Amateur Station Operator K5EAN / Ex KF5GKO
Greetings all! And thanks for visiting me on QRZ.com! I am a very active operator based in Dallas, Texas, USA. I have been messing with radios and electronics since I was roughly 10 years old. I am close to 36 now.... I worked alot of 11 meter stuff before getting my license. I know, I know, but I did learn alot, and had fun making all kinds of international contacts in those days! I recently obtained my first license, and soon upgraded to General. I enjoy working HF, both SSB QRP and Digital QRP, 6 Meters, 2 Meter SSB, and the amateur satellites. Back when this current cycle was in better shape, I really enjoyed working 10 meter FM from the car via a Yaesu FT-8900R and a Comet Quad Band UHV-4antenna. Other activities include homebrewing as space and time allows. I also like to go on a good transmitter hunt.
You can catch me working JT65 on HF, normally either 40 or 20, and PSK-31 on 20/17 Meters. I sometimes run QRP Digital with my Yaesu FT-817 and a random length wire tossed in a tree while at a local park with amazing results! I use a BLT Antenna Tuner that I recently built. I have been venturing onto 80, 40, 30, 20 meters, as well as the higher HF Bands here lately, since I finally moved into a house with enough real estate to put up a few antennas. I used to run a 40 meter Delta Loop and that had to be the best HF antenna I have ever used that I have built myself. I really miss it, however, it was yanked down by an ice storm.
On the satellites, I used to frequent AO-51, SO-50, AO-27 and HO-68. I run 5 watts with an Arrow Antenna on my Yaesu FT-817. This has been a really great setup of equipment for working the birds. My GRID is EM12. I also work the birds mobile, with a small degree of success. I sometimes post videos of me working the birds on YouTube.
I bought a nice Yaesu FT-847 with good intentions on working the transponder birds, but have yet to get a good antenna in the air. I used a pair of "Egg Beaters" with small success, but I'd like to have some good yagis in the air. There are now some good birds up there, perhaps I need to look back into that...
I have been venturing onto DStar, and built a small RaspBerry Pi setup for access to the reflectors. I use my hotspot mobile, via the WiFi connectivity on my cellular phone service.
Here's my hotspot for Dstar:
Workwise, I am production foreman of the electronics production department of a small company located in Plano, Texas. We build a variety of custom ignition and pilot systems for the oil refining and energy exploration industries. I have the best job ever, as I get to draw circuit boards, write PIC (microcontroller) software, play with CNC machining, and of course assembling and troubleshooting final products and customer repairs. I have really taken off into the CNC repair / troubleshooting side. We have 10 CNC (some as old as me!) machines that I have done various upgrades on, such as 4th axis installations. I sometimes get to go out in the field for troubleshooting of refinery equipment. It has been a fun time for my 12 years with this company.
My Station consists of the following equipment:
Yaesu FT-817 for portable QRP HF and Satellite work
Yaesu FT-890 (Oldie but Goodie!) HF Transceiver
Yaesu FT-950 HF Transceiver
Yaesu FT-847 HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Full Duplex Transceiver
Yaesu SCU-17 Sound Card Interface
Yaesu MD-100 Desktop Microphone
Icom ID-5100, for Local VHF/UHF Work, plus DStar
Kenwood TR-751A 2 Meter All Mode, for SSB
Ten Tec Argonaut V QRP HF Transceiver
Heathkit HW-8 CW QRP Transceiver
Heathkit HW-7-1 Power Supply
Oak Hills Research QRP Meter
LDG AT-600Pro Antenna Tuner
Yaesu SCU-17 Sound Card Interface
MFJ-4245MV Switching Power Supply
75 Amp Switch Mode Power Supply
Mirage B2518G Amp for 2 Meters FM
Mirage B-310-G on 2 M SSB
Ameritron AL-811 HF Amplifier
Bencher CW Paddle
Eico DC-718 Communications Receiver (late 60's transistor, fully restored)
Royce 639 11 Meter AM/SSB Rig (for nostalgia purposes)
Desktop 1 / Windows 10 / Digipan / MMSSTV / JT65HF
Desktop 2 / Apple Mac Mini / 2.3GHz / 16GB Ram / Several TB's of Storage
80/40 Meter Dipole, Cushcraft R-8 Vertical 40-6 Meters, Antron 99 for 10/11 Meters, Dual Band (2M / 440) Vertical,
5 Element / 7 Element Vertical Beam (2M / 440), Cuscraft 124WB 4 Element 2M Beam on Horizontal Side for SSB
Rig Blaster Plug and Play USB
12AH Gel Cell (Solar Charged at home)
Hendricks BLT+ Antenna Tuner
Random Wire Antenna
Arrow Satellite Antenna
I own about 6 different HT's, my Icom ID-51A being my favorite BTW!
I have some QSL Cards, I just need to find them. If you have sent one, I promise to have one back to you soon.
Other interests include music production, anything Apple / Mac, mountain biking, and travelling to name a few.
Other fun pictures:
Working Satellites from my old Apartment Parking Garage QTH in Downtown Dallas
Visited the Philippine Amatur Radio Association in Manila, Philippines, 2015
Current 11 Element 2M Beam Restoration Project
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