I've been enjoying this great hobby since I was first licensed in high school as KA7HGY in 1980. Before becoming a ham, I was an avid MW & SW listener as a kid and still enjoy logging long-distance AM broadcast stations on winter evenings. My Elmer was Jim Kennedy, W7MID (SK), who was also my high school electronics teacher. He gave me my novice exam and I had a station setup before my ticket even arrived - a Heathkit DX-40 transmitter & Comanche receiver. I was active a couple years but eventually other teenage activities take precidence as we all know!
By early 1990, I was back on the air as KB7FZC then finally as KG7RS around 1992. Obtained Amateur Extra in 1994 - on a bet with a buddy who was going for his 20WPM exam. Thanks to lots of QRP CW, it was a breeze.
I'm very active in Portable Ops and frequently QRV from some remote desert site or mountaintop with an FT-817ND and MFJ-1661 portable vertical antenna. In addition to QRP, I also enjoy homebrewing, operating vintage/antique equipment and SKCC ops, especially in the old novice segment of 40 meters around 7.114 Mhz.
Also trying to attain DXCC after over 30 years (some DX'er eh!)
My home QTH antenna is a Tarheel 100A "screwdriver" mobile antenna ground mounted in the backyard with 30 untuned radials each 9' long. The radiators are interchangeable and consist of a 6' whip for 17 thru 10 meters and an 8' mast topped with a 48" diameter 6-spoke capacity hat for 80 thru 20 meters. A DX Engineering MM-1 dual-impedance autotransformer is used at the feedpoint. This is an excellent antenna - stealth or otherwise. It's scarcely visible and is efficient enough for QRP on 40-10 meters - and - I've worked all continents on 75 meter phone.
John, KG7RS, Mesa, AZ
QRP-ARCI # 7378
Home QTH Station: Vintage 1983 Icom IC-740 transceiver with matching SP-3 speaker & SM-5 desk microphone. The DX Engineering RTR-1A provides automatic switching between separate receive and transmit antennas to reduce local noise. Straight Key is an original E.F. Johnson Speed-X.
Home QTH Antenna: Tarheel 100A ground-mounted "screwdriver" vertical with 30 radials buried in the gravel, 8' aluminum mast & 48" capacitance hat. Not shown is a separate receive antenna on the opposite end of my property - a 45' inverted-L fed with a Balun Designs 9:1 balun which greatly reduces local RFI noise from neigborhood consumer electronic junk.
Field portable operation in February 2015 atop Humboldt Mountain, elevation 5204', near Carefree, AZ. Portable station includes Yaesu FT-817ND, K5OOR HF Packer Amp, 12A/hr lithium phosphate battery pack by Bioenno Power. Antenna is the MFJ-1661 with 10' telescopic whip mounted on a Super Antennas tripod with eight 10' wire radials lying on the ground.
The view behind my portable station of Horseshoe Reservoir from the summit of Humboldt Mountain near Carefree, AZ, February 2015.
My QSL design celebrates the past and reflects the heritage and tradition of this hobby we share.
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