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 Model 40A "screwdriver" mobile antenna ground mounted with 30 untuned radials. 8.5' whip for 15-40 meters or 4.5' whip for 10/12 meters. DC power for the antenna motor is conveyed through the RF coax using a pair of MFJ bias T's. Motor control is through a homebrew up/down switchbox which features an LED to indicate motor stall (end of travel). This is an excellent performing stealth antenna and a pleasure to use.
John, KG7RS, Mesa, AZ
QRP-ARCI # 7378
Home QTH Station: Yaesu FT-450D, Ameritron AL-811 HF Amplifier, Ameritron AWM-30B HF Wattmeter, Astron RS-20A Power Supply, Signalink USB external soundcard & Sony external speaker. Homebrew screwdriver antenna controller with motor stall indicator LED. Straight Key is an original E.F. Johnson Speed-X.
Amateur Radio Station KG7RS - Mesa, AZ USA
Home QTH Antenna - Tarheel Model 40A with 30 untuned radials & 8-1/2' whip
Tarheel Model 40A antenna feedpoint detail. DC power for the antenna motor is conveyed through the coaxial cable via a pair of MFJ-4116 Bias-T's. This system works well. Note the weatherproofing applied to the bias-t housing.
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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