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If you'd like a QSL card from Effingham County for contacts made during the GA QSO Party 4/11-4/12, no SASE is required. 

Greetings from Coastal Georgia! I will send QSL cards as they are received. I love to get them! If you are a DX contact, please send via the Bureau, http://www.qsl.net/sterling/QSLBuro4/QSLBuro4.html

I first was licensed as a Tech on October 17, 2013, and passed my General a month later. I made my first HF contact over 1,800 miles away on a QRP rig using 2.5 watts, and I was bitten by the bug!

My daughter, Morgan, at the helm

My daughter, Morgan, who designed the front of my QSL card. She's quite the helper when it comes to projects in the yard, digging in the dirt, hanging coax, etc. She's a great gal, and hasn't made any plans to get on the air, other than the occasional few words she says during my QSO's laugh

My station consists of:

  • YAESU FT-897

  • MFJ-949E Manual Tuner

  • Icom ID-880H for use on 2m/440/D-Star. I've had enjoyable QSO's with other operators on digital mode.

  • Antenna 1: end-fed long wire that runs from my feedpoint at my shed to the lone pine tree in my back yard 65' off the ground. It then goes over to my neighbor's oak tree at about the same height. It slopes from the ground to the tree (E/W) then runs from tree to tree (N/S). I have no idea how it would look on a model, but I would call it a "Sloping L" smiley

  • Antenna 2: K4KIO 5-band hex beam at 35', works on 10-12-15-17-20 meters with no tuner. Very pleased with the performance so far!
  • Antenna 3: Homebrew coil-loaded dipole @ 35' in an inverted-vee style. It is resonant on 40m/80m. The video was posted on YouTube by KG0ZZ, Dave Tadlock. This was a fun build, and I look forward to trying other builds that Dave has on his website. Here's the video where you can learn how to build this fun antenna yourself! I do plan on bulding a few other antennas that he has on his website, since this one turned out to be a home run.



I enjoy contesting, and recently joined the South East Contesting Club (SECC). If you do get one of my QSL's, be sure to refer back to this page, and you'll see that Morgan made a pretty good likeness of me!

I am a member of the Coastal Amateur Radio Society (CARS) http://coastalamateurradiosociety.net/wpW4LHSblog/

I log my contacts with LOtW. I probably should have used the "cold" months this past year to build my station up to have it be a bit more organized, but it seems as though life has rather taken priority over the organization, and my station is a bit cluttered right now. However, I do have plans to build up the desk and mount the radios and controls to where they are more ergonomically oriented.








Update 4/5/15, I finished the installation of my 5-band K4YIO hex beam on a Rohn 25 fixed base tower. I have it mounted at 35 feet, which is plenty high for my station right now, but I do have 30 more feet that I plan on adding at a later time. 

Morgan really loved help digging the hole. This was before she decided to play in the mud. Mom wasn't happy...


Below are some pictures of the Tybee Island Lighthouse where our club, W4LHS operated portable on 4/21-22/14 for the ARLHS Spring Lights QSO Party. I got the chance to work 20m both days on "KILLA", the new club 3-element monoband beam. On the second day, I volunteered to climb up to the top of the lighthouse and drop a rope for an antenna. You can see the windom up about 80' above the ground, and "KILLA" in the lower left. Quite a great day for radio!

Tybee Island Lighthouse Event























This is the view from the top of the lighthouse, down the windom to the operating tent below.

And the new club 20m monobander, nicknamed "KILLA". It sure is a killer!


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