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I have been an amateur radio operator since 1962, age 14. Like many of you I have had a number of interests over the years.  I have an long standing interest interested in satellites and I am the AMSAT Coordinator for Georgia.  Good thing as satellites do not depend on sunspots for propagation!  I have two current satellite projects: building a receive capability for HamTV and for portable use a pair of cross polarized Yagis made from Harbor Freight tape measures using a KI4SBL portable rotator - everything runs off of 12 VDC.  Uplink and downlink chores are handled by a pair of FT-817's.

HF work is handled with a Flex 6700 and Maestro currently using attic antennas or a seventy foot wire vertical with an SDG tuner at the base over 32 ground radials.  Works pretty darn well, especially on FT-8.  The setup on the right uses an Airspy and dedicated computer to continuously monitor AO-85 telemetry and forward it along to the international repository used by Vanderbilt University in their research effort.


Being a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association I did need a rig to handle the "ole time radio" chore.  This is handled by an HQ-170, Johnson Viking Adventurer and Johnson.  All setup when Straight Key Night rolls around.

My Dad was a pilot for Northwest Airlines and the Yaesu clock was purchased in Japan and came home with him after one of his trips.

The first phone rig I ever used was a Heathkit Twoer.  It was a loaner from the Mike and Key Radio Club that in those days met in the basement shack of "Pop" Brown, K7LED.  I had to buy seven of them to get one working unit with no extra holes in the cabinet.  The hardest item to find?  A working Turner microphone.

My other current big interest is 2 meter EME using JT65.  This system is located at the QTH of Bob Lear W4ZST in  Dahlonega, GA, EM84ao.  Seems the HOA could not handle an EME array in the backyard.  If you work me on EME that is why my QSL card will say EM84ao and not EM74vb, my home QTH.  I run a pair of M2 2MXP20's with a DEMI Transverter helped along by an M2 2M-1K2 running about 850 watts.


John K4SQC

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