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All of my contacts prior to 23 November 2016 have been QRP 5W CW using a Youkits HB-1B and dipole antennas. From 23 November 2016 onwards, I will also be using an IC-7300 at my RI and IA QTHs, with a max of 100 watts.

NOTE: During the months of May, June, July and August of 2017, I will be operating from Arnolds Park, Iowa, as AB1YD/0. Please confirm on QRZ.COM and LoTW under the AB1YD/0 callsign. QSL cards can be sent to the AB1YD address in Rhode Island. TU - Jim.

 

I will respond with a QSL postcard to all QSL cards that I receive. No SASE or postage is required. All QSO contacts are logged into QRZ.COM, Club Log and LoTW, usually the same day.

Earned my Novice license (KN1QNW) in 1960 at the age of 14, and upgraded to General (K1QNW) a year later. My first equipment was a Hallicrafters S-108 HF receiver, and an Eico 720 CW transmitter that I assembled from a kit. The 90 watt transmitter fed a 40 meter dipole strung between a couple of trees. Unfortunately, I allowed the 5 year General license to expire in 1967, and I would remain inactive for almost 50 years.

In early 2015, while wintering on Big Pine Key in Florida, I ran into a ham who showed me his Elecraft KX3 and piqued my interest. I was quite impressed with the improvements made in ham equipment over the years, and decided to study and try for an Extra license, which I passed the following September.

I had planned on buying an Icom IC-7300, which had been announced but was not yet shipping. After several months with a ham license but no radio, I picked up a Youkits HB-1B mk3 in February of 2016 just to get on the air. I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of this little 40 - 15 meter 5W QRP CW rig, and decided to continue with it for a while before I made the IC-7300 purchase.

I work almost 100% CW, and can operate all bands from 160 - 6 meters using a 6 band home-made fan dipole (20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6) in the attic, an outside dipole for 40 meters, and an Icom AH-4 tuner driving an end-fed wire for 160, 80, 60 and 30 meters.

All of my dipole antennas are tuned to resonance on the CW sections of the bands. This was accomplished with a Rig Expert AA-54 antenna analyzer, which is well worth the money in my opinion, and eliminated the need for an antenna tuner.

Occasionally, I will work QRP using the HB-1B out of North Woodstock in the White Mountains of New Hampshire as AB1YD/P. During the summer months, from about early June through early September, my call will be AB1YD/0, operating from Arnolds Park near Lake Okoboji in the beautiful NW Iowa lakes region.

SKCC # 15120 T,   NAQCC 8451,   AQR 135,   ARRL VE

Best 73, Jim

 

The station setup

 

Six band (20-6 meter) home brew attic dipole

 

The portable travel kit

 

The hiking kit with Youkits MT-1 antenna tuner and homemade microswitch key.

 

One of my more exotic 5W QRP contacts using the HB-1B and a dipole.

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