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Greetings,

Your paper QSL gets mine. (The new cards are here! Pic is upper right and its original photography. I particulary like it because any other butterfly shots I have taken or seen all are from the up looking down angle. I was thrilled when I saw how this one came out. ) No SASE needed and if you would like one if we spoke or you are a Short wave listener I am glad to do it. Just drop me and email/send me yours if you didn't ask me on air.

I also believe I have the electronic ones auto uploaded when we finish our QSO and will TRY my best to upload LOTW daily. If you need QRZ, Eqsl, HRDlog or LOTW and do not see the first three after we complete our QSO and LOTW within a couple of days feel free to drop me an email.

 

I started in this fine hobby Aug 2016 and was first on the air 8/27/2016. Got my Tech and General the same day and my Extra March 2017. I started as KC1GCG and got my vanity number K1JRF on 10/1/2016. Life long goal checked off the list! In my first week I  heard A LOT and logged contacts with 5 US states as well as Brazil and France! I was  hooked! In my first 6 months with that set up I put all 50 states in my log book and 63 countries! Never did I think I could have such fun with a 30+ year old rig running barefoot and a piece of wire!

My favorite activity so far seems to be finding a clear frequency and barking some Cq's! Usually I start around 14.250 and move up or down (though not so much up as that gets into the !4.270-14.280 area.)

If 20 is not so happy I'll give 40M a shot - either in the 7.190 area if there is DX or somewhere around 7.240 for US contacts. Also enjoy 10,15 and 17 when they are open and have also been enjoying  PSK. So feel free to check down the bottom of this page where it will say ON The Air and list what freq I am on.  Find the HRDlog of my recent contacts on the bottom of this page and in the upper left of its box near the search query and if I am on the air it will tell you where to fine me. 

 

I love old equipment of any kind but also love new tech so its a balance.

 

This was my first rig, Yaseu 101ZD. Found it on CL from a young man heading to college for his EE and he needed the money. That hit home as I sold off my 30+ item collection of Hallicrafters while I was in college for food and book money$$$

I had studied a lot of antenna options and was going to build a multi band fan dipole but the day I put the 101ZD in my trunk I had to head directly to HRO and get on the air! So, at the advice or the HRO guy, I purchased....... wait for it..... a G5RV! Little did I know how well I would do with the antenna or how a simple piece of wire could evoke so much emotion from complete strangers! I've had dummies send me emails telling me what a POS the antenna is but they took the time to spell it out! Strange thing .. I'd never send someone an unsolicited email laced with obscenities but I guess our hobby is like the real world... all kinds! For the G5RV haters.... I have two words for you to research..... nulls and lobes. Once you understand them on a G5 you will understand much more than you did when you sent that stupid email! It can "work" in many configurations but its best as a flat top. Some older articles you will find say its good as an inverted V but some recent modelling has shown that turns it into a cloud burner, which is fine if you want it for local contacts.

 

I went on a spending binge March 2017 and upgraded the shack. I started with an Icom 7300 and love it! Still learning it but it is amazing.

I also picked up a sweet Heathkit SB-1000 and it is now up and running. First audio reports are that I do not sound like I am running an amp so very happy with that!  I WILL use the Standby switch first most of the time hihi Promise.

I did score, at the May 2017  Nearfest, a little beat up (on the outside only- inside looks sweet) MFJ Versa Tuner V - a 3 KW Series - Roller Inductor. Also upgraded all the coax to Rg8/u. . See below for antenna farm info and a pictorial on the bottom of the page.

 

Yes..... I know one should spend money FIRST on antenna's before POWER but but but............ before you send me obscene emails................. I am going to be downsizing the homestead within the year so I'm doing it backwards. I do have a 2 element 20 Meter I am building and that will be all that I'll be  putting up at this QTH except for some more wires.

With my spending spree I also added an Ameritron 8 position remote switch that I am having a blast with.

So far I have a 1/2 wave 80 meter dipole at about 15 ft for NVIS operation and its doing the job I expected.

Position 2 is the End Fed that is about 45 ft up NE to SW and it does a great job filling in the nulls from my G5RV and more.

