Regular Mail: To request a Qsl card please send me a qsl card direct and I will return a card in the mail ASAP, usually no later than 2-3 days. I currently do not require an S.A.S.E. to return a QSL within the U.S. or it's territories but if you need a card right away an S.A.S.E would assure you a quicker return. I can receive international qsl's through the bureau but cannot send or return cards through the bureau as I am not an ARRL member. Due to the increased cost of postage, if you are requesting an international return, direct would be the best option. Please include some appropriate form of currency equivilant to $2 (U.S. Dollars) for the cost of return postage.
LoTW: My LoTW is finally active. All logs for KJ4I are up to date and I will try to upload them at least once per week but hopefully more often than that as time permits. Currently my uploaded logs for K4EKG only go back to 11/13/2010. As I get time I am planning to convert and upload all non electronic logs going back to 1999 when I first obtained that call. It's just going to take some time since those logs are still on paper. In the meantime see the note below.
I do not use E'qsl or Qrz logbook. For confirmation please QSL direct via Regular Mail & or LoTW only.
NOTE: If you need a qsl card with my old callsign (K4EKG) you are in luck as I still have plenty of them available. I will continue to mail those cards per request until I run out of stock. I will also confirm with LoTw once I get all the paper logs converted (which might take a while, a long while).
I currently Co-own and operate the 147.020 repeater located in Hamilton, Al along with KB5LTW. The repeater has a standard positive offset and is open to all hams. It requires a PL Tone of 123.0Hz for access. The repeater also transmits the same tone for your convinience should you desire to use toned squelch on your radio. I usually monitor the repeater on my daily commutes as well as on occasion when I am at home. Feel free to give me a call if you are in the area. The coverage is pretty decent, especially to the west allowing mobile coverage to a range of about 50 miles. As I get time I will add more information about the repeater as well as photos. Here is a current rundown of the equipment being used.
• Bridgecom VHF Repeater
• Arcom RC-210 controller
• Wacom 4 cavity BpBr Duplexer
• 1/2 inch Andrew hardline
• DB-224E Antenna at about 120ft
Although the antenna height above the immediate terrain is not all that high, the location of the tower it's self more than makes up for it. It is one of the highest locations in the area overlooking the surrounding elevations by several hundred feet on average.
I was first licensed in 1995 at age 15. My first call was KF4DZI, which was kind of a tongue twister for me. Once I earned my General class license in 1998 and obtained the vanity call K4EKG. I finally upgraded to Extra class in 2011 as time permitted and obtained my current call, KJ4I. I operate mostly on the HF bands and rarely on anything above 10 meters. In addition to Ham Radio I am also into Photography which I enjoy very much. It gives me an excuse to get out and about and see places that I might not get to see otherwise. As far as work, I am currently working as a Flight Instructor at a nearby Flight School. I occasionally take on other aviation related jobs as they come available since flight instruction can be a very inconsistant means of making a living. In addition to flying, I earned my Nursing degree in 2011 but after several attempts at making a career out of it, I realized I just don't have the, drive, desire or passion for it so I let it go and never looked back. I love flying and never really feel like I am working when im on the job. I guess the saying is true that "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life."
My home station currently consist of the following equipment plus a few miscellaneous items not listed here:
• Yaesu FT-950 & Heil PR40.
• MFJ-929 Antenna tuner.
• Signalink USB and Airlink Express for digital modes.
• Mosley TA33jr/warc 10-20 meters.
• Imax-2000 vertical 10-17 meters.
• Cushcraft TEN-3 10 meter yagi currently configured for 6 meters.
• Inverted Vee's for everything 40 meters and below.
• Astron SS-30 power supply..
Here are a few pictures of my station: Updated 11/7/2014
Thats pretty much everything in a nutshell. Hope you enjoyed the pics of my station. It's nothing elaborate but it gets the job done. I try to keep the station pics updated as I tend to do a little re-arranging from time to time.
Take care everyone and maybe i'll catch you on the air sometime.
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