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My Home QTH is near Joplin, Missouri.

Nickname: Kelly.                        *****UPDATE: 203 countries confirmed***** 

Celebrating 40 years in ham radio!  Got my license in 1975 on my 12th birthday.  We lived in Boulder, Colorado at the time.  My uncle, - W0SGR got me started in ham radio. My first contact was on a Ten-Tec PM3A radio (a similiar rig is pictured below) worked a ham in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  Later, I upgraded to a Viking Adventurer and Hammerlund HQ-170A receiver.  My ham career over the years has been mostly QRP or 100 watts or less, Never had a HF beam.  Later, we moved to the Black Hills of SD which was a great place to operate from. Here in Missouri,  I operate mostly CW and occasionally make a contact on SSB.  I have enjoyed every minute of the hobby.  Thank you to my Wife Karen who understands the magic of radio and supports my hobby in every way. 

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Having fun enjoying the hobby.  You'll either find me operating at a picnic table portable with my Elecraft KX3, or Chasing dx with my home station. Rig here is an IC-7600. Enjoying it with the new firmware upgrade Ver2.0.  It's a super radio with lots of features to learn about.  The  antenna is a 270 ft Loop Skywire fed with ladderline and a 4:1 balun, The antenna tuner is LDG AT1000proII. -- they all work really well together. The ALS-600 is switched online for the rare DX.  

                     

The photo below is a google earth view of the 270 ft Loop Skywire.  It is fed with ladder line to a 4:1 balun and short run of coax to the IC-7600.  It has proved to be a good all around antenna.  I have added several new countries with the loop.  New ones lately are K1N, J28,SU9,ZL7, 9Q0, 7Q.T32, C21, A65 and V6Z, VP8,3XY1.... I have worked 235 countries and confirmed 202. Hope to see you in the pile ups!

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If you worked me Nov1st thru Nov 6th, WB0WQS/5, I was operating portable from Galveston Island, Texas.  I was running the KX3 running battery power 5-10 watts. 

If you look up at the crows nest, you will see a orange telescoping fiberglass pole, supporting the 31 ft vertical. It is fed with a 9:1 unun and 25 ft run of coax to the deck where the KX3 is set up.

Summer of 2014

This was a past antenna I used that worked very well for DX. It fianally came down when one of the trees that supported it, blew down in a storm. I figured I would keep it on here in case somebody would like some information about it.

This antenna was an antenna that W4RNL modeled and wrote about: a 135' center fed Inverted-L. One leg was 65 ft horizontal, and the other leg was 65 ft vertical; fed with 400 ohm ladder line. It was fed at the 75 ft level. The late Cebic wrote that the 135' ft Inverted-L has decent gain figures and low take off angles, I decided to put it up and give it a try. I shot the line up there with a compound bow and arrow with fishing line attached.

The photo below is the Inv-L before it came down. The Horizontal wire ran in the 333 degree direction. The antenna was fed at the top. I have highlighted the vertical wire with a thin, black line (look carefully). It ran down to the yard tied off with a short piece of white rope and an insulator. The feedpoint up at the upside-down L was fed with ladder line, it then went to the back of the house to a 4:1 remote balun and a short run of coax to the tuner. I thought I would leave the antenna notes, and photo here as an record of the antenna.

I recently upgraded to a BALUN DESIGNS Dual Core #4115 4:1 Balun, and short run of LMR-240 coax to the tuner. This antenna with a small amplifier helped me snag my fair share of DX. It had a very low angle take off angle. I plan on building another and using it so I can switch back and forth to the loop for best results.

Field Day 2015!

If you worked me during field day 2015, I was operating  from Holiday Island, Arkansas.  The set up was the KX-3, battery powered recharged with solar cells. The antenna was a 88ft center fed with the ends bent over the tree supports.. Here is the view from the QTH overlooking Tablerock Lake.  This year, I worked 285 contacts on CW in 15 hours of operating time (old man needs his sleep), on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters opened eventually Sunday.  The orange pole is a 31 ft fiberglass support.

Here is the 13 watt Harbor Freight briefcase charger hooked to one of my 12 volt battery packs(via charge controller). It all worked well, and I recommend the solar charger for experimenting. I had two 12 volt battery packs and charged one, while using the other. Thank you, if you were one of those stations who pulled my weak signal out of the noise. Power Output was 5 watts. 1B battery, Solar Bonus. Arkansas.  Note to self: ... spend more early morning hours on 40 meters next year. 

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WA6NVL 2013-11-12 20m SSB DM03tx United States Ray E Waldemar
YY5SKA 2013-11-11 15m CW FJ69cc Venezuela JOAN LA RIVA
WB4IT 2013-11-03 40m CW EM63RI United States Brian Byers
AA3B 2013-11-03 40m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
VK2FJC 2013-10-26 10m SSB PG66pa Australia RICHARD NEWBOLD
UA1ZFG 2013-10-24 30M JT65 KP69na Russia Vadim Samorodov
UA1ZFG 2013-10-22 30M JT65 KP69na Russia Vadim Samorodov
M6APJ 2013-09-15 20m JT65 IO82wk England Andrew Hill
DL9IU 2013-09-05 12m CW JO50kg Germany Dieter Bettin
N6JPG 2013-08-12 17m USB CM98nj United States Joseph P Green
WA7HDI 2013-08-08 20m CW DM22sq United States Joe P Richey
K6CSL 2013-08-06 20m CW CM97mr United States Bert H Cook
N7NEV 2013-07-31 20m CW DM43 United States James Vasfaret
KA6JLT 2013-07-17 20m CW DM09cl United States ROB L WALKER
K6CSL 2013-07-02 20m CW CM97mr United States Bert H Cook

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