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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 in 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 was 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 this was fairly bare bones equipment so, I  recently upgraded to an

Icom IC-7300 which is a big improvment over the 857D.  Then I also added

a Solarcon A99 10m vertical antenna which gave me a S3-4  gain on 10m and

a Palstar AT2K tuner, which was a huge improvement over

the LDG 100.   Finally, I have just  added another antenna to group,  the

Zero-Five multi-band 10m - 80m vertical, so far, it has proven to be an excellent addition.

As shown in my main picture, 2 meter 440mhz is handled by a Diamond D-130 and

my HT's including a few Baofengs and a TYT MD-380 DMR HT which opens up

yet another digital form of amateur radio.


Here is a picture of me and my Elmer,  he is the one with the glasses on.                                                                                      

I like to let him believe that he runs the station but I am the one who actually does.  smiley




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
ZL1MVL 2017-11-24 15m FT8 RF74fg New Zealand Ian Wright
TO2SP 2017-11-24 10m SSB FK87ov St. Barthelemy Polish DXpedition 2017
N2MLP 2017-11-24 17m FT8 FN21jd United States BRIAN A WHOELER
ZL1SW 2017-11-24 17m FT8 RF73av New Zealand TONY WRIGHT
JM1SZY 2017-11-24 30m FT8 PM95so Japan AKIRA KUMABE
JO7WXN 2017-11-24 30m FT8 QM07fg Japan TOSHIHISA FURUICHI
SV3CIX 2017-11-24 30m FT8 KM17KM78 Greece Stavros Leontaritis
HB9ACA 2017-11-24 17m FT8 JN36ls Switzerland MANFRED OBERHOFER
IK5ACO 2017-11-24 30m FT8 JN52sv Italy GIORGIO BALDASSARI
VK1MA 2017-11-24 30m FT8 QF44mt Australia Matt McNeil
JQ1UGE 2017-11-24 40m FT8 PM96VK44 Japan Kazuhiro Tosaki
5T1R 2017-11-24 20m FT8 IK28ac Mauritania 5T DXpedition
JH8JYV 2017-11-24 17m FT8 QN02qw Japan HIDE Hideyuki Iida
ZS4JAN 2017-11-23 17m FT8 KG30bv South Africa JAN BOTHA
RI1ANO 2017-11-23 17m FT8 GC07mt South Shetland Islan Alexandr A. Ushakov UA1OJL

Book Totals: 3479 qso's   2296 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
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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