Received my first ticket as KC9RYE on April 1, 2010 and the KR9E call sign in June of that year. Prior to that I was a SWL for 50 years, most recently using the Japan Radio Corporation NRD-525 at the bottom on the right in the shack photo below. I'm retired following a 35-year career as a electrical engineeer (BS/MS EE - Purdue University) and engineering division manager with the US Navy. My primary area of work was the Fleet Ballistic Missile System deployed on TRIDENT submarines. My other activities include woodworking, working on computers, team sports involving a ball, fishing, and watching four grandsons grow up. I'm active in both the Daviess County Amateur Radio Club (KC9SFL) and the Vincennes Old Post Amateur Radio Society (W9EOC) in Knox County, Indiana:
Daviess County Amateur Radio Club
Bill (N9SEH), Paul (KB9TUO), Leo (N9UTO), Jim (KR9E), Bruce (KC9HTC),
Todd (N9EY), Jim (W9JDW), Ken (KC9TTR) and Gene (KC9TXZ)
March 11, 2013 - photo taken by Mary Jo (KC9TTS)
Primary station equipment includes a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V Field, a Kenwood TS-590S, a Kenwood TS-830S, an Ameritron AL-811H linear amplifier, a Palstar AT1KM antenna tuner, Heil Goldline and Heil HM-10 dual microphones, and either a 129' 80m OCF dipole up about 30' at the feed point (80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 12m, 10m and 6m) or a 4-band (40m-20m-15m-10m) Hy-Gain ground-mounted vertical with 24 radials. I often use a very quiet PAR End-Fed SWL antenna as a receive only antenna. Locally, use an FT-2900 (2M), an FT-60R HT (2M-70cm) and a 10' Diamond X300 dual-band vertical antenna. A Rohn tower and a Mosley TA-33 tri-bander (10m-15m-20m) with a rotatable dipole for 12m and 17m are being are being tested at 22' prior to adding two more tower sections and guy cables to raise the antenna to its full 42' height using a hinged tower base and a Hazer elevator.
Yaesu FT-1000MP MkV Field (2004)
Kenwood TS-590 (2010)
Kenwood TS-830S (ca 1984)
I have been enjoying the contests (casually), working DX (still is fascinating to me), and especially look forward to rag-chewing. I'm a semi-regular on the Over the Hill Gang net weekdays at 1430-1530 Z on 14.321 - stop in and say hello. The HRDLOG icon or the "last 15 contacts" image below are links to my log if you're interested - it should be up-to-date.
Will be glad to send you a QSL card if you send me one - no SASE required.
Hope to meet you on the bands.
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