The photo was made on the deck of a condominium in Florida. The rig in the photo is an Elecraft KX-1 and the antenna is a Buddipole vertical.
My home rig is an Elecraft KX3 driving a Ten-Tec Model 418 amplifier to approximately 100 watts output.
My antennas are a 40 meter home made vertical with three elevated counterpoise, a 160 meter Carolina Windom, and a home made 30 meter inverted vee.
I use a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer with a K1el Winkeyer but I keep a Kent straight key and a Dow-Key bug handy. I can also send CW from the computer keyboard using DM 780 and the WinKeyer.
I use the SDR output of the KX3 receiver with PowerSDR-IF and enjoy the panadapter view as well as rig control. I also use Ham Radio Deluxe Version 6.0, HRD Logbook, and DM 780. Ham Radio Deluxe is synchronized with PowerSDR-IF and CAT control of the KX3 by a virtual com port.
Most of my activity is rag chewing or working DX in the lower 50 KHz of the bands. I frequently check into the Tennessee CW Net that meets Monday through Saturday on 3.562 MHz at 0000 hours CUT when Daylight Savings Time is in effect and 0100 hours CUT when Daylight Savings Time is not in effect. I also check into the Sunrise Net (SRN) that meets daily on 7.123 MHz at 1300 hours CUT, http://qsl.net/srn/ .
I monitor WB4GBI's 146.94 MHz wide coverage repeater located near Knoxville, Tennessee so if you visit or pass throught this area give me a call on the repeater.
I hike in the Smoky Mountains frequently and expect to activate a few Summits On The Air (SOTA) sites in the near future. For more information on SOTA see http://www.sota.org.uk/ .
You can view GPS tracks and photographs of some of my hikes at http://www.everytrail.com. Search for hikes in the Knoxville or Gatlinburg area posted by me as "ET Hiker."
I retired after more than 40 years in the practice of law. Before studying law I was an Army Aviator for several years and hold FAA commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses for single and multi engine engine aircraft, instruments and helicopters.
Other facts and information
Prefer to QSL by LoTW but will reply to QSL cards.
Continuously licensed since January of 1952.
Operated J6/W4VAB from St Lucia in December of 2012.
Held the call DL4HM in 1961 and 1962 while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany.
Certificates and awards include the Rag Chewers Club, 25 wpm code proficiency certificate, public service awards, WAS, WAC, DXCC, the Elmer award, and the 1,000 miles per watt certificate.
Operate CW, digital modes, QRP, and APRS and Winlink on VHF and HF.
ARRL life member.
QCWA life member # 11297 with 50 year continuous licensing award, 60 year award and QCWA Century Club Award.
Member of East Tennessee DX Association http://www.etdxa.org/ .
SKCC # 4595.
ARCI # 14253
Flying Pigs # 2520
Feld Held Club # 1935
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