Hello, February 2013 marks my 35th anniversary of being a licensed Ham! The working conditions are an Elecraft K3, a K2/100 and an Elecraft KPA500 amp, 01/2012, a Palstar AT1500DT tuner.
For QRP I use a Hendricks kit, KD1JV Tribander for 20, 30, 40m, (built 10/2012), a K9AY 20m QRP transceiver kit, vintage 1991, (built 1/2013), and a Small Wonder Labs DWS-II-20, QRP transciever. Lionel J-38, ARTEC J-38 and 1955 Navy flameproof are my QRP keys.
The HF antennas are a Mosley TA-63N and an HF9V ground mtd. vertical. On 160m, I use an inverted "L". I work 160m through 6m, SSB,CW, RTTY, JT-65, and PSK31. Paducah has been my home since 1986. My review of the TA-63N is on EHAM Reviews.
I received a transplant, after living with PSC for over 11 years. PSC is a rare, auto-immune liver disease, that causes chirrosis and eventually death. I am thankful to Almighty God, the many prayers, my Donor Family, and awesome Surgeons, and my precious wife, who was/is my Angel, throughout this journey. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jqVNHqgR9A
L-R, WD4PJT (1978), WD4PJT (1980), NQ4O Gene Sr., now S.K. (1980)
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First licensed as WD4PJT on Febuary 21, 1978. My Dad, (S.K.) Gene Sr., was WD4PJU, then NQ4O. Our Elmer was Joe, K4ULW, (S.K.). Dad and I took our Novice test at Joe's house. It took about a month to get the results back, and our licenses from the FCC. Upgraded to Amateur Extra in April, 1981 at the Federal Building in downtown Louisville, Ky. (20 wpm Extra) and was issued NM4M, which I held for 25 yrs. I enjoy HF DXing, and contesting. Using Ham Radio Deluxe, I chase DX and contest on RTTY, PSK-31. I also just started running JT-65, which is alot of fun. I also enjoy the monthly NAQCC QRP Sprints. DXCC #44,588. Currently, 249 DXCC entities confirmed on LOTW. WAS #54,596, mixed mode, and Triple Play Award #662. Member of the Paducah Amateur Radio Association, http://www.w4nja.org/ , Member of ARRL, ARRL VE, 10-10 #76361, NAQCC #2651, SKCC #10211. My other hobbies include playing old time fiddle and mandolin. Life is a Gift! Let's celebrate and be Thankful for every day! Best Wishes and 73s! Gene
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