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Like many, I started my radio hobby using the 23 channel Citizens Band (call sign KSI-4854 with a Cobra 135 radio!).  The hobby quickly grew to 40 channels and exploded in the number of users.  My friends and I decided to go for our amateur radio license.  We all studied and practiced the code together.  I was first licensed as a Novice (KA9JER).  Shortly after I took my Technician test in the Chicago FCC field office downtown.  My call sign became N9CMD.  I moved to North Texas upgraded to General Class then changed N9CMD to N5CMD to more accurately reflect my call area.  I studied then upgraded to Extra Class and my call changed for the final time to AE5GG.  Soon thereafter I became a W5YI and ARRL accredited Volunteer Examiner.



Desk level left to right:  Yaesu FT-1000D, Yaesu FTM-400XD (Wires-X), Yaesu FT-736 VHF/UHF, Alpha 9500 Amplifier, and my main HF rig the Icom 7851.

Upper shelf left to right:  Yaesu SP-5 speaker, Icom IC-R8500 general coverage receiver, Timewave PK-232C+, Electrovoice RE-20 using the Heil boom, Yaesu FT-991, sitting on top of the FT-991 is the EQplus by W2IHY & 5 band audio equalizer by W2IHY, various HT's to the right of that, PC screen above the Alpha 9500 using Ham Radio Deluxe program, & the Icom SP-34 speaker for the Icom 7851.  

Highest shelf in the center:  Palstar DL150HP Dummy Load and the Palstar HF-Auto antenna tuner.


I am the trustee/owner for the NK5CC repeater located in Copper Canyon Texas.  This repeater uses the Yaesu Wires-X system which connects the 2 meter local repeater to other amateurs around the world!  

For more details please see: https://www.qrz.com/db/NK5CC

Picture of the NK5CC Yaesu DR-1X  (FM & Digital Repeater.)


The equipment up close:

Icom 7851 160-10m + 6m - This  radio is truly a dream to operate!


Alpha 9500 Automatic HF Amplifier

Electro-Voice RE-20 Microphone

W2IHY Equalizer and Noise Gate

EQplus by W2IHY

Vibroplex Semi-automatic "Original Presentation" Keyer

Yaesu FT-991 160-10 + 6m (Digital Fusion/Wires-X)

Yaesu FTM-400XD  2m/440 (Digital Fusion/Wires-X)

Yaesu FT-1000D HF 160m-10m

Yaesu FT-736 VHF/UHF

Palstar HF-Auto Tuner

Palstar DL150HP Dummy Load

Palstar DL2.5KHP

My first Amateur Radio HF Transceiver - Yaesu FT-101B (Not in my station's picture above but I still have it.)

Astatic D-104 "The Classic Microphone!" (also not in my station picture but I have it as well).  When using this microphone years ago people used to refer to it as "choking the chicken."

10m Clear Channel Ranger AR3500 100w mobile (not pictured).  When the propagation was great in the mid/late 80's going around the world on 10m mobile was a breeze!


My first 2 meter radio (not pictured) I still can't part with it!


My first radio (Cititzens Band) the Cobra 135.  Unfortunately it was stolen from my apartment when I was in college... Very sad about that as I loved this transciever!  It was not only a well built radio, but it was my introduction to being a radio operator at a young age and that eventually led me to getting my ham radio license!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - AE5GG
Latest Contacts for AE5GG at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KA5QQA 2017-03-19 60m USB EL29jo United States ROBIN M BAYER
HA7GN 2017-03-19 20m USB JN97mi Hungary GABOR NAGY
EA5IDQ 2017-03-19 20m USB IM98qc Spain Jose Antonio Senent
6E3MAYA 2017-03-19 20m USB Mexico Equinoccio Maya / Mayan Equinox
OK2RZ 2017-03-19 20m USB JN99bs Czech Republic JIRI KRAL
WB5WPA 2017-03-19 60m USB EM13qc United States JAMES V POLL
KE5Q 2017-03-19 60m USB EM13qa United States JAMES D WELLS
N5CH 2017-03-19 60m USB EM05eh United States LONNIE R RISENHOOVER
WB5WPA 2017-03-19 60m USB EM13qc United States JAMES V POLL
KE5Q 2017-03-19 60m USB EM13qa United States JAMES D WELLS
5U5R 2017-03-19 17m USB JK13am Niger Niger 2017 Dxpedition by Tifariti Gang
KG5RMH 2017-03-19 70cm FM EM13ld United States Chris Bailey
KG5RMH 2017-03-19 20m USB EM13ld United States Chris Bailey
UA1CLR 2017-03-19 20m USB KO48ws Russia Gennady A. Prozetskij
FG5GP 2017-03-11 20m USB FK96ef Guadeloupe ALAIN ROBERT

Book Totals: 514 qso's   218 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#1300
Granted: 2016-07-19 19:32:45   (AE5GG)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#12138
Granted: 2016-03-05 08:45:10   (AE5GG)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#10776
Granted: 2016-02-27 17:37:13   (AE5GG)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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