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Thanks for visiting! If you make contact while on a Century Club Net please send card to ANY buro and it will be took care of. If you want one on my personal cards please send SASE.

With that said;

I am a Extra Class Amateur Ham radio operator and I also hold a FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL).

A past ARRL Official Observer State Coordinator, a current ARRL Official Observer, ARRL Volunteer Field Examinerand also Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Holding also degrees in Machine Technology, Electronic Engineering and Information Technology. Was also just awarded a Masters award from the Century Club, the 2nd Handi-ham Master since the founding of the club in 1977.

I am currently retired due to a high-voltage accident that left me a bi-lateral amputee.

My first experience at radios was from listening to my fathers CB Midland in his truck at 8 years old. Firmly convinced that the FCC was just up the street if I even 'thought' about transmitting on this rig.

That changed and I talked them into letting me spend my money at 10 to get a 'base' station with a 20 foot push up. That radio was a J.C. Penny 23 channel and had a 'space' between the 22 and 23 channel that was some unknown frequency. I was convinced that was a unique thing. Spending hours on that radio making contacts and monitoring. Then I was given a D-104 microphone that I STILL have today as a birthday present and I knew I wanted to be a ham.

I have worked lots of odd jobs while putting myself thru school. Having done work in machine shops, a tech support for a internet provider to a anchor rigger and even a seismograph operator for a blasting company.

After graduating from electronics school I went to work for a company that built modems, UDS in Huntsville Al. They engineered the first full-duplex 9600 baud modem. After several years there a chance to work on my first Olympic project building a A/V switcher for 3M going to the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Once those games were over I worked for a number of years for Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) as a Chief Engineer. I also was at the ground floor of the WEWN shortwave station in Vandiver, Alabama. With 4 - 500K watt Thompson transmitters bringing the Word to all parts of the world.

I left EWTN for another Olympic project, this time the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. Where I was Engineer in Charge of Georgia Dome Gymnastics broadcast system for Panasonic America.

After that and coming home I went to work for the City of Birmingham in the Traffic Engineering department. Nobody was bombing Birmingham at the time. After about 8 years there I had a accident. I became a disabled bi-lateral amputee from contacting a ground line that was energized with high-voltage, 13,500 volts to be exact. Lots of pain and LOTS of burns, 50% 3rd and 4th degree.

Whoever said, "STOP, DROP AND ROLL" has never been on fire before. It turns into, "OHH, CRAP AND RUN" in a hurry. Yet with the Lords help I try not to let it slow me down.

While being electrocuted, I was heard to scream, "GOD, PLEASE SAVE ME!". At that exact time the breaker supplying the high voltage power opened!

The fire department was returning from a call when they were called to me. As they were at the end of the block and watched my crew lowering my bucket, they jumped out with fire extinguishers and started putting me out. I was so hot that when they put the flames out I re-ignited.

197 days in the hospital, a year and half of rehab with daily dressing changes. Would have not made it without the Lord. Had to even learn to walk again.

As a child my Dad owned the first Harley-Davidson dealership in Alabama and I still ride my Harley. Something the doctors never thought I'd do and never missed a chance to tell me so.

I have traveled around the world, touched the sky and the bottom of the ocean. I have stood on the steps of Apollo's Temple. Went to the mountains and gazed in to the Oracle at Delphi. Drank from the Mediterranean Sea at Poseidon's gateway. Stood on the rubble that has remained of the Wall of East and West.

Stood on massive glaciers in Alaska, listened to corn grow in Alabama. Sat were Presidents have lived in Washington and prayed where native Americans died in South Dakota.

Never let anyone tell you that it can not be done, what do they know!

73,

Lee
AK4QA
ARRL Official Observer
ARRL Volunteer Field Examiner
ARRL Official Observer State Coordinator (retired)
Century Club Master Award #58
OMISS #7205>

 

Latest artical about me; http://www.linemanbarn.com/onion-george.html

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Not all, but here are some.....

 

 

How to tell if your XYL loves you? Put up an antenna thats1/2 the size of your house!

Find out if your neighbors still like you too!

 

Looks a lot bigger when viewed from space!

 

 

The 'grown crew' putting finishing touches to it.

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The Hi-Q 5/80 military HF antenna on my truck.

Peaches Anne (RIP) guarding the 160m install site. 'Cant trust 'dem squirrels' she says!


Lightning strike! Never passed the voltage and carried it all to ground.

Guess thats why the military paid over $3000.00 for them. On Ebay for $200.00.

 

Repaired and put back into service.

 

12:1 balun for 600 ohm ladder line feeding dipole.

3'' copper strap ring around house for ground bonding.

 


 

Last 2 new cards!

      

 

Some of my cards over the years....

 

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Shack details;

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Power is conditioned with a OneAC CC2350 5KVA unit.
http://www.chloridepower.com/Documents/Unprotected-downloads/Product-brochures/USA/960-065-Rev-B-R12-10-Final-Web.pdf

Then backed up with a ACP XS-1300 UPS that is computer overseen.
http://www.apc.com/resource/include/tech spec_index.cfm?base_sku=BX1300LCD

Distribution of AC power this handled with a TripLite ISObar ultra
http://www.tripplite.com/en/products/model.cfm?txtSeriesID=74&EID=345&txtModelID=104

A rack mounted 8 output switched panel handles the on-off of the components.
DC is created with a 50 amp liner supply with a 35 amp switched Astron SS-30M as a backup.
Distributed with a 35 amp Tenma 2 stage metered panel.

VHF and D-star is handled with a Icom 2200 unit with D-star option installed.
http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/2200h/default.aspx

Primary HF communication is handled with a Icom 756Pro
Back-up HF is a Icom 718 with narrow filter installed.
Antenna matching of both is done by a pair of Ameritron ATR-30 and ATR-15 tuners.
Match is confirmed with a Ameritron AWM-30 meter.

Primary legal output is handled with a Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier.
Back-up is a Ameritron AL-811H (not shown).

Audio consists of a Apex 435 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone.
Shock mounted on a Heil arm.

Processing and phantom power is taken care of by a Behringer VX-2000 Ultra Voice Pro.
Dynamic processing is thru a Behringer MDX-2200 Composer Pro.

Audio speakers include a pair of Roland MA-8 monitors with a Kenwood SP-180 for the VHF / D-star.

Headsets are a David Clark Model 100 (20-20Khz) and a Telex Airman 760 (300-3Khz).

Antenna primary is a 256 foot dipole 80 feet high. The balun is a Antenna Products SM-153 12:1. Feed with 600 ohm lead.
http://www.antennaproducts.com/

160m is an inverted L with 5000' of radials.

Main beam is a M2 40M3L-125 survivor series mono beam that is twisted with a Hy-gain Ham-IV.

Antenna back up is 130 dipole up 60 feet feed with 450 ohm lead.

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