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Hello,                                                                        Jan    2018    update

--------------------------------------------      A  43  year     License  Holder   --------------------------

I have been licensed since 1975  (Novice---WN4AJT  /  WB4AJT  The FCC dropped the "WN" prefix during my novice days).  During the next 4-5 years made my way thru Tech. and Gen. to the Advanced license .    Inactive from late 80's/early 90s/??? till 2011 + -  ; i.e. I missed a couple of sunspot cycles (life and kids will do that to you).  Changed call from WB4AJT to K4ELI in 2011.   As of 7/28/2014 make it EXTRA Class.   VE credentials arrived 11/12/14.       Got WAS certificate early 2015.   Got DXCC August 2015.    Qualified for some more WAS certs, individual bands, and modes,  will submit this year.

Current count is 205 worked,  193 comfirmed-–Jan 2018. 

In 2011 changed call to K4ELI,   a bit shorter for cw (which I am working on--this year's bucket list) and  #1 grandson's name is Elias----I kinda like that.  

I found some good guys in the Silver Comet ARS and now got repeater buddies, breakfast buddies, DX guys, and antenna guys all available to help me along the trail.    

I received the club Elmer of the Year award for 2015

-------THE  real highlight of my ham career -----------


VE Testing-----as of 1-1-2018-----44 sessions,  242 candidates 



 I went thru the usual assortment of rigs,   first HF cw contacts were with a Drake R4A rx and a Heathkit HW60 cw tx.   Swan 350,  Drake B-Line, other stuff I don't remember followed  (I did not document well)  and finally acquired an IC-745 new (83-86??),   it was my daily user till I got one of the last IC-7000s.    From the same generation in the mid ‘80s is a TenTec Corsair/PS.   These two ‘old’ dogs are my field-day radios----120+ contacts on GOTA station in 2015.  

I  added an IC-7000 (spring 2014),  learning it is a work in progress,  I like old-school rigs without menus!      

TenTec Omni VII came on    Jan, 2nd, 2015.  ( It was a 'Congratulations you got your Extra' present to myself )    O-7 is a VERY nice radio.  Added a West Mt. audio filter and that makes both radios much nicer to use.  Also in the mix is a SGC 500 watt cube amp,  still got to get it on line.  (2017--hooked it up---lots of distortion--no go without work)   Got a KA500 Elecraft and antenna tuner for Christmas 2017---That one should work ! ! !

I'm enjoying the Omni 7, it is the SSB/CW rig.  Works really well, and enough knobs/buttons and a short menu.   It’s almost an "Old School" operating radio.  Started running digital late 2016----JT65---FT8--RTTY. PSK is up next.

The last 2M rigs were Azden PCS4000s and IC-2-ATs, until a FT-60 came along in 2011 to see if there was anything going on on 2 & 440.   Followed that with an IC-2820 or 2 and back off to the races with ham radio

Current interests:    Being ELMER to new hams from test sessions,  improving wire antennas--maybe a 160 inverted L,  studying satellites and dual band antennas,  installing a tower/beam,   D-Star,  learning Digital modes, and always stuff in the woodshop.   Using woodshop skills to build new operating desk incorporating O-7, 7000/dig, and for backup, auto  rotor control, setting up Computer dedicated to ham activities, N3FJP suite of pgms, D-RATS, and 2m/440 quagi/quad homebrew antenna experiments.

Antennas thru all this have been wires,  am looking at getting a tower with 6m beam up 40-60 feet in  2016 (well maybe in 2017, well maybe 2018)  and see what life in the 6m  "fast lane" is like.  

Installed  GAP Challenger, on the air 7/26/2014.    GAP Challenger is way better than the wire I had been using.  The wire had one of the pvc  want-a-be “baluns” .  See follow-up below.

 Got a K4KIO Hex Late Sept. 2014,  got it together and installed it (10/23/14 in time for cqww ) on a long-term temp. tower attached to deck.  Antenna is at 22'--7m high and is turned by NIB HD-73 I have had in storage since it was new.   This is due to grow about 12-15' in 2017.       The Hex beam seems to be good for 4-5 S-units on the 7000 "meter" compared to the Gap vert. on weak sigs,   not as much diff on strong sigs.

Balun Designs Baluns and  80-40-20 fan dipoles  back up  and it is MUCH better than the previous dipole with the little white PVC “want-a-be” balun.      OCFD for 90 will go on the tree where K4LDC helped with his slingshot to get rope in tree.   Also have a rope up about 70' in a pine,  will be hanging a inverted-L for 160-80-40 action there.

