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Hello and thank you for viewing my page. I retired from the USAF in 1992 after a career as a C-130 pilot took me around the world. Pictured here with my crew in Vietnam (second from right).  During those flights, we used HF to communicate with air traffic control. I believe this was the root of my interest in Ham radio and I obtained a technician license in 2005 to partake in emergency communications.

Given limited time and money, I found myself mostly interested in VHF communications at first. My first radio was a Yaesu FT60R, a handy talky I still own today. That led to the purchase of a Yaesu 8900 quad band that I still use in my shack today. I have both the CR8900 antenna for quad band mobile, and have constructed a nice copper J-pole that nicely covers both VHF and UHF bands. Lately I’ve used the satellite dish antenna described in the March 2016 QST to get around some CC&R restrictions here.

My son (K7RTS) got his Technician license this Spring and then two weeks later, successfully tested for his General license. Not to be outdone, I successfully tested for the General license in May 2016 and have been enjoying HF voice and data communications on an ICOM-718 connected to an end-fed, QSO King 133 ft. wire antenna that is draped over my roof (again because of CC&R restrictions). I use the Signalink USB for a sound card connected to my Windows 10 PC and HRDeluxe software for data communications on 10-160m.  Also added an AL-811H amp to push thru those pesky pileups, when needed.  I have since added a Yeasu FT450D to the shack connected to a 59 ft end fed antenna also draped over the house.  Am now able to run JT65 on both units.


Besides data on JT65 and some PSK31, I’ve really enjoyed voice on several of the West Coast nets and have a few East Coast QSOs as well. Probably the most excitement recently was a voice QSO with Jon in Lithuania from my QTH here in Kennewick, WA on 20 meters one night and a JT65 QSO with Erwin in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Ho Hum for the experienced Ham, but made me feel the $$$$ invested in the equipment was well worth it.

Another recent highlight occurred at our family reunion. I took the equipment mobile and set up a field operation out of my 5th wheel trailer. We hung a 55 ft. end fed wire over an alder tree and connected it to a 9:1 unun. The antenna tuned to most of the bands, and we were able to provide a Ham radio demo to the kids attending the reunion.  

A couple of them really showed interest. And we used several handy talkies on a FRS frequency to facilitate a game of Clue that spanned most of the 5 acre facility. Good fun.

I upload to eQSL and LOTW daily.


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United States Award#2703
Granted: 2016-12-17 21:48:02   (K7FTQ)

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World Continents Award#15353
Granted: 2016-09-26 03:25:32   (K7FTQ)

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Grid Squared Award#13891
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United States Counties Award#4687
Granted: 2016-09-21 15:31:46   (K7FTQ)

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