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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 solar powered located in rural Tennessee, in the center 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 north of the small town of Humboldt.

Because of the limitations of my power source,(solar) I don't 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) My underground shack is about 100 yards from my main residence-a 2 story log cabin.

I have a pretty modest station compared to most...My HF rig is an Icom ic7200 .  I have a Yeasu FT100 and FT2D for vhf/uhf. 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, some MT63. All my digital software runs on a raspberry pi running Linux Mate( 5VDC powered computer-very easy on the battry bank!)

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 uhf/vhf 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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