KN5G - Henderson, Texas - (formally KB5NXW)
I recently retired from Luminant Power, (May 31, 2016), after 35 years and am enjoying spending my time here around the house doing things I have been putting off for many years. For the last four years I worked at the Luminant, Martin Lake Power plant near Tatum, Texas as the NERC/CIP Coordinator. Prior to that I worked at the same power plant (formally TXU Electric) as a Safety Specialist for five years and prior to that I worked as an Instrumentation and Controls Technician (electronics technician) at the plant for 25 years before moving over to the Safety Department in 2007.
I am active on the HF bands, and on the local 2 meter repeater. Recently I put up a 10 element Cushcraft 2 meter horizontal beam and have been having a lot of fun working 2 meter SSB contacts. There are several local (50 to 200 miles) stations I have worked on 144.200 and 144.250 MHz. While I was installing the 2 meter beam on the tower I also put up a tri-band, Cushcraft HF Yagi for 10, 15 and 20 meters. This has made working HF DX stations a lot more fun!
In January, 2012 I finally up-graded to Amateur Extra class so now I can work all of the spectrum allocated to US Amateur operators.
I am the Trustee of the local Henderson, Texas repeater wich is on 146.780 MHz., with a 131.8 Hz tone. It is an open repeater with coverage over most of Rusk and surrounding Counties. If you are ever in the Henderson, TX. area or just passing through, give me a call on the repeater.
Currently on HF I am using a Yaesu FT-991 all-mode transceiver driving an Ameritron ALS-500M solid-state amp into either a 80 meter inverted "L", a full wavelength 160 meter horizontal loop, or the HF beam. The 160 meter horizonal loop has proven to be a great antenna when matched with the LDG AT-1000 ProII Autotuner. It does require a 4:1 balun to get a good match over most of the HF bands.
I'm using Ham Radio Deluxe to control the FT-991 transceiver which is a pretty slick program. I enjoy PSK-31 and other digital modes as well. The FT-991 transceiver and the ALS-500M amp are powered from 2 deep cycle, 12 Volt batteries charged by a solar panel during day light hours. This arrangement has worked well for me and gives me an alternate power source that can keep me on the air if the commercial power fails.
When I am not on the radio I enjoy gardening, metal detecting, and fishing. I recently decided to try my hand at Honey Bees. I have one hive right now which I caught as a swarm. I have a pretty steep learning curve ahead of me to become a bee keeper but so far I have enjoyed working with them. They are pretty amazing little insects.
Hope to meet you on the air one day!
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