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Born and raised in Upstate NY. Now transplanted for almost 25 years in KY.

I have always been in the computer world (35+ years) - Mainframe Computer Operator (NCR and IBM), Mainframe Applications Programmer(NCR and IBM), Mainframe Systems Programmer (IBM), Technical Support Manager, Mainframe Systems Programmer - Networking (IBM), Network Engineer(LAN/WAN/Mainframe),  Network/Transition Engineer (LAN/Wireless).

 I've always been interested in radio but only recently was bitten by the amateur radio bug. Just got my ticket in May (2016). In June I upgraded to General and dragged my highschool-aged son W2ZAC into the hobby and he got his ticket in early June and upgraded to General at Field Day. Together we have been exploring all of the opportunites that Amateur Radio gives us. We have done a little volunteer work and Zack even did some contest calls.

Upgraded to Extra on 10/10/2016

Its been a year in the hobby as of this week.. I've built over a dozen antennas - the latest is a hexbeam using the plans from hex-beam.com (great resource). I am usually found on our local 2 meter nets and DMR, checking into Interconn and the Maritime Mobile Service Net when I can hear the NCO :-) and on HF contests. I am really enjoying the depth and breadth of this hobby. So many things to do and so little time and so little $$$ :-).. My latest foray is the Hex Beam coupled with JT65. I pickd up an MFJ-1204 and connected it between my Kenwood and my laptop and I am having blast. Many thanks to the stations in AU and NZ for the great DX contacts. It still blows my mind that I can reach almost 10,000 miles on 20 watts with this beam only 5 feet off the ground!

I regularly upload to LOTW and eQSL (just set it up). The online QSL cards are the best. :-)

Field Day 2017 was a great time with the folks from NKARC at Lincoln Ridge Park in Independence, KY. I worked 34 states 2 provinces plus the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as K4CO mostly on 15 meters. I was able to get the Buddistick to also work on 10m, 20m and 40m and I made my first PSK31 and RTTY contacts. It was a beautiful day and night in Northern KY working the radios. Pictures coming soon.

73 - Kevin

 

Hex Beam Maintenance and repositioning 05/06/17

New Hex Beam built from plans on hex-beam.com  Right now it is only 6, 10, 15 and 20 meters.. i will add 17 and 12 eventually - before i find a permanent home for this monster. :-)

 

Winter Field Day - 2017 Setup

BuddiStick on a 12' Painter's Pole tapped for 20 meters.

Also used a 87' long wire (black wire in the window) and a ground wire (green) to work 40 meters. Used a generator to run everything off grid. A chilly windy day.

My normal 'shack'

My 'Antenna Tree' with its homebrew 40 meter double bazooka di-pole.  

 

 

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United States Award#3997
Granted: 2018-01-13 19:26:02   (KC4KEZ)

United States Counties Award#6965
Granted: 2017-08-02 04:32:50   (KC4KEZ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#16607
Granted: 2017-08-02 04:32:02   (KC4KEZ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#17944
Granted: 2017-07-31 02:12:02   (KC4KEZ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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