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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
K1NZ 2018-03-19 30m FT8 FN32uc United States Nicholas A Maslon
TN5R 2018-03-19 20m SSB Congo Dxfriends Dxpedition
TN5R 2018-03-19 17m CW Congo Dxfriends Dxpedition
AB7LT 2018-03-18 10m FT8 DM44aq United States JOHN A HERRING
LU3AHY 2018-03-18 10m FT8 GF05TJ44 Argentina Mario Augusto Garay
LU8ENU 2018-03-18 12m FT8 GF05RL07 Argentina Juan Clemente
N7NM 2018-03-18 20m RTTY CN87rk United States Douglas M Ferguson
KH6ZM 2018-03-18 20m RTTY BK29ik Hawaii MASSIMO A ZENOBI
VE5MX 2018-03-18 20m RTTY DN89bp Canada Einar Todd Bendtsen
K5IUA 2018-03-18 20m FT8 EL29IJ99 United States JOHN D GODWIN
LU3PI 2018-03-18 17m FT8 FF58RL55 Argentina SANTIAGO JOSE BRENER
W5ZR 2018-03-18 40m CW EM40bb United States BRANAN B BEYT
K8DID 2018-03-18 30m FT8 EN63sx United States RONALD L GORZYNSKI
WB4X 2018-03-18 30m FT8 FM06bl United States CHARLES B SUTPHIN
WA4KXX 2018-03-18 17m CW EM73cw United States ROBERT C MAYNARD III

Book Totals: 4571 qso's   3147 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

DX World Award#6335
Granted: 2017-11-29 19:36:04   (K7VNE)

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)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#16139
Granted: 2016-12-21 23:56:02   (K7VNE)

  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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