Hi, my nickname is Chuck. I was first licensed in 1957 as KN5MWQ. I was one of four young high school fellows who had the great fortune to be encouraged by one of the fathers to get our ham licenses --- and we did! We each went on to earn our General tickets (actually Conditional since we lived in the way outback), so I dropped the N and became K5MWQ. As is typical, college, career and family took precedence until I decided to "rediscover" ham radio in 2007. I was relicensed as AE4CW and have been having a blast ever since.
Here is a photo of my current station which is a combination of hardware and software defined radios. The antennas are a hex beam, an OCF dipole, 80 and 160M verticals, a K9AY for receiving plus a variety of VHF/UHF verticals. DXing and contesting are my primary operating interests. My technical interests include antennas, test gear, construction, and as you will see, restoration of my original General station from 1959. Thanks for stopping by!
My "modern" station made up of a combination of hardware and software defined radios (SDRs). The HF hardware radio is an Elecraft K3 transceiver along with a KPA500 amplifier and a KAT500 tuner. The K3's IF feeds an LP-Pan IF to I/Q converter which sends I/Q signals to the NaP3 SDR software. NaP3 provides a knockout spectral display, two additional SDR receivers plus point and click control of the K3 transceiver. The K9AY control box allows quadrant switching of a low-band loop array which feeds a KD9SV 80/160M pre-amp. The DXLab suite is used for logging, spot management, propagation advice, award tracking and QSL management. CW Skimmer provides a spectral display plus point and click tuning. N1MM is the logging software of choice for contesting. The VHF/UHF transceivers are a FT-8900R for 2M and 70 cm plus a Kenwood TK-981 for 33 cm.
My "vintage" station is a replica of the station I assembled in 1959 while a high school junior. My original HQ-100 receiver was replaced by an HQ-170 while my Globe Scout 680 gave way to a Supreme AF-100 transmitter found in a local TV repair shop. The HQ-170 is very well known, but the Supreme AF-100 is quite rare. It was manufactured by the Supreme Transmitter Corporation of New York City from 1946 through 1947. Providing 100 watts of AM, CW, MCW and FM on 80 through 10 meters it weighs in at 145 pounds. The HQ-170 is in-shack and operational. The AF-100 is operational but currently on the beach for a "tune-up" including replacing some caps and resistors. I can't wait to get it back on the air! AF-100 photo by joe veras © 2002
A Collins R-390A is in the final stages of a complete restoration including a new front panel. These older radio sure are fun!
73, Chuck, AE4CW
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