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I was first licensed as a Novice in 1959 as KN7RMJ. Unfortunately, I let the license expire when I discovered chasing girls was more fun than chasing DX. In 1971, after a 3 year hitch with the US Army, I was licensed as a novice again as WN7TCJ and three months later my call was WA7TCJ when I upgraded to Advanced. In 1976 I applied for and was re-issued K7RMJ and in 1998 upgraded to Extra.

This is a QRP transmitter. Output is about 350 mw. It started life as the modern version of the Tuna-Tin-II and after a little tweaking I call it the CatsCan-3.








The only modification to the original circuit was to add a keying transistor. It puts out 1/3 of a watt and it has worked over 1000 miles into central Florida.

Thanks to my good friend David, N5MNO, I recently discovered the Century Club Net and have begun the road to WAS and the multitude of other awards offered by the Century Club. If I have worked you on the net and you have NOT received a QSL card from me, please let me know and I will get one out you ASAP. I am new on the net and discovered that I am VERY capable of making mistakes. http://www.3905ccn.com/

Another part of Ham Radio that I have enjoyed over the years is building and operating QRP equipment. All my QRP equipment is Home Brew, except for one of my antennas, a Mosley M-33-A beam that is currently under construction.

My lil buddy Squeaky the cat (now a silent meow) helped build this. She cleaned out the chassis of the CatsCan-3for me and provided expert advice.




Here is a home brew receiver in progress. The basic receiver is a 160 Meter superhet with a 2-band converter on the lower left circuit board. All the circuits are Doug Demaw designs and most circuit boards are from Fair Circuits. The converter circuit board on the bottom left of the picture is on a Fair Circuits circuit board and the one on the right is Manhatten Island construction.


I built two of the converters and stuffed them into Altoid cans. They both work great. The one on the right is Manhatten Island construction for 40 meters and the other is dead-bug construction for 80 meters.

My favorite mode is CW. I love building QRP gear and building antennas. Member of the W9ABG Antenna Builders Guild. Check out our Antenna Builders Guild Yahoo group. There are some great DIY antennas described there.

I am an associate member, past Vice President, past director and past full member of the Egyptian Radio Club based in Granite City, IL. It is called the Egyptian Radio Club because when first formed all the members were from an area of Illinois called "Little Egypt". The club is the second oldest continuously operating club in the USA. It was first formed in November of 1929.

My HF station is back on the air now in Arkansas. I had to harness a few of Mother Nature's towers (trees) in the back yard to install an 80, 40, and 20 meter OCF dipole. It is up about 55 feet. 

The OCF Dipole was great for 80 and 40 and okay on 20 but nothing else. So, that started the new antenna project. The new Mosley Mini-33A is now installed on a rooftop tower by Glenn Martin Towers.

Here is a picture of the tower with rotor and thrust bearing after it was installed on the roof. It is solid up there mounted on a 2X10 wood platform that is bolted to the rafters in the attic.

Next we installed the antenna and mast and bolted it all together.

We made adjustments to the coax cable to prevent it from catching on the thrust bearing bolts when it turns. The final installation looks like this:


I am very impressed at how well this little beam works. It covers all of 15 and 20 meters and 28 MHz to 29.5 MHz of 10 meters all with 1.8 to 1 or less SWR. You can see from the trees around the house why I chose to get the small profile beam and put it on the roof. That saved $6,000 in tree removal expenses that would have been required to plant a tower in the yard with my old Mosley TA-33 SR.

We moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in January 2016 then retired in March 2016. That completed 47 years in the Telephone industry. It has been quite a ride. I started in November, 1969 as a communications technician for AT&T Long Lines in Phoenix, AZ. After 25 years with AT&T I set out on my own and discovered there is life after AT&T. It has been a wonderful career and I owe most of it to Ham Radio.

Life is great in the Village !

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