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-897D or QRP transceiver and an MFJ-1661 manual screwdriver 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
My home station features a Yaesu FT-897D which is used at home or in the field running outboard 9.2 A/hr lithium phosphate battery packs. Wattmeter is the Ten Tec Model 1225 kit. 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.
Homebrew 6AG7/6L6 CW transmitter runs 15 watts output with plug-in coils & crystal control. Currently setup for 40-meters, this little transmitter performs well and is lots of fun paired with a vintage receiver.
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