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AB1XG USA flag USA

alias for: N1ZHE


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QSL: LoTW and eQSL only.

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I QSL exclusively via LoTW or eQSL. I QSL no other way, please don't ask.


 

Prefer LoTW.  I also use eQSL and I am AG through them. Uploads to LoTW and eQSL usually happen the same day as our QSO, next day at the latest. If you don't get a match fairly soon after our QSO then please check that you logged the correct date and time, band, mode, etc.

A lot of you comment about the puppy in the picture with me. That's Cassie, a pure bred Cavilier King Charles Spaniel. We got her for our cat, Bella on her first birthday. Bella is a pure bred Ragdoll. When we brought Cassie home Bella took one look at her and seemed to say (in her cat way), "That's the ugliest kitten I've ever seen!" Bella then tried her best to train Cassie to be a proper kitten which worked for awhile until Cassie's doggie DNA took over and she converted back into a puppy (mostly). Bella still holds Cassie down and gives her baths to try to get rid of that doggie smell!

Cover photo shows me on JT9, usually late (EST) with an adult beverage. Pardon the messy desk.

Originally licensed as N1ZHE, a no-code Tech on May 20, 1996, passed my 5 wpm code test and upgraded to Tech-Plus on November 24, 1997, then on to General on November 25. 2003. Finally got my Extra on my first try at the Henniker Hamfest this spring (2015).

I am very much into the digital modes. You are most likely to find me on the JT65 or JT9 parts of the bands.

Lately I've been on SSB, mainly the low bands but you can find me sometimes on the high bands during the day. I use the Corsair II for SSB but if I want to work digital I use the Omni VII.

I am in ham radio today because of CB radio. I was KHT-4668, I still have the license the FCC issued me. My dad, J.B. "Brandy" Carney was the Executive Director of CB Magazine in the 1970's. While I learned some very basic things about radio through CB radio, it was not enough to satisfy my radio hobby desire.

After joining the USAF I was stationed at Altus, OK, I was there from 1973-1979 the first time. That was when I got active in CB radio. My dad was able to get me a slick little Radio Shack 23 channel AM/SSB mobile radio.

Back in those days, CB radio was still used for weather watching but the hams with their 2 meter FM gear were taking over fast. They had a repeater on a nearby "mountain". I used to hang out with a couple of them, I regret I have long forgotten their names and callsigns.

These guys were "real purists" in they only wanted single channel Motorola slim line HT's for their walkie-talkies. They used converted surplus Motorola police type radios for their mobiles, the ones that went in the trunk and had the speaker and mic up front. Yes, Motorola probably pioneered the separation kit.

I never forgot these guys and I always knew that someday I would join them and become a ham too.

When the "no code" technician license came along I was all over it. A little over a year later I had passed the 5 wpm code test and I was awarded my Tech-Plus license. I bought a used Uniden President 10 meter 25 watt rig and installed a 10 meter dipole. This was just as the last sunspot cycle was really coming on strong, I had many fun hours on 10 meters! I eventually upgraded to General and then several years later I upgraded to Extra..

Shack: Ten Tec Omni VII (100 watts SSB, 5-30 watts digital), Ten Tec Corsair II (100-115 watts SSB) which feeds 180 feet of LMR-400 coax connected to a 6-80 meter Buckmaster OCFD dipole that's installed at 40 feet flattop.

Currently active on 80 meters through 6 meters SSB/digital. I have a Cubex Quad "Butterfly" two element quad on it's own small TV rotator in the rafters of my garage. The quad is vertically polarized for FM repeator work. I also have a 2m/440 loop above the rafters in my garage for 2M SSB work. I use a TE Systems 1412G amp (up to 200 watts output) that has an excellent in-amp pre-amp. The OCFD does all bands from 80-6 meters except 60, 30 & 15. I'm hoping to replace the OCFD with a Hustler 4-BTV modofied like this: http://www.hamuniverse.com/k8kas160104btvmultibandantenna.html

20 years USAF Life Support, stationed in Oklahoma (x2), Okinawa, Germany, Texas.

OMNI VII

 

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