KK5R -- Former calls: WB4DPG, WB5QGI
OMISS # 6452
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BOB LUNSFORD — KK5R
Started studying electronics in 1955
Lived in Brazil and Peru (son of a missionary on the Amazon) and also 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. 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 has since 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 there. 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. I also have an FT-2800M on 2M and usually monitor 52S for emergency needs of anyone passing through. I struggle with a low 2M antenna, though, which is inherent with living in one of the lowest places in the area. Being in a hole sorta puts the crimp on VHF activity. In fact, being below average terrain here puts my 2M antenna at the road level. Have to find a way to give my homebrew 2M J-Pole more elevation.
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 looking into Off Center Fed Dipoles which may be better for transmission. More antenna experimental work is in order — after a bit of plotting and scheming.
Antennas here are low and space is limited. Home is only a few feet above the river bottom water level; used to flood every year. Only good thing is that the ground system is theoretically great due to ground being so water-saturated. Not enough area for a decent set of ground radials for verticals but maybe the waterlogged bottoms will do it for me. Gotta check it out.
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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