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, a RadioShack HTX-202 for 2M HT, a Yaesu FT-1802M, currently being used as a transmitter for the YARC repeater, with a Wouxon KGUVD1P reciever. Also, not currently in primary use, a Kenwood TS-7625 2M 25W mobile, and a Yaesu FT-1900R which needs parts. For HF I have a Yaesu FT-840, 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 also have a screwdriver in the driveway.
I am only FM on VHF/UHF, and on HF I am every band but 60M. I usually use paddles on CW, but sometimes 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 2014, 15 yrs old, and am still learning 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.
73's de Daniel Smith, KV4LQ
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Shelby County Amateur Radio Club, W4SHL
Young Hams of Centeral Alabama Amateur Radio Club, KM4AYU
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