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October 5, 2015:  Don't forget to join us at the Helena Hamfest! www.helenahamfest.org

September 27, 2015:  Just finished restoring an old Swan-350C.  Works beautifully, except for the fact that I roasted a finger when I touched the case during tune up.  Oh well, I guess I need vivid reminders to ground old equipment!  Made 1 contact with W9OAW at 1630 local, QSO failed midway due to fading conditions.  Thanks to W9OAW for that first QSO!  Pictures:


Restored rig with matching PS:


That beautiful front panel:


The main rectifier board (HV = 800VDC!!!):


The filter caps (had one out of four replacements explode, so I substituted other random caps in series/parallel as needed):

June 3, 2015:  Excited about Field Day with W4SHL this year.  Last year we as a club worked all 50 states in 19 hours.  This year we expect to operate 8F or 9F at the Shelby County EMA, 504 HWY 70, COLUMBIANA, AL.

May 6, 2015:  Looking forward to the Armed Forces Day communications test this weekend!  See http://www.navymars.org/central/reg4/FL/FLNMCMARS/CrossBand/2015%20Annual%20Armed%20Forces%20Day.pdf for details on frequencies/times.

May 5, 2015:  Happy Revenge of the Fifth!

May 4, 2015:  Happy Star Wars Day everyone!  May the Fourth be with you!

October 13, 2014:  Thank you all who operated for us at KM4AYU special event station!

September 10, 2014: News Flash:  Amateurs in the Shelby County, Alabama area:  The Young Hams of Central Alabama Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a special event station at the Helena Hamfest of October 11, 2014.  We need operators who can bring their own station to operate!  Please contact me, KV4LQ at the above email/snailmail address.


August 1, 2014:  I have just been notified that I am the winner of the 2014 Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award.  See www.alarrl.com for more info.

I am a relatively new ham, having gotten my technician class on April 2, 2012; my general in mid-August of 2012; and my extra on March 2, 2013. I used study guides written by Dan Romanchik KB6NU for technician and general, but for extra, Dan had not written a study guide at that time, so I used a study guide by Gordon West WB6NOA and passed the extra with very little study.

My current station, for VHF/UHF, consists of the following: Yaesu FT-1820M for 2M FM, an MFJ mag mount 5/8 wave on 2M, 1/4 wave on 6M, an Icom ID-51A for 2M/440 HT.  Also, not currently in primary use, a Yaesu FT-1900R which needs parts. For HF I have a Kenwood TS-2000X, and a Yaesu FT-840, with a MFJ 949E 300W Deluxe Versa Tuner for HF, tuning an inverted V up 45 FT or so, that is erected in a fashion as to where the antenna wires are at a 120 degree angle, so it tunes up on all bands (with terrible coax SWR though - anyone with ideas for antennas, or anyone with 100 feet of coax, a balun, and 600 feet of wire for giving away please contact me!).

I am only FM on VHF/UHF, and on HF I am every band.  I usually use paddles on higher speed CW, but I use a straight key for SKCC contacts.

I was the GOTA station for ARRL Field Day 2013, but not 2014. As GOTA station we got 212 contacts in the 24 hour period, minus a couple of hours in the beginning due to poor antenna erection by the installers a few years ago. The antenna was a butternut at the Shelby County EMA, inside of which we operated from. We also took short breaks every once and a while, but usually another op filled in. As a comparison of hoe physically exhausting this was, someone brought a 24 by 12 pan of brownies, of which I ate about 1/4 of the pan over that night. I went home and crashed.

for FD2014, I was 15/80 CW.  This was my first time as a non-GOTA station in summer FD

I am, as of February 2015, 16 yrs old, and am still mastering the science of radio. I am currently a high school student by day and asleep by night. I enjoy chasing DX on the Ham Bands, and occasional ragchew. I have lived in AL all my life, for those of you that have asked.

Thank you to all the hams who have helped me along my amateur radio journey.

My Station:

Deck 1    :    Yaesu FT-2900R (APRS) and Yaesu FT-840HF All-mode
Deck 2    :    Storage and Memory Keyer
Deck 3    :    Tuner and Yaesu FT-1802M
Deck 4    :    Two Packet modems, DSTAR HT, Speaker for Yaesu FT-840, Kenwood TS-2000X
Below Desk are 90 amps worth of paralleled power supplies that power all equipment.
Hanging over head is Ext. Speaker for 2M FM.
Full view (outdated image):

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HF Rig:
2M FM:
MFJ Memory Keyer:
Dual Antenna Tuners (now just the one on top):
73's de Daniel Smith, KV4LQ

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SKCC# 11744

SCARS# 10418


Shelby County Amateur Radio Club, W4SHL www.w4shl.com

Young Hams of Centeral Alabama Amateur Radio Club, KM4AYU www.km4ayu.com




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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KV4LQ
Latest Contacts for KV4LQ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
NL7FJ 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN32qc United States RICHARD H MONROE
AA2CT 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN30cv United States Robert Degrazio
WA4YDK 2015-05-16 20m SSB EL96ub United States ELLIOT B KLEIMAN
KC4AUF 2015-05-16 20m SSB FM17au United States ROBERT D DAY
KC2HCY 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN20xf United States Ned G Meyer
N5XGT 2015-05-16 20m SSB EM17iq United States
KB1OD 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN42kt United States OSCAR DEL TORO
KD8YLH 2015-05-16 20m SSB EN80gg United States DEN HEADRICK
N0REH 2015-05-16 20m SSB EN34jt United States RICHARD E HEGGEMEYER
WQ4OC 2015-05-16 20m SSB EL95tv United States JOSE A RODRIGUEZ
NP2FZ 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN42FA66 United States KEITHLEY R SUTTON JR
N1KNY 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN32te United States THOMAS N GIBEAU
K3ELS 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN21wd United States Eric L Schwartz
KC2JXN 2015-05-16 20m SSB FN30bp United States William Rosenberg
KB8DBJ 2015-05-16 20m SSB EN82if United States Robert T Erickson

Book Totals: 1085 qso's   415 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#10321
Granted: 2015-08-31 00:20:03   (KV4LQ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#8938
Granted: 2015-08-31 00:20:03   (KV4LQ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#1429
Granted: 2015-08-31 00:20:02   (KV4LQ)

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