2. I will answer all direct QSL requests containing SAE/SASE-
3. Will take Buro
I do not use, but as a courtesy do upload to eQSL for those who do.
I was first licensed in 1992 as KB5UGZ. At the time the XYL (KC5CEI) and I had two small children and we liked to travel to remote parts of New Mexico. Cell phones were expensive and cell phone coverage was (and sill is) not good across much of New Mexico. My brother KB5IY has been a ham for many years and convinced me that getting an amateur radio license and a VHF/UHF radio would be a good idea. Boy was he right.
After getting the 13 WPM down I upgraded to General, and then to Advanced, both in 1993. First HF radio was a used Kenwood TS-440. Traded this radio in a few months later for a Kenwood TS-850SAT.
After getting the 20 WPM down I upgraded to Extra in 1994 and requested an Extra Class call. The new call came in as AB5VC.
In the mid-1990s was chasing contacts using the RS12/13 satellites. 15m uplink and 10m downlink using a dipole. Confirmed 42 states operating this mode.
Also made contacts on RTTY, and participating in the RTTY Roundup. In 1995 and 1996 ARRL RTTY Roundup achieved First Place, Single Operator, Low Power in the New Mexico Section.
Went back to college in 1995 -1998, and started working in IT in 1996 where I still work today. Work days are long, but rewarding.
I applied for and was granted the vanity call KQ5M in 2003. Work and children mostly kept me away from ham radio until 2008.
In 2008 I helped my bother replace a broken beam on his 52 foot crankup tower. He suggested I look into getting a tower and beam up before the solar cycle hits the next peak.
Started saving money for a tower and beam. In fall of 2011 had enough money saved up to put up a tower and beam, and in December 2011 I applied for a permit to put up a 55 foot (17 m) crankup tower. After three months of working with the city where I live I had my permit in March of 2012. Tower was up in late June and beam went up in July of 2012.
Spend my time chasing DX. I'm active on CW, digital modes (mostly PSK31 and RTTY), and SSB. I like to do some contesting, although I'm not hardcore, but enjoy working contacts none the less.
Current Station Information
HF station -
Primary radio: Yaesu FTDX5000MP; Secondary radio: Kenwood TS-850SAT
Microphone Heil PR781
microHAM MicroKeyer II All-In-One single radio multi-mode USB interface and sound card
Telepost LP-Pan 2 Panadapter and NaP3
LP-100A Digital Vector RF Wattmeter with Dual Couplers
US Tower HDX-555 55 feet (16.8 m) tower with Tiltover, 10 foot mast, and a Tilt-Plate supporting:
MFJ-993B Autotuner to Window Line feeding a 80 meter dipole at 32 feet (9.8 m)
Butternut HF2V (80 and 40 meters) with 12 foot umbrella wire modification for 80 meters
PolyPhaser lightening suppressor products are in use. (Central New Mexico annually is second only to the state of Florida for number of lightening strikes in the continental United States!) Also, Alpha Delta DELTA-2B and 4B surge protected coax switches are in use to ground antennas when not in use.
Current Weather At My QTH
Thanks and 73. Catch you down the log. . . . dit dit
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