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Hello and thank you for looking up my call sign. I was first licensed as a Technician in March of 1995. During this time I enjoyed 6 meter SSB and Satellite contacts with AO-27, UO-14 and AO-51 using homebrewed antennas. In April 2008 I passed my General. I then began making HF contacts with my Icom 706 MK 2 and a ground mounted Hustler 6-BTV. I enjoy working DX, Special Event Stations, Lighthouses, and Museum Ships. April 2009 I passed my Extra. I then upgraded my radio to a Yaesu FT-950, it's a great radio! I also have a Kenwood TS-930S, which my friend Ken Hinkle SK K8KH gave me. Also in use are Ameritron AL-811, Dentron GLA-1000 amplifiers, Dentron MT-3000A, and MFJ-989C antenna tuners. My current antennas, Hustler 6-BTV, 20/40 meter dipole and a Mosley Mini-32-A. I am a member of the ARRL, ARLHS, Skywarn, and Geauga Amateur Radio Association.

I enjoy getting on the air for Field Day with my daughters, Becky, KD8UAE, and Emily, KE8ERE. I miss talking on the air with my father, Lawrence Boban, SK KB8ZNI April 28, 2016. 

If we just made contact and you need a QSL card from Ohio, just drop me your card in the mail and I'll be happy to return the favor.

Update: Saturday September 9, 2017 was a really nice day to work on my Hustler 6 BTV. It is a used antenna I bought and installed just before I got my General license. I only had 8 radials wires attached to the Hustler antenna bracket. It worked OK, but not great. Since then I have read a lot of articles on how to improve my ground mounted vertical antennas performance. I also asked other operators about their vertical antenna set up. So I decided to buy the DX Engineering Radial Plate and see if I could possibly get better performance with my set up. My daughter Emily and I added a total of 500 feet of radials. Some were cut at 20 feet and others at 32. I used a straight blade shovel and a lawn edger to make grooves in the lawn for the radial wires to fit into. My daughter and I decided to bury the wires so no one would trip over them. It seems my efforts paid off. There is a noticeable difference how the antenna receives and transmits now. The SWR readings are very good. I'm going to use this as my primary antenna this winter when I have more time to be on the air. I like the Hustler 6 BTV because I don’t have to fool around with tuner settings. I only need to re-adjust on my amplifier settings when switching bands. If I cannot work the station I'm calling I can try my dipole or small tri-band beam antenna. It's nice to have other antennas to try. 

73! John KB8YJY

 

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