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-1900R for 2M FM, an MFJ mag mount 5/8 wave on 2M, 1/4 wave on 6M, a RadioShack HTX-202 for 2M HT, a Wouxon KGUVD1P for 440 TX/RX and 2M RX (it currently has final transistor problems on 2M, plan to swap them with the 440 finals eventually), also, not currently in primary use, a Kenwood TS-7625 2M 25W mobile, and a Yaesu FT-1802M that does not recieve due to broken recieve preamp. For HF I have a Yaesu FT-101E with Yaesu FV-101B ext VFO and Yaesu YC-601 digital frequency display, and 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.
I am soely FM on VHF/UHF, and on HF I mostly due 20M Digital, Straightkey CW, and a little SSB. I occasionally venture to 40M or 15M and sometimes 10M or 80M, but I don't ussually venture away from 20. on Digital, I use PSK-31, PSK-63, PSK-125, RTTY, Olivia, and Helleschriber Fax. I usually use a straight key on CW, but sometimes I turn on the computer and have a QSO at about 30 or 40 WPM. On the computer I have Windows XP Pro with SP3, running HRD v5.something, ith a cheapo USB soundcard (the onboard sound I do not have drivers for) with homemade cables running to the MIC and PHONES ports on the front of the rig. For PTT I have a serial keying interface designed for sending CW (courtesy of WN4AT) that works with HRD for PTT.
I was the GOTA station for ARRL Field Day 2013, so if you worked KV4LQ, that was one of the following operators:
John Murphy KA4ZXL
Jackson Chance KK4NGD
Cameron Tyler KK4HQZ
or a third party. 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. I can not wait until next year.
I am, as of February 2013, 14 yrs old, and am still learning the ins and outs of radio. I am currently a high school student by day and asleep by night. I enjoy chasing DX on 20M, and this year while driving home with my good friend Geno N4GNO from setting up the helena hamfest 2013, I worked Croatia 9A4W with 100W mobile. I recently got out of braces. 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.
73's de Daniel Smith, KV4LQ
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