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Hi,


UPDATE - as of September 2010 - 4z5sw is no longer active.  I am back in the USA as KD7MTI operating out of Brentwood, Tennessee.  Brentwood is a few miles south of Nashville (Music City).


Please visit KD7MTI for most recent information.

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Updated 27 September 2009.

My QTH is Zur Hadassa, Israel.  We are about 8 km south west of Jerusalem.  Zur Hadassa is a very nice place to live.  We have some parks for small children and some for older children.

The map shows where we live, but you can't see the house yet because the satellite image is not up-to-date.

I've decided to focus almost exclusively on my CW skills. I am fairly comfortable  copying 25 wpm regardless of the skill level of the sender; I can copy 35 wpm if the operator has a very good fist.  I think, though my sending is not yet as good as my receive ability -- I have a very good fist using a straight key, but I think I have a ways to go with my Vibroplex bug.

I spent several hours "tuning" my bug -- I am very happy with the feel.  I have it set for around 28 wpm and I am getting competent at using it -- it will take several months before I can send as well with it as I can with a straight key.

Although I have a nice paddle (Ham Key) and I built the cmos-4 logikit keyer, I am going to mostly use my bug for the next several months.  So far, I feel like I can send better and just as quickly with the bug.

The thing I disklike with a paddle ("B" mode keying") is the change in rhythm for the letter A and R -- in "B" mode you have to send A as two characters (dit and dah).  Unfortunately R is also sent as two characters (dit-dah and then release).  In other words, you don't send "di dah" similarly to "di dah dit".  It drives me a little bongers.

I switch often between my FT-817 and my FT-840.  I've been using a Par End-Fed Antenna (EF-10-20-40) that is limited to 25 watts.  I am most only 20 and 40 meters, but also listen for me on 10 meters (28.015.000 MHz).

I also like to play with EchoLink, but not recently because I've been quite busy.

Ham Radio Projects (planned, completed, contemplated) for this year:

  • DXCC - 35 confirmed (I definitely need to focus!!!)
  • Improve my antenna situation
  • Finish my 20M rockmite -- broke a wire, need to get back to this.
  • Talk to a satellite -- might have to move to 2010
  • Make a QSO while camping on a mountain -- I almost achieved this, but small children at the campsite devastated my antenna setup.
  • Build "To-Go" setup with my FT817 -- In Progress:  purchased palm radio mini paddle and z817 tuner.  Need to get the right antenna.
  • Email via WinLink -- Yes, but not HF -- Abandoned!!!
  • Make a radio contact on echo link -- DONE!!!
  • Get a Memory Keyer -- built LogiKit CMOS-4 keyer -- DONE!!!
  • Improve my CW to 25 wpm -- DONE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Get my FT-840 up on PSK-31 -- DONE!!!!!!
  • Get my Nue-PSK modem working -- DONE!!!

I am an avid amateur radio operator. I was first licensed licensed in America(Huron, Ohio to be very precise) when I was 11 years old.

You can read a little more about me by entering my us callsign (kd7mti) on QRZ.

If you're looking at this for QSL info, please send me a QSL card -- I'll send one in return.

Listen for me on 40M and 20M.

Peace Shlomo

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