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Finally decided to get into ham radio after years of just listening on

my old Kenwwod R-5000. 


Took and passed my Technicians test in May of 2016,  went for

and obtained the General class in June and finally, went one more

time to take my, as it says is the ARRL study guide,

“the last test I will ever have to take” pertaining to

ham radio and, got my Extra class license in Aug of 2016.

Obtained vanity call sign K7VNE which replaced my original KI7EKB on 9-7-16


My only regret is that I waited so many years to get into the

hobby. I thoroughly enjoy everything about the experience.

Cannot believe how much I have learned since I began but, I

also see how much I still have to learn. Like a seasoned "hammer" recently

told me, if you're not learning something new on a regular basis, you're

just not trying.


Beings that my only radio prior to Apr 2017 ws a Yaesu 857D with a

“no tuner needed” end fed half wave wire antenna (which in reality

was tuned for none of them), I then had to purchase an LDG 100

Pro II tuner which meant that I was finally able to use the 857D.  

I now see that with this bare bones equipment,  I have many

possibilities for future upgrades but, I guess we all had to start

somewhere.   I also recently upgraded the EFHW to an Alpha-Delta

DX-CC inverted V which seems to have helped quite a bit and upgraded

the rig to an Icom IC-7300 which is a big improvment over

the 857D.  Plan on adding a vertical antenna on the near future.


Hope to qso with you when the bands cooperate




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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K7VNE
Latest Contacts for K7VNE at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W9IMS 2017-05-27 20m SSB EM69wt United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club
W3PV 2017-05-27 17m SSB EL96WM99 United States Ronald E Maples
W6WQA 2017-05-26 10m SSB DM03ut United States CHARLES T WATKINS
WS9V 2017-05-25 6m SSB EM59dl United States James J Riba
W6KBX 2017-05-25 6m SSB CM98jq United States DON S KONDOLEON
K4SAK 2017-05-25 6m SSB DM09cl United States David E Feher
W6CF 2017-05-25 6m SSB CM87uu United States California Historical Radio Society
K6MYC 2017-05-25 6m SSB DM07db United States MICHAEL B STAAL
N6MM 2017-05-25 6m SSB CM87xm United States Joseph A Colouch
K5CEU 2017-05-25 10m SSB EM45hn United States Trocky H Ibert
WA7NWL 2017-05-24 6m SSB DM43dg United States JOHN S JOLLY
K7YDL 2017-05-24 6m SSB CN85mj United States GREGORY M LAHAIE
KI7BWH 2017-05-24 10m SSB DN54KM81 United States Frank Cihak
KA5PNX 2017-05-24 15m SSB EN10su United States MICHAEL L DARK
KB9EYN 2017-05-24 15m SSB EM59es United States JACK H LOYD

Book Totals: 1372 qso's   767 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#2790
Granted: 2017-01-18 00:30:34   (K7VNE)

United States Counties Award#5777
Granted: 2017-01-17 11:23:34   (K7VNE)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#14736
Granted: 2016-12-22 18:12:35   (K7VNE)

World Continents Award#16139
Granted: 2016-12-21 23:56:02   (K7VNE)

  • 30 Meters Mixed
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