KK5R -- Former calls: WB4DPG, WB5QGI
OMISS # 6452
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BOB LUNSFORD — KK5R
Started studying electronics in 1955
Grew up in Brazil and Peru (son of a missionary on the Amazon) and also lived in Panama for about six months. Attended three Morse code schools in Brazil and one in Peru. Returned to USA in December, 1961 and joined US Army in 1962 as an ASA Morse Intercept Operator, attaining 28WPM at the school in Ft. Devens, MA. However, was soon transferred to a language pool to be a Portuguese and Spanish translator/interpreter for remaining time of 3-year Army tour. Still fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and can get lost and found again in French.
Retired from the US Government after 31 years of service. Last duty was as a Telecommunications Specialist for the Television-Audio Support Activity (T-ASA) in Sacramento but that organization later relocated to Southern California.
Returned from China in 2007 after living there for over four years. Was an English teacher at a large university for two years and at a private school for remainder of time in China. Plan to return someday.
Some Places Worked:
IBM Engineering Development Laboratory, Office Products Division
After retirement, I went to China to teach English for four years and returned to Kentucky in 2007. Will be here at least for a while. Still have hopes of either going back to China to teach or moving to Texas, if that doesn't come about.
Hobbies (including Ham Radio):
Hobbies include photography, flying, writing books and magazine articles and some other hobbies but Amateur Radio remains the most-liked. Antenna experimentation is the main adventure, HF is the name of the game. The present goal is to establish regular skeds with son (N5DIM) in Sacramento. This is why more antenna work is in the forecast.
What's happening today:
Station consists of a Yaesu FT-450AT and an MFJ 948 antenna tuner which is seldom used to tune an antenna since I have a B&W TTFD antenna that requires no tuning. Being in a hole sorta puts the crimp on VHF activity so do not do it. However, plan to get a 2M rig to monitor 52S for anyone needing assistance in the area. Being below average terrain here puts my 2M antenna barely above the neighborhood road level even though it’s still up on a 50-ft telescoping pole mounted on a light pole. Have to find a way to give my homebrew 2M J-Pole more elevation.
Permanent antennas are a GAP Titan and a B&W folded dipole (TTFD) antenna at 35-ft. The B&W is the most-used as it gives full coverage on all bands from 80M thru 10M resulting in no tune-up when changing bands/frequencies; 160M and 6M are near 3:1 SWR and are worked with the 450AT’s internal matcher. The B&W antenna usually does not show pronounced directivity on HF and has much better signal-to-noise reception. If I can hear them, the DX can usually hear me unless my meager signal is covered up by "legal" powered hams or those with monster antennas sticking up in the air about a half mile.
I’m also building some open air baluns: 4:1 and 9:1. The 4:1 is for a 40M Delta Loop, which was up for a while and plan to put it back up again soon. The 9:1 baluns are for end-fed antennas. One is up now with 53-ft of wire and a 16-ft counterpoise. It works on all bands (even on 6M) with no tuner needed. However, for some reason it does not work on 15M unless I use the LDG tuner. Maybe I need to parallel the counterpoise with a wire of some other length. More experimentation is in order.
Antennas here are low, mainly because the location is down in a low place, plus space is limited. Also, a high tension line is in front and a utility feeder is on the side street. Not a very good scenario but it still seems to work pretty well, all things considered. At least there isn’t very much electrical noise.
Having a ball but too much DX has already slipped by! Have to get back to the mike and, hopefully soon, back to the key with equal determination. Not too much later, either.
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