Position 3 is the tried and trusted G5RV the runs NW/SE from a tree in my front yard to one in my back. About 55 ft up.

Position 4 is an experiment that I think I'll make permanent with a 1/2 wave 40 meter dipole sloping towards europe. About SW to NE oriented at about 50 ft on the SW end down to about 35ft on the NE end. Seems to have some directionallity towards Europe and also some nicer rejection of signals to the west. I expect to play around some more with sloping dipoles.

Position 5 is a new homebrewed 5/8 vertical wire with elevated radials that I just got up and am starting to REALLY like for DX. The top of the 12 ga wire is hanging from a branch on a maple tree about 55 ft up. Overall wire length is about 42 ft. I used 4 elevated radial as I am moving from this QTH and did not want to put metal into the ground. Also from multiple sources it appears that 1/4 wave elevated radials are just as good as a ton of metal in the ground for the 5/8 configuration. Email or catch me online for details. Almost always this antenna beats all the horizontal wires I have when the station is at least 1000 miles away.

Position 6 is a CB 11 meter vertical that seems to do a  good job on 10M if that band would be open more!

Position 7 is a home brewed 6 meter half wave that I put up with bubble gum and duct tape (ok actually has Gorilla tape - what stuff is amazing!) using some angle aluminum from Lowes used for roofing flashing. I was hoping to get some 6 meter work done for the 2017/2018 winter solstice but its been pretty quite. We'll see if it survives the winter and if so I'll try it for the 2018 summer activity.

I added a 574 FT +/- Skywire loop Dec 2017 and as I write this 2 days later I am thrilled with it. See pic below for my basic layout for my wire antenna farm. Fun fun.

"The Farm".... more or less!

Also, in the pics down below, in case you are wondering, is my Heathkit GR-81 Shortwave that was my first Heathkit sometime around my 10th year on the planet. (about 5 decades ago!)  I had noted previously here that I needed to resolder it due to my youth when I made it but that was just an assumption. I looked close at it the other day and damn I was a good solderer even at that young age:)

Throughout my teens I collected a little collection of Halicrafters - number was 32 as memory serves me. I used to ride my bike to the dump (remember dumps?) and probably got half of them that way and the rest came from neighbors and folks my Dad knew. He would brag about what an electronics whiz his son was and the donations were amazing. Tube testers, Multimeters, Scopes etc. People were pretty cool to do that. Sold them all in college as I said  so now its time to ressurect the fun! You'll see an S-40B, as my start, above my PC monitor.

Also you will see , Egads, a CB! Did that in my early teens and this SBE-Console 2 was my first big purchase on the planet from money I made selling dump refurbs and doing TV repairs around the neighborhood. It needs a recap and the channel switch replaced along with some cosmetics. Dad also scored a 40 ft crank up tower way back then and I did some nice DX with 5 watts back in the day. Unfortunately I never made the switch from CB to Ham in my teens - discovered girls and rock and roll and the rest is history!

Nowadays I usually call CQ on 14.266 (+ or -)  Friday late  mornings and early afternoons and other times during the week. I also call CQ on 40M (+ or -) some evenings. Phone and PSK are it for now but hoping to try more modes soon. I am on Monday nights 8:00  PM EDT on 3.840 with some friends and we love to answer questions and/or help folks with problems. pls join us. If you want to set up a QSO pls send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best regards

73's

 

 

Below is my log info. There is a scroll button on the right of the log that you can use to also see the world map of my QSO's.

If you want something like this  to display on your QRZ.com page you need Ham Radio Deluxe and a free account with hrdlog.net as well as a subscitpion to qrz.com

There are instructions on the HRDlog.net site on how to do this but if you need some help feel free to drop me an email Or use the info on the upper left and see if you can find me on the air!

If you are looking to see if I am on the air wait about 30 seconds for this page to update. It will appear right about where you can enter your call sign to search my log on the upper left below.

NOTE: it always displays LSB for some reason. Pls disregard that until I figure the problem out... I am on the appropriate mode for the frequnecy.

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