Thank you for visiting my page. Please call me Gil
I am worth +5 Points in the ARRL Centennial Challenge as I am a VE.
I was first licensed in 1991as KD4HDW. My mentors are "world class" hams KR4GZ; W4SLT, WA5KSC; W4STR; and others. One can never have enough Elmers.
I am currently running a Yaesu FT-950 into a Carolina Windom that is up 30 feet (9M). I also have a 6 meter beam by M2, and a 10 meter beam by Hy-Gain. I have a tri-band dipole for 20, 12 and 15 M. As back-up rigs, I have a Yaesu FT-857 and a FT-890.
Despite having a "little pistol" station, I do enjoy contesting.
I like the digital modes, especially JT65 and JT-9. RTTY is fun, but I do not use that mode as frequently as the others. I use a Tigertronics interface and ocassionally a Rig Tiny.
I also work VHF contest as a Rover station, which is really exciting. Thankfully, I am near the intersection of two grid squares that makes for day trips.
I am proud to have my DXCC for 10, 15 and 20 Meters in CW and mixed modes. I also have WAS in CW, Voice and Digital. I presenlty have 153 DX stations confirmed vial LOTW. It has become extremely challenging for me to get to 155.
I have installed solar panels on my outside building, and am quite pleased with how well they work. This enables me to have an alternative energy source for emergency communications.
I hope to install a Hexagonal Beam in the near future. I also need to add a 17M section to my fan dipole.
I am an active member of the ARRL and the Keowee-Toxaway ARC. I ocassionally check into the SC SSB Net and attend area hamfest. I recently was extended an invitation to join the Swamp Fox Contest Group, and graciously accepted.
If you desire more information, here is a link to my personal Upstate Amateur Radio in South Carolina Blog: http://www.ks4yx.blogspot.com/
I am a proud member of the Swamp Fox Contest Group.
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