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My friends call me Grady.

My station consist of a Kenwood TS-2000, a Flex 1500, a Ten Tec Argonaut IV and a K3s/P3.  I enjoy Phone, digital and CW modes, but my favorite is CW.  I started learning CW (again) about 2011 and have slowly improved over the years.  I send at about 13 to 15 wpm.   Several hams have helped me along the way so I enjoy QSOs with  hams learning CW.

I became a ham about 2009, but have been interested in radios since I was a child.  My second merit badge in Scouts was the Radio Badge, and had to learn Morse Code (Visual) to get my First Class Rank.  I got my Tech ticket while working in Fredericksburg, Va.  but  didn't buy a HF rig until receiving my Extra Ticket. 

My first antenna was a 20 meter folded dipole, but soon found I perfered dipoles (balanced).  Now all my HF antennas are dipoles except one.  After a friend suggested I try a NVIS antenna a 40 meter folded dipole went and it still in service.  I have been experimenting with Fan Dipoles for about 2 years and my main antenna now is a fan trimmed for 40m/20m/10m.  I plan to remove the 10m part of this antenna in the near future.

Now about CW:

I work from a script.  If I leave the script, my spelling errors increase; a lot.  My wife says I can't send code and think at the same time, and she's probably right.  So please forgive the spelling errors.  I would like to thank KB4BLU, Jim for helping me learn to send CW without a script.  I still make alot of spelling errors, or maybe I don't abbrivate well.  I have been told I have a voice for CW.

I enjoy QRP and recently most contacts are low power.  That's why I bought the K3s.  I stay around 14.060 MHz but as Fall arrives I will visit 7.030 MHz.  I also enjoy the 30 meter band, but I run about 50 watts there.  I visit 15 M and 17 M also, but rerely find anyone to talk to.  I am not in a hurry, I don't "contest"  and I perfer to chat for awhile, so it is okay to ask questions.  I will leave the script.

What I know about the elcetromagnetic spectrum wouldn't fill a thimble, but I do know if you are recieving my QRP signal, and are able to copy me that speaks volumns about your station.  Not my skill or station.  Thank you for your trouble.

I have stopped logging onto  the eqsl website until that site shows a secure login.

I enjoy making new CW contacts, but if we have talked before and you hear me please answer.  One of my coolest CW contacts was a gentleman on 20 meters 22 miles away.  My first contact with him was on 30 meters. 

I keep a paper log, and I log on QRZ, e-qsl and LOtW.  I log a contact if and only if I copy  your Call, Name, QTH and signal report, and feel reasonably certain you were able to copy all of my information.  Sometimes bacause of QSB, QRM or QRN that information is not copied, so the contact is not logged. 

My SKCC No. 13189      My NAQCC No. 8638  .  I won't send these Nos. if you don't ask.  I DO NOT CONTEST.

I respond to all QSL cards.  No SASE is necessary. 

 

72  ,  73

AJ4YA  Grady

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