I go by Greg. I started ham radio as a teen back in 1968 and enjoyed it very much. I dropped out in my thirties and now I am back into the hobby after a 25 year gap. In 2008, I started over with technician and upgraded to extra class in 2009. CW has always been my favorite mode. I prefer ragchews over chasing DX.
I discovered QRP with the Icom 703 and built the Wilderness SST 20 and Sierra kits. The the Elecraft KX3 came along and is my go to rig for portable and home use. My home antenna is a 135 foot doublet fed with 300 ohm line down to a SGC 237 tuner just outside the house.
My favorite activity is portable operations. I found the Rapid Deployment Amateur (RaDAR) concept via Marcus NX5MK and have learned much about the RaDAR from Eddie Leighton ZS6BNE the originator. See http://zs6bne.wordpress.com/The RaDAR contest is the first Saturday in April and November. By the way, there is a Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio Google+ Community with quite a following. See https://plus.google.com/communities/109283065808971118728
Antennas are an interesting part of portable ops. I started with the Buddistick and have used an endless succession of portable antennas. I gave the Alexloop magnetic loop a try and am impressed with its convienience and surprising performance.
I joined the Panama City Amateur Radio Club www.w4ryz.org and have made a lot of friends there. I served a couple of years as Club President. I do Field Day with the club and yes I spend 363 days getting ready for the next one.
I make the Huntsville Hamfest and the Orlando Hamcation each year. I meet up with some buddies including John K4KQZ from Tennessee. Craig NM4T organizes a QRP gathering on Monte Sano mountain on the Saturday evening of the Huntsville Hamfest.
My second hobby is high power rocketry. I fly with SouthEast Alabama Rocketry Society. Visit the www.sears572.com web site and checkout our launches in Samson, AL. I have a rocketry blooper video on YouTube at http://youtu.be/-8JgHb0q7Bw
Sorry, My track record with return QSLs is poor. This is an area for improvement. I do have a blog at www.N4KGL.info The blog will give you an an idea of what RaDAR is all about. I have been blessed with a expanding circle of friends via Ham Radio. That is the best part.
72 and 73s!
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