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I am a retired electrical engineer who took up this hobby in 1969.  I held all of the license classes - Novice (WN4QIQ), Technician (WA4FYC), General and Advanced before going to Atlanta and taking the Extra exams (CW and written) in 1981 when I became licensed as KW4J.  I am a member of QCWA, TenTen, Fists, SKCC and several local radio clubs, including the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and the Shelby County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC).  I was president of BARC and SCARC twice each.  In addition, I am invovled with the BirminghHamFest and the Helena HamFest, which are held annually on March and October repectively.

I have a ARRL WAS and DXCC awards as well as eWAS with several endoresements.

I like to work digital modes (PSK and RTTY)  mostly, although recently I have been doing a lot of CW.  Ten meters is also a favorite, especially when the band is open.  However, I tend to work a lot of 17M phone when I am mobile


My modest radio station includes two independent HF locations:

- KW TS-590S with an Ameritron ALS-600 solid state amplifier and an in-line MFJ Versa Tune III.  The Versa Tuner is usually bypassed unless the ALS-600 is being used.

-ICOM IC-718 is the packup position, although I use it a lot.  The IC-718 is connected to an Ameritron ALS-500M amplifier via MFJ-994B autotuner.  

Antennas presently include:

-A ground mounted DX Engineering 43ft vertical with a MFJ-994BRS at its base.  The16 buried radials are each 33feet long.

-A ten meter 3 element yagi is temporarily mounted on the side of the house, but it works great!

-A G5RV 80 Meter version is strung across the back yard

-A six meter Ringo Ranger is sitting on top of the radio shack, which is detached from the house.

-I have 40ft of Rohn 25G ready to go up with a 3 Element tribander, rotor, etc. waiting installation.  I have not yet found that 'Round Tuit' needed to complete the project.

I also have a lot of UHF/VHF equipment.

-ID-800H for DStar operation. (I monitor K4DSO whenever I am in the shack)

-FT-2900 2M for local nets and emcomm backup

-FT-1900 2M in the game room

-Alinco 225H 220Mhz xcvr, used mainly to connect with the local EMA's during emcomm conditions and training.

-I have many hand held uhf/vhf xcvrs, as I like to toy around with them.  Included in the mix are

  -KW D-72A which is a really good APRS unit, especially with its digipeating capability

  -ID-51A DStar capable handy is fun to play with, especially with its GPS ability to find the closest DStar repeaters.

  -I am a sucker for the new Chinese radios, and I have several including a 2M/220MHzunitfor local emcomm capability.

I have two GoKits which are complete HF radio stations, including power supplies, antennas, SignaLink interfaces - KW TS-50S with autotuner and IC-703.  I use these mostly for Field Day and traveling, but they are great emcomm stations.  One provided the Red Cross with their only communication link during a severe tornado event a few years ago.

I also have a F-150 Pickup with an IC-7000 and Tarheel Screwdriver (TurboTuner tuner).  I have worked both locally and around the world with this unit.  One time I even got into Indonesia on a rare opening!


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