Greetings and thanks for visiting. You might have worked me mobile or at one of my homes. My main QTH is in Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma (Grid Square:EM15hf), my secondary QTH (Grid Square: DM76im) is high in the scenic and beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains at 8400ft / 2562 meters elevation in the Village of Eagle Nest, New Mexico. (As a point of interest, the QSL on my page is of a summer lighting storm over Eagle Nest lake, we get some BIG ones in the high New Mexico mountains! )
I work in broadcast radio as a producer / control operator for 107.7 The Franchise (Sports Talk Radio) and for Newstalk 1520 KOKC both located in an area called the "Antenna Farm" in northern Oklahoma City. KOKC is a 50 Kw clear channel station, the station's originial / historic call was KOMA (1520 KHZ). If you are a MW DX'er, our signal routinely covers 29+ states and Canada, South America and much of the rest of the world, depending of course on conditions and solar activity. When conditions are right we can be heard in many parts of the world. If you hear KOKC, send us a reception report, we do QSL!
Speaking of QSLs, I am a QSL collector and paper chaser. I do QSL and would appreciate an SASE but, it is never a requirement to receive my QSL.
I am passionately interested in most all forms of radio communications, both analog and digital, I especially enjoy antenna experimentation and am currently learning about EME as well as studying for my Extra Class exam and working on improving my CW skills. I am an avid 6M and HF DXer. Just now starting with Contesting in earnest.like most anything else, I just have to make the time to do it!
I am also an avid stamp collector and trader, l really enjoy receiving beautiful foreign stamps on return QSL's so, I always make it a habit to send out the latest and best of USA stamps when sending out my QSL's direct So, whatever you send in return, please know it will be appreciated and valued. If you want some USA stamps and want to trade for whatever you have, just let me know, always willing to trade and to share.
At home, I use a wide variety of rigs including: two JRC JST 245's (my favorite rigs inspite of being some 15 years old), a mint condition YAESU FT-1000D as well as a Flex-3000 Software Defined Radio. I also use a Icom IC-910H for uhf / vhf work.
The Flex rig is the newest so I am still going through the learning curve with it.
The amp currently in use is an Ameritron AL-811H with 4 / 572b tubes. It can be used with any of the rigs as needed.
I also very much enjoy HF mobile and tend to cruise the bands daily. I am active with my local SKYWARN group as a storm spotter. I am also member of the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) in Norman as well as the OKC Aeronautical Center ARC (W5PAA)
In my vehicle I use a modified (260 W) Kenwood 480HX for HF, a Kenwwod TS-60S for six meter work and an Icom IC-8000 for 2 meter work. Mobile antennas include a High Sierra 1500 Mk II Screwdriver, a variety of Hamsticks and a dual band Comet antenna for 2 meter/440 work. I also recently set up a trunking scanner and antennas to go along with the other rigs. A Tarheel 200 Screwdriver will soon be in operation for one of my mobile applications
For portable operations, I use a second dedicated and modified (280W) Kenwood 480HX, ,a Buddipole as well as a variety of Alpha-Delta dipoles. A most recent addition is a G4TPH ML40 High Power Magloop, of which I expect excellent results.
At the New Mexico QTH I have an Alpha Delta DX-LB Plus Dipole at 50 ft and I use the Buddipole in a vertical configuration. I have found both antennas do an exceptional job in the mountains with a very low noise floor.
I was attracted to all things radio by listening to shortwave radio in high school and still enjoy chasing that elusive and rare DX station. Thus far I have managed to verify some 132 countries. For SW / MW DX'ing, my receivers include a JRC NRD-535D, a Drake R8A, a classic Grundig 700 portable, a CCrane SW1. (Can one ever have too many radios?)
My "antenna farm" in Oklahoma is really an ongoing and ever changing project that includes a Gap Challenger vertical. For six meter work I use a KMA "Super Six" log periodic (a fantastic and very well built antenna) on a 50 ft. mast. A basically homebrewed 3E 17M yagi also sits at 50 ft. For more selectability, there are also two Alpha Delta DXCC Multi-band dipoles installed (one running N/S and the other E/W) again at 50 ft.
An additional Alpha Delta antenna, a DX sloper at 50ft. is used for casual SW listening and DX'ing. Current plans include aquiring another KMA Log Periodic antenna for HF that will hopefully be in the air within the next year or so.
Good luck, good DX !
SURF the Skies! and above all please, "Share the hobby"
73de kd5srw / John C.
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