10-10 international # 74809, Omiss # 5964 (old man international sideband society), SKCC # 9701 and Logbook of The World user. ARRL member as well.
Echolink operation station "K6WMD-L", node # 625448 linked to my home radio in Thousand Oaks, California at 145.700 Mhz simplex, no pl, up 40 feet at 50 watts. I also have an echolink node "K6WMD-R" #768599 in Camarillo, California. Its on a simplex radio as well up 50 feet at 50 watts on 145.770 Mhz.
I got my first license as KC6MIB in 1990 as a novice.
I currently use a Yaesu FT-897 transceiver and and a Heathkit SB-220 legal limit amplifier which I fully restored. I use a G5RV dipole through a Dentron Super Tuner. When I operate mobile, I tow a 3 element Hy-Gain tribander mounted on a trailer with a crank up mast up to 40 feet which you see in the photo below. I enjoy experimenting with home brew antennas. I have been experimenting a little with digital modes but still prefer the original digital mode (CW with a straight key.) I enjoy simple old fashioned technology.
Below is my current setup. I have taken down the Heathkit SB-101 transceiver which needs a lot of work.
Below is one of my recent projects. A dummy load in a gallon can with mineral oil. I used 94, one watt 4.7k resistors in parallel between two copper clad boards . That gave me a 50 ohm (actually 50.2 ohms) resistance with no inductive or capacitive reactance. The impedance is ALWAYS 50 ohms and it can easily handle several hundred watts. I filled the can with mineral oil (baby oil) which is non-conductive and used to displace the heat. Works well at 1.5 kilowatts.
I'm currently pursuing my bachelor degree in electronic engineering technology.
REGARDING QSL CARDS:
If I receive a QSL card from you directly, I will send you one back directly. I now use LoTW (ARRL logbook of the world.)
If I receive a card from you through the OMISS QSL Bureau ( info at www.omiss.net ), I will send one back to you via the "buro." Please do not send any QSL cards through E-QSL.
CONFIRMED 27 entities worked so far toward DXCC award:
Barbados, Chile, Uruguay, Martinique, Marquesas Islands, Isle of Man, Columbia, Japan, Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, East Kiribati, European Russia, Asiatic Russia, Canada, Australia, Norfolk Island, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Azores, Bonaire and South Cook Islands (Rarotonga).
Recieved the "Worked All States" award in September of 2012. It only took 20 years ! !
73 DE K6WMD
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