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I made my first general class ham radio contact in November 1961 with WA4GSO with a transmitter and receiver that only worked with AM and CW. I used a home made 80 meter inverted-V wire antenna. The contact was via CW on the novice portion of the 75/80 meter band.

I upgraded to general license in the spring of 1961, and several years later to advanced class and finally to extra class.

I have been licensed continously since November 1960.

I like ragchewing and DX chasing.

You may find me on any band with almost any digital mode. My favorites are PSK31, JT65A, Olivia and of course RTTY and CW. I sometimes use the keyboard with CW with an USB/serial port converter that directly keys the transmitter. I do not use modulated CW.

Often you can find me using the old time hand key that I used as a novice in 1960. It is mounted on a wood base and the chrome is getting pitted, so may have to replace it sometime. I have purchased an iambic keyer and trying my hand at it. I have never used an iambic before, but think it will be very enjoyable after I learn to use it. So, please be patient as I make many mistakes with it.

I am presently using an IC-756Pro barefoot with a home made OCF flat-top wire antenna positioned NE/SW at about 20 feet above ground level.

The antenna is coupled with a 1:4 toroid and has a vertical radiator made from 12 feet of RG-8X which hangs vertically from the flat top OCF. The vertical radiator is terminated with a 1:1 isolation toroid which is connected to 100 feet of coax feed-line to the IC-756Pro.


The antenna is 122 feet long (cut for 80 meters) and is fed at an OCF point 27degrees (on 40 meters) from center. This combination works best on 40, 20, 12and 10 meters with a SWR of less than 1.5:1 without an antenna tuner. It also tunes the other HF bands with full power with the built-in antenna tuner in the IC-756pro to a SWR of 1.5:1 or less, except 160 meters, which it will not tune.


The antenna is hanging from two trees with 5/16 inch diamond weave rope skyline with the feedline/vertical radiator supported by the skyline and each end-insulator attached to the skyline with a bungy cord. This keeps the antenna flat-top and reduces stress/strain on the antenna wire, and is easily adjusted from either end.


Each end of the rope skyline is supported by limbs on the trees and tied to the trunk of the trees with four 24 inch rubber tie-down straps which stretch when the wind is blowing or ice forms on the antenna/skyline.



I will QSL with a paper card after I receive one from you.

I upload QSOs to the following online logbooks:



HRD online database






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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KD4LV
Latest Contacts for KD4LV at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K5LDA 2015-10-17 40m JT65 EM50vn United States Larry
K0STK 2015-10-17 40m JT9 FK60 United States Stephen
I1WQR 2015-10-17 40m JT65 JN44lk Italy Riccardo
EA7GR 2015-10-17 40m JT65 IM76ge Spain Guillermo
S59SV 2015-10-17 40m JT65 JN76ri Slovenia Vinko
ZL3RCK 2015-10-07 40m JT65 RE66FT New Zealand Ron
K7IOW 2015-10-07 40m JT65 CN72UB United States Ron
KJ0NS 2015-10-07 40m JT65 CM97AX United States Jonathan
VK3FM 2015-10-07 40m JT65 QF22MH Australia Ernie
KV4HV 2015-10-07 40m JT65 EL94GP United States Joe
KF5TFJ 2015-10-07 40m JT65 EL29EN United States Jon
AC7SG 2015-10-07 40m JT65 CN88ud United States Steven W Gisselberg
N6TE 2015-10-07 40m JT65 DM12IT United States Harry
EA1EAS 2015-10-07 40m JT65 IN70 Spain Jesus Cedeno Montano
YV8JET 2015-10-07 40m JT65 FJ89JT Venezuela Jes�s E. Tillero

Book Totals: 4124 qso's   1329 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#2190
Granted: 2015-02-09 08:20:03   (KD4LV)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
Grid Squared Award#1993
Granted: 2015-02-09 08:20:02   (KD4LV)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
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