOUS CWT. JUST LOCKED UP FOR FIRST 20 MINUTES. No exuses Lots better in 2 weeks
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