I was first licensed as a Novice (WN5KSD), on November 2, 1973, having just turned 11 years old. I then upgraded to General (WB5KSD) on September 23, 1975 at the age of 13. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 with a degee in Engineering Science, I upgraded to Advanced and then Extra in 1989. I primarily operate the digital modes these days, RTTY, PSK31, JT65, but mostly CW. I'm very active in the SKCC group (#11611S) and can be found most evenings on 20 or 40m 50 to 60 KHz up from the bottom. I also hang out online at the K3UK SKCC Sked Page http://www.obriensweb.com/sked/index.php?board=skcc, if you would like to schedule a QSO...
The CW ragchewing side of the console (primarily used for SKCC)
The DX chasing side of the console
Vintage Radio Console
The antenna farm consists of a 20/15/10m dipole (driven element from an old beam) up 50ft on a Rohn 25 tower and broadside east/west with dipoles for 30 and 40m on the same feed. There is also a 160m loop up 40ft with the tower serving as the 4th leg. I also have a 20m OCF dipole that goes 150 ft from the shack to the the tower. These antennas, along with a 15m vertical double delta loop, connect to a RCS-4 remote coax switch (seen in the above picture under the FT-747GX) about 150ft from the shack.
My father, who got me started in ham radio all these many years ago is W5ZIT. My mother is WA5MYX and my wife is N5OTA. Josh (my oldest son) is now KF5SSP. Still working on my other 2 sons and I hope that one of these days they will become interested in this great activity.
Speaking of W5ZIT, this is him below. We share the shack when he and my mom visit. This is his homemade console...
73 and see you on the bands…
de Jon WB5KSD
PS. This is Stormie, a blue merle sheltie. She's used to my shack doggie. In November of 2014 I let her out to do her business and 10 minutes later she vanished withouth a trace. I believe she was abducted by aliens and is now keeping them company in a ham shack somewhere in the stars...
PSS. Now a few pictures of my Vintage Yaesu collection...
FT-101 EE w/ YC-601 digital frequency readout
FT-101ZD MK 0
FT-101ZD MK3 w/ FV-101DM Digital VFO (what a GREAT combo)
FT-107M (cream face...don't see very many of these anymore) w/ FC-707 Antenna Tuner
FT-707 w/ FV-707DM Digital Memory and the FC-707 Antenna Tuner
FT-747GX w/ LDG Z100 Autotuner
FT-757GXII w/ FC-757AT Automatic Antenna Tuner
Ok, so it's not a Yaesu but it's still a classic. Belonged to one of my closest friends N5BTH, who passed away at a very young age. Everytime I make a contact using this 520 I think of Micah...
Kenwood TS-520s w/ VFO-520 and SP-520
Now for a close-up look at my keys...
My beloved J-38 that I've had since a Novice at 11 and a Vibroplex Original from 1960, the year before I was born
Note that the J-38 has a "B" instead of an "N" on the base? My Dad was adding extra incentive to make sure I passed that General exam! He's also the one that got me started on bugs and provided them for me to use. Thanks Dad!
A Bencher RJ-2 and a Vibroplex Original Deluxe from 1949
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