Greetings! Thanks for stopping by the Boundless B Ranch in beautiful Elizabeth, Colorado! We're about 45 miles south-east of Denver on the wide open Colorado plains.
I got my start in ham radio when I got my Tech license in November 2013. I upgraded to General in October 2015 and got my Extra ticket in January of 2016. In April of 2016 I became AE9S, the artist formally known as KD0YCR. I initially got licensed for ground based FPV (first person view) R/C so I could transmit video on 1.2GHz. If you've never heard of FPV R/C, this thread might give you some idea of what I'm talking about -- http://goo.gl/q5nw6A
Since then I've expanded into 2m/70cm FM, D-Star and HF. I could not have made it on HF without the help of my friends AC5S and WB3EVZ - thanks Paul and Terry!
If you're on D-Star be sure to stop by the Parker Radio Association's own XReflector! XRF223 was established in February of 2016 to expand D-Star knowledge and usage around the south Denver metro area and around the world. You can view the status of our reflector on our status page. Right now we've got XRF223B linked to our local 70cm analog FM repeater, W0CFI. XRF223B and W0CFI are also linked to the PRA's own EchoLink node K0PRA-L. Feel free to jump on the the PRA network from EchoLink, D-Star or analog FM and call CQ - we're always looking to make new friends from around the world!
If you want to learn more about how we setup our reflector or want some help doing the same for your club be sure to drop me a line!
Currently the AE9S station consists of:
A Kenwood TS-590SG hooked up to a Hustler 6BTV ground mounted vertical. I'm also using an inverted vee antenna for 75m, and a small dipole for 6m.
I've been absolutely blown away by the performance of my ground-mounted trapped vertical! My Elmers told me the secret was the radial field, so I went all-in with 60 radials using over 5,000' of 14awg solid core copper. This antenna gets better with every inch - I'm thinking about doubling down in the Spring and laying down another 60 radials to help get a few more watts on the air. If you're not happy with your ground-mounted vertical's performance, ADD MORE RADIALS!
A Heil Pro-7 headset. I am completely in love with the out-of-phase feature on these, it makes a voice transmission come alive out of the noise and static! The audio sounds great and they're super comfortable to wear. Worth every penny!
JBL Control 2P Nearfield Studio Monitors, a Pioneer SW-8MK2 powered subwoofer and a Behringer MiniFBQ equalizer. When I'm not wearing the Pro-7 headset I use this setup to listen to received audio. I get a lot of questions and odd reactions to this setup, but to me it's insane to spend thousands on a good HF rig and station only to use third-rate audio equipment at the end.
The JBLs are nearfield studio monitors which present much flatter and cleaner audio than consumer-grade hi-fi speakers. The subwoofer might seem like an odd addition, but a little bit of bass really helps accentuate a weak signal. Additionally, most modern powered subs have the same out-of-phase feature the Pro-7s have, which really makes the audio in the received signal sound much more 'three dimensional'. The 9 band equalizer really helps pump up the mid and high frequencies where most of the information in the human voice is carried.
I'm also honored to be a member of the Parker Radio Association (K0PRA), a great club filled with extremely smart and helpful folks who are patient enough to put up with all my dumb questions! You can learn more about the club at www.parkerradio.org
If you can't find me on the air, feel free to send me an email at KD0YCR@gmail.com (<<-- old callsign, I just kept the email)
(our faithful station engineers)
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