Thanks for the contact! (Yes, it's a vanity "CW" call sign! Ex k5hkr.) And the "handle" is JB not Jim.
Please consider joining one of our NAQCC QRS nets, http://www.naqcc.info/cw_nets.html
or our "FRN" FarnsWord CW skills building "social" net,
Sunday & Monday at 19h00 PST on 3,574
The FarnsWord net, however is not QRS - it is a ~20 WPM Farnsworth Method - base speed 20wpm with extra space between words rather than between the letters.
KR5RR/M (Mobile) – Starting to get into this Mobile thing with the FT-857 and hamsticks. Took about six months to get to where I can consistently and confidently make contact. Now had quite a few SSB QSO on 40/20/17 meters while actually driving. Still operating CW as /SM (Stationary Mobile), not up to copying CW while driving. Special thanks to Dale/WC7S and the NAQCC RMRc Tuesday/Thursday 20m net for the great signal reports (14,062.5 @ 15h00 PST).
FT-857D, mostly mobile except for contest weekends, then with balanced line doublet antennas
FT-817ND, most any time, anywhere, all flavors of antennas, sometimes with HF Packer amp
VX-7R, marine mobile (kayak), pedestrain mobile, and auto mobile with mag mounts
3 SoftRock RXTXs, 1.0 watt on 80/40, or 30/20/17, or 15/12/10, w/ZM-2 & dipoles (PSK31 only).
ANTENNAS: Simple wire antennas. Thanks primarily to W4RNL, L. B. Cebik (SK), I've re-discovered twin lead (reliving the 60's!) and balanced wire tuners. So, by abandoning single band coax fed dipoles, the current antenna count is down to three 300 Ohm Twin Lead fed doublets for multiband operation:
- 44 foot flat top doublet running NW/SE, 30 feet high
- 67 foot flat top doublet, running N/S, 33 feet high
- 135 foot flat top doublet, running N/S, 35 feet high
- 170 foot, inverted "L", 35' vertical, 130' going up into a 60' high Eucalyptus tree, mostly for 160m
Use a MFJ-974HB Balanced Line Tuner with 300 ohm twin lead. And a 2m vertical dipole, fed with 50' of very lossy RG58. All are up on lumber yard masts (2x6, 2x4, 2x3, 2x2). When QRP, use a ZM-2 Z-match tuner - seems to be very little it can't match.
Been trying portable ops while camping - antenna are everything. Finally, some success useing a 32' vertical (4 - 8'x2"x2" + 8' whip on top) with four 20' on-the-ground radials. Works great on 17m, 15m, so-so on 30m & 20m. However, actually having far more success recently just working /SM from the SUV with mobile antennas.
OPERATION: Almost all CW [but starting to get into mobile SSB] with some digital modes using SignaLink/fldigi on 10m - 160m when I'm too lazy for CW; most of the rest is FM, on 2m/70cm with a little bit of SSB in Contests. Not into certificates or awards, but happy to hard copy QSL if you want one - no return postage needed.
#8118 SKCC - Straight Key Century Club (original J-38 from my novice days, of course!)
#5604 NAQCC - North American QRP CW Club (NCS for 40m FRN net)
#2855 FPQC - Flying Pigs QRP Club
If you're interested in Ancient history:
Heath HR-10 & VF-1 VFO; Hallicrafters HT-40; Globe 200 watt amp; J-38 key; Eagle Scout;
Started with a Boy Scout Radio Merit badge then Novice (~1958?), & General. While in college earned a 1st Class Radio Telephone and 2nd Class Radio Telegraph. Fresh out of college, landed my dream job as a Field Engineer for Collins Radio Company. However working on really big VLF transmitters (>500kw) with really long antennas (35,000' vertical and/or 7 mile long horizontal loops), controlled by really expensive computers, kinda burned me out on radios (check TACAMO on Wikipedia). Turned my hobby into my vocation - ruined my hobby. I went QRT from ~1971 to 2010.
Funny thing, ocean kayaking and VHF marine radios got me back into ham radio! Back on the ham bands in early 2010, first VHF/UHF with a VX-7 HT, then HF with the 1 watt SDR RXTX SoftRocks (30/20/17 tri-bander pictured above). Had a lot of success with the 1 watt QRPp rig on 17m and 30m with dipoles, working 37 states and 17 countries on CW and PSK31 - did 6,000 miles/per watt many times to Eastern Europe & Asia Pacific. Got the FT817 (49 states & 113 countries), and after a year of QRP, built a 20 watt amp. Just before Field Day 2013 got the FT-857.
When I turned 15 and got my driver's license, had to choose between buying a car, or a Hallicrafters SX-117 receiver: ham radio won - and I've never regretted it.
Hallicrafters HT-40, Heath VF-1 VFO, Hallicrafters SX-117, J-38 key
73 de JB
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PS: A big THANK YOU to many of the people that helped get me restarted: Longtime friend and neighbor Dick/K2GMY/ex-DA1CW; Tony/KB9YIG (www.kb9yig.com) Softrocks; Robby/WB5RVZ (www.wb5rvz.com) Softrock build instructions; Alan/G4ZFQ (http://homepages.wightcable.net/~g4zfq/) and the whole Softrocks forum team; Alex/VE3NEA (www.dxatlas.com) Rocky s/w; Dave/W1HKJ (http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html) fldigi; Doug/KI6DS (www.qrpkits.com) BLT Z-Match, vari caps; Diz/ W8DIZ (www.kitsandparts.com) swr meter, amp, toroids; Rex/W1REX (www.qrpme.com) QRP "Tunas" and T/R switch; Art/AB6HB, the repeater world on VHF/UHF; and the wealth information on QRZ.com, eHam.net and the web. (And since I went to Mississippi State University in Starkville [W5YD], I have a fair amount of MFJ Enterprises stuff.)
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