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I received my Novice license in 1979 at the age of 15 and was issued the call sign KA8HLX. I upgraded to General shortly thereafter but retained my novice call sign. My first rig was a Heathkit HW-8 that I built myself and I was limited to QRP CW exclusively in those early years. After starting college in 1982 I operated very sporadically over the next couple of years until I went totally QRT in March 1984. College, then career, and then family commitments kept me away from the hobby. However, I kept my license up to date and after 30+ years I'm back on the air! I passed the Extra Class exam in January 2015 and subsequently changed my call to AK5SD.


I upload to Logbook of the World (LoTW) regularly. I'm also happy to send out a paper QSL card upon request or if you send me your card and a SASE. My QRZ picture shows the front of my QSL card. The artwork was done by Jeff, K1NSS, over at www.dashtoons.com. If you'd like your own custom QSL design, give him a shout.

Summits on the Air (SOTA)

On February 28, 2015 I had a chance QSO with a station calling "CQ for Summits on the Air". That station was being operated by Patrick, KI4SVM, and I responded to his CQ to find out what he was doing operating from a mountaintop. SOTA is a organization of radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas. There are awards for activators (those who ascend to the summits) and chasers (who either operate from home, a local hilltop or are even Activators on other summits). By the time the QSO was over, I knew I wanted to get involved in SOTA. I love to hike and I enjoy ham radio, so why not put the chocolate and peanut butter together?

I hastily assembled a portable station consisting of an Elecraft KX3 in a custom made go-box and an AlexLoop antenna. I made my first summit activation on May 12, 2015 on my way to the Dayton Hamvention. I've been having great fun with it ever since. My go-box was recently feature on the QRPer blog. You can find a bill of materials there if you want to make one of your own.

KX3 Go-Box

KX3 Go-Box

Activating Mt. Herman with Steve, WG0AT and his goats, Peanut and Boo.

Activating Mt. Herman with WG0AT

Peanut letting me know who the alpha goat is.

Facing off with Peanut

I recently earned the "Shack Sloth" certificate by accumulating 1,000 chaser points. I still have a long way to go before earning the coveted "Mountain Goat" award, but I am working on it!

Shack Sloth 

My Home Station

My current rig at the home QTH is a Kenwood TS-590S driving a multi-band resonant end-fed antenna from the HyEnd Company up about 10 meters. I modified the Kenwood to use a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ as a pan-adapter. My shack computer is a 15" MacBook Pro running MacLoggerDX for logging and spotting, FLDIGI for digital modes, and the Windows software HDSDR (running under Parallels) controlling the FUNcube.

Kenwood TS-590S

Kenwood TS-590S

HyEndFed 5-band 80/40/20/(15)/10m Resonant End-Fed Antenna

HyEndFed 5 Band 80/40/20/(15)/10m Resonant End-Fed Antenna

MacLoggerDX Logging and Spotting Software

HDSDR (used as a pan-adapter)

Other Awards

DXCC Mixed

DXCC Phone

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