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The photo is of myself on July 4, 1998 at a fireworks show on the Mississippi River. I was on board the USS Kidd (hard docked on the east bank in Baton Rouge, LA (My home town)) The uniform is a Civil Air Patrol (Air force Auxiliary) class B. I was a cadet Lt. I soon became a senior member a few months later.

I was first licensed on Sept. 7, 1993 as a No-Code Technician. I soon upgraded to Tech-Plus in 1996 then General Class at FD2001 and finally Extra Class at FD 2009. I am also an ARRL VE and hold an FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License (GROL) and an A.A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology From Texarkana College.

I have worked in various occupations over the years. I started as a welders helper then computer sales in the late '90's. I then became an EMT from 2000- 2007 in Texarkana, TX/AR. After I earned my electronics degree, I worked in the aerospace industry before and during the economic downturn. I'm now working as a Master Locomotive Electrician (LEMT).

My other hobby/interests include (certainly not limited to): Astronomy, Apple Computers, Marksmanship, Gunsmithing, Bullet Casting and Reloading, Metal Crafts (7"x12" mini-lathe), 3D printing, R/C helicopters (not drones), trumpet and cello,  and I occasionally dabble in videography, 35 mm and Digital Photography.

I can usually be heard on my Elecraft K2 #6351 that I built during the Christmas break of '07 (Thanks Melanie!). Most people can't believe that I can make SSB contacts at 15W. Trust me, it's all about the antenna... Besides, 15W is only 1-2S units below a 100W rig. My other radios are: KWD TS-450S (Thanx Dad!), ADI AT-600HP, Yaesu VX-2r and FTdx-401b (tube rig). I also have an FT-857D for mobile use in our Jeep Cherokee using an FC-40, Breedlove ball mount and a 10m whip.

My QTH voice audio chain is powered by a modified MXL 990 studio mic driven by an ART Tube MP preamp and then feed through an active All-Pass Filter before the radio mic input stages.

For digital modes, I use the Tigertronics Signalink USB (Thanx again Pops!) That thing rocks! It works great with my General Dynamics GD6000 laptop w/mobile dock and the TS-450. The Signalink USB has been modified for lower power line noise and I also replaced the (cheap and non-liner) audio transformers with Edcor 600:600 PC mountable units. These were too big for the PCB and just fit inside the box. I ran wire pig-tails down to the board and wrapped kapton tape around the cores to prevent shorts. 

On 16 May 2010, my (x)YL Melanie passed her Tech exam and was issued KF5GZO on 24 May 2010. It only took 13 years for her to decide it was time to try it! She is quite fond of PSK and other digital modes. Congratulations Melanie!

Her issued call was kind of boring so; she is now known as KF5TNK to reflect her fondness of Tinkerbell. (Her 9mm pistol is also known as "Tinkerbell".)

 

Below are some random pictures:

 

Elecraft K2 #06351 and W5JH Black Widow #610

 

Here is my vertical wire antenna. Nothing fancy, just 43' of 14AWG wire supported by some green rope in a pine tree (I think it's dead).

I used ceramic "dog bones" on each end of the wire. A bow fishing rig was used to launch a line over the tree.

 

This is the feed point. RG-6 with a PL-259 into a plastic junction box from Lowes.

Inside is an 4:1 UNUN (MFJ-10-10989D) and banana/5-way posts for the output.

Info for this setup can be found at:http://www.ad5x.com/images/Presentations/Vertical43.pdf

I have about 12 radials buried and they are held down with the rock. Some of them can be seen above the pine needles.

 

Here is the simple feed into my apartment.

I used a saw to cut a slit lenghtwise in the PVC and encased the coax for protection from the weed-wacker.

 

Hamming in the park 2010 on Willastein Lake. I'm using the K2 with a 135' "Doublet".

My shirt says: Internet was down so thought I'd go outside today.

 

This says it all...

My CCW is a Taurus 24/7 OSS .45ACP with stainless upper section, 5.25" barrel and polymer composite frame.

The match grade barrel is no joke; with my cast lead "hand" loads, I can easily hit a 1' target at 100yds in isosceles stance. 

 

For long range work, .308Win.

Rem. 700 S.A., 26" varnment heavy barrel with 1:12" twist and SPS stock. Optic is a BSA 4-16x44mm illuminated reticle mil-dot. Not shown is the bipod, sling and Real-Tree Duck Tape camo job.

 

Melanie's hybrid headphone amp (~300mW) using 19J6 tubes and MRF-510A's for the finals.

This is used as an iPod Amp for driving Grado SR-80 headphones.

It also makes a heck-of-a preamp for a stereo surround sound system.

19J6 tubes are a bit scarce now due to the popularity of this amp.

Try this design:http://www.cavalliaudio.com/diy/soha%20ii/main.php?page=overview

Or these here:http://www.pmillett.com/

 

 

Night Lights