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Hello to all:

NO the SOL doesn't mean S*** OUT OF LUCK!!!!

(well-not always anyway)

I am 67 years old and currently retired (and hope to be able to stay that way!) I stay busy raising goats, chickens and guineas on my 27 acre farm

My station is a solar powered amateur station in rural Tennessee, located in the middle of Gibson County (EM55), 140 miles southwest of Nashville and 100 miles northeast of Memphis. I am 23 miles north of Jackson and Interstate 40, Just nort of the small town of Humboldt.

Because of the limitations of my power source,(solar) I can not run an amplifier. Pulls too much amperage!

My station is located in an underground storm shelter which I have converted into a "man-cave" with carpet, TV/DVD, Wi-Fi, couch, chair and double bed- all the comforts of home- underground, where I can work the bands, surf the web or watch a movie or just relax. It started out as just someplace to go during the tornadoes we have here (so often, it seems) , but I got a little caried away (pictures below)

I have a pretty modest station compared to most...My HF rig is an Icom ic7200 . I use the heil icm desk mic on the icom but also have a Heil ProSet plus mic/headphones as well, What I really like about the 7200 is that all I need to run digital modes is a single USB cable between the radio and the computer-NO CLUNKY INTERFACE BOX! I run mostly olivia,contestia a little hell digital modes and wspr beacon qrp. All my digital software runs on a raspberry pi running Linux Mate

My antennas are a homebrew wideband hex beam for 17,15,12,10 and 6 meters,which is currently on a little 25 foot  push up pole and a big 250 foot (76 meter) dipole running from atop my modest 40  foot (12 meter) tower to some trees at the bottom of the hill . I use the diople for 20 meters and below and most of my digital work. I have plans to build a 20 or 30 meter magnetic loop.

I have a 2 meter vertical mounted on  the tower.  I also run a full time solar powered APRS Igate, k4sol-10 on 144.390

My callsign- K4SOL- represents the fact that my station is solar powered, A lot of folks get a chuckle out of the callsign, because they think of "S*** out of luck"-- but its one they remember!

I work the 20, 15, 17, 12, 10 and 6meter bands ssb whenever I can find them open, I run digital olivia and contesta format on all bands 30 meters and up (usually on 20 meters 14.074 or 14.107 wide modes)  . I do work 40 and 80, but not often. I don't do  contesting but I enjoy a good 'ragchew" session.

When 10 and 12 are open, you'll find me up there. Its seems to be a long dry spell for 10 and 12 meters  but I enjoy them when I can!

My previous calls were: KB4ITO and KE4FGR.

Anytime you hear old "s*** out of luck" on the air-give me a shout!



Here are some pictures I have taken,some locally some from western US, Canada and Alaska (my other hobby is photography!)



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