Observation here is the  PVC balun worked more like a dummy load.  The Balun Designs runs BIG circles around it.

6m---just received 6-elem Innov beam in time for spring/summer 6m activity. It should be up in early May ‘16.  It is currently mounted under the Hex----about 1-2 S-units better than hex.

This year I will start on digging hole, preparing house bracket supports, and installing 50' of 25G for the 6 m beam--it should be much better than the 18' it currently lives at under the hex-beam.

Seems like op time is in bits and pieces  so I have been in the "hunt and peck" mode of quick contacts.   Looking forward to sitting down and having a real QSO with folks as time permits.     I usually try to work the "Special Events Stations" listed on the ARRL web site.  Also, contests and QSO parties as time permits.


I started JT65 Sept 13, 2016  Got #50 for WAS on Nov 4, and 50 confirmed on Nov 8, for all band WAS--LOTW--JT65.

At 49 confirmed for 40m JT65 LOTW,  Wyoming----where are you??????       

Jan  2018 Update---------finally got Wyo for 40m WAS,  Started running FT8 mid summer 2017,  Have a couple of WAS awards qualified there.   I ran the RTTY contest a few days ago,   the first RTTY ever in 43 years of hamdom.



QSLs ---------------------- I will reply to any US cards sent my way---no SASE reqd.    

DX  QSLs ---------------   via the bureau,            OR           SAE + $2-US. 

LOTW----------------------I upload daily.     


I just use LOTW or "real" QSL cards---I like paper cards along with LOTW.

As far as I am concerned E-QSL is useless---don't bother for me.


Have a blessed day,   Steve  K4ELI


Ten-Ten---------------------- Sr Life Member---# 26381

OMISS----------------------- # 9572

YL-ISSB---------------------# 17128


Silver Comet ARS----------Member



Hex Beam    K4KIO-------20--17--15--12--10--6--------------------Alliance HD-73 rotor

Vertical    Gap Challenger--------80 thru 2-----they say--------I'll give it thru 10 ,   6&2 are pretty weak.

wire antennas----80-40-20 fan dippole          2-3 antennas in the plans especially for 160--80--40

Diamond x-50 (2 times),    and a Diamond x-200


Ten Tec Omni 7

IC 7000

TenTec Corsair

SGC 500watt Cube Amp--- --off-line at present

KA500 / KT500  Elecraft Amp and Tuner

FT 60   (3)

UV5RA (2)   it is a long story----grin


IC 2820s  fixed and mobile

PCS4000  Azden    (3)  with tones,  left over from 20+ years ago.


(still working on list of recent contacts---don't have it figured out yet.)

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K4ELI
Latest Contacts for K4ELI at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
SV5DKL 2018-01-18 40M FT8 KM46CK Dodecanese Efstathios Maliakis
KY3N 2018-01-18 40M FT8 EM60SJ22 United States KENNETH L WRIGHT
KB7WHC 2018-01-18 40M FT8 DM22RP United States Charles R Waters
K9CS 2018-01-18 40M FT8 EN60dr United States CARL F SCHROEDER
N9MS 2018-01-18 40M FT8 DM43DJ United States MICHAEL R SAEGER
HA7TM 2018-01-18 40M FT8 JN97kk Hungary Tibor (Tibi) Nemeth
N2CST 2018-01-17 40M FT8 FN03pd United States Wilson G Barnes, III
K1VI 2018-01-17 40M FT8 FN41HV United States Bragg
F4BYA 2018-01-17 40M FT8 JN19PP France Pascal
SP8K 2018-01-17 40M FT8 KO10dk Poland Kornel Gorczyca
N3CRM 2018-01-17 40M FT8 FN10bt United States Charles R Maggi
K8BL 2018-01-17 40M FT8 EN91 United States BOB LIDDY
HA1RB 2018-01-17 40M FT8 JN86KU74 Hungary JANOS BICZO
AA5AZ 2018-01-17 40M FT8 FM05XE United States BOB W HINES, JR.
K1KA 2018-01-17 40M FT8 FN42fv United States David L Mackey

Book Totals: 9583 qso's   5972 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#6618
Granted: 2015-04-04 13:20:02   (K4ELI)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#1569
Granted: 2015-01-25 20:28:17   (K4ELI)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
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