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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 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.


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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K7FTQ
Latest Contacts for K7FTQ at QRZ.com
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N6BO 2017-05-26 20m JT65 CM87 United States Charles Hein
ES1QV 2017-05-26 20m JT65 KO29 Estonia Arvo Saluri
VA5LD 2017-05-25 20m JT65 DO62 Canada Lawrence Dobranski
N7JX 2017-05-25 20m JT65 DM09 United States THOMAS LINK
WB8FVB 2017-05-25 20m JT65 EL28 United States Rick Gangluff
WA6IOF 2017-05-24 20m JT65 DM04 United States Anthony Mollica
N6CME 2017-05-24 20m JT65 CM87 United States Charles Eilhardt
N2OW 2017-05-23 40m JT65 DN40 United States Ryan Simpkins
WA0IDK 2017-05-21 20m JT65 EN35 United States James Karpinski
K6VNG 2017-05-21 20m JT65 EM12 United States James Degen
KI4KPO 2017-05-21 20m JT65 EM37 United States Mitchell Ross
AI6SM 2017-05-20 20m JT65 CM97 United States STEVEN MCPHERSON
NA6AF 2017-05-20 20m JT65 DM42 United States Bob Klug
K6BS 2017-05-20 40m JT65 DM13 United States Harlan Rogers
W0NS 2017-05-19 20m JT65 DM59 United States Charles Lear

Book Totals: 1456 qso's   1174 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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

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

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20M Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13891
Granted: 2016-09-21 15:31:48   (K7FTQ)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#4687
Granted: 2016-09-21 15:31:46   (K7FTQ)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
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