Greetings, friend and fellow radio enthusiast! Nice to meet you!
My QTH: I live in North Pole, which is located in the central part of Alaska, and not far from the home of Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas) and the spirit of giving. I am 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of the city of Fairbanks. This is the land of the midnight sun during the summer, and the land of the frozen chosen during the long, dark and cold winter. But, as a winter benefit, the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) frequently light up our night sky. I'm typically under the "auroral oval" which often ruins our HF propagation....but I'd say it's worth it. They are very beautiful and quite amazing! (The higher latitudes close to the poles are impacted more by geomagnetic disturbances. The solar winds that help to create the auroras also disrupt our signals.)
QSL via the buro or direct with self-addressed envelope plus $2 (or US international air mail stamp.) USA: Please send SASE or via bureau.) I collect stamps and currencies, so yours is most welcome and appreciated. (Similar value substitutes of stamps or currency/money are welcome to be substituted instead of the $2.)
I began converting my paper log to the computer and LoTW on Jan 2, 2017. I so far have loaded all from 11/2005 to the present, and am adding older logs as time allows.
My friend, Gene Eaton, AL7HX became a Silent Key in March 2013. I now have his logs and manage his QSL requests.
Radio shack information: Drake TR-7 transceiver, RV-75 Synthesized VFO, SP-75 speech processor, Drake Astatic mic, Heathkit HA-10 Warrior (4 x 811A) amplifier, HyGain 204BA 4-element 20M yagi at 40 ft (12 m) height, and a roof-mounted Butternut HF6V vertical ground plane primarily used on 17, 30, 40 & 80M, and wire dipole for 75M. I also have a Ten-Tec Corsair I use ocasionally, as well as a Kenwood TS-520, which was my first rig back in the 1980s.
Home-brew gear: Several qrp transmitters (20M Universal QRP, 30M G-QRP/Sprat Oner, two 6F6/6V6/6L6 simple single-tube,) two basic transmatches (one 150W, one QRO,) my station antenna switch box, beverage/lowfer toroidal impedance match box, short mobile antenna capacitance match box, as well as a number of wire antennas.
I was team member for the K3J DXpedition to Johnston Island (KH3) in 2001. I twice activated Shemya Island (IOTA NA-37) in the Aleutian Islands in 1997 and 1999 using KL7FBI. I was team member for KL7RA CQWW phone multi-multi record effort in 1990, that stood until 2001.
I became a Ham in 1984 as KA5TSD, after being exposed to amateur radio while stationed in Osan, Korea and becoming a volunteer phone patch operator for the Military Affiliate Radio System. I enjoy HF phone DXing, ragchewing, the occasional homebrew construction project, and collecting QSL cards. I also enjoy working with antennas. I've done or been involved with over twenty tower and antenna projects, not counting all the military antenna installs during my time with Combat Communications when I built numerous 500-foot long wire antennas (AFW0NXX terminated log wire, and vertical half rhombics.)
I used to despise contests for monopolizing and ruining the band when I was trying to keep schedules with friends, but I now appreciate them for what they are. You now may find me mining them for DX and giving out Alaska multipliers, and maybe even participating, occasionally. I typically operate phone, but lately I've been getting back on CW again after many years of little or no use. At this point, my speed is very slow.
I've become a paper-chaser, and found that having operating goals has helped spark more interest in working many people in places that had become routine. I'm working toward 5-band DX Century Club (>270 worked, 250 confirmed,) Islands On The Air (>330 contacted, >230 confirmed,) Worked All Zones, Prefixes and a couple dozen other awards of interest such as the Antarctic Bases, Israeli, TransCanada, Russian Oblast, and Japan prefectures awards. I have completed Millenium DXCC, IOTA 2000, WAZ on 20M and qualify for many others. Thanks to everyone who's been part of the fun!
Most importantly, I'm a believer in the Most High God, the creator of the universe, and His son, Jesus! Through His free gift, He saved me and set me free from the old attitudes and behaviors I had known, so I now have a much, much, much better life! I love God, and believe that He is deserving of all of my praise and worship! I have come to realize that I was made for Him, and my best purpose is to worship and serve Him. I serve as music minister & worship leader for the past two decades. (See videos below.)
I'm married to my loving wife Terri since 1980. We have the best daughter we could ever imagine, a real blessing from God, Stephanie. I completed a career in the Air Force in 1999, working first as a computer operator (when a computer main-frame took up a large room and had no integrated circuits!) then became a ground radio maintenance technician (304X4/2E1X3.) Originally a "Buckeye" from Belmont, Ohio, I left in 1979 when I joined the Air Force.
I was drawn to Alaska by the amazing mountain view I experienced during an airport stop while enroute to Korea a few years later. That seed was later watered by meeting friend Ed, KL7HRN, who constantly talked about "the Great Land" during our electronics training in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1984. After an invite to come visit while stationed in Oklahoma City (hanging out with friends K5UOS and WA5U,) I visited Ed in Alaska and was quickly hooked by the breathtaking scenery and refreshing difference in attitude. We transferred to Eielson Air Force Base Communications (near North Pole) in 1987, where I learned about HF pileups, then later to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage in 1991. There I was assigned to the 381st Intelligence Squadron (previously the 6981st Electronic Security Group.) I was fortunate to remain in Alaska until I finished in 1999 as a Master Sergeant (E-7.) After transitioning from the military, I worked as a surveillance technician, monitoring a network of long distance and local telephone switches, fiber-optic transport, and satellite earth stations for GCI, an Alaskan telecomm company. In February of 2002, I transferred back north to Fairbanks, where I now work as a central office network technician, working on some of the same as mentioned above. I typically do circuit and telephone switch provisioning, troubleshooting and restoral, and equipment maintenance. We moved from Eagle River back to North Pole in May of 2002, and moved into our home in late December 2003.
Other interests: Leading worship with guitar, playing and listening to praise and worship music such as Hillsongs, Kent Henry, Robert Gay, Darrell Evans, Kate Miner and Vineyard; watching good movies, motorcycling on my Honda Valkyrie Tourer F6, bicycling, '60's and '70's Mopars, Nordic and Alpine skiing, martial arts (Poekoelan Tjimindie/Silat, Escrima,) stamp collecting, and photography.
God Bless and 73,
**** 9/8/16 QSL backlog update: I have sent out all of the direct cards. I still have hundreds of buro cards awaiting processing. My apologies for the long wait. My goal is to get caught up this winter.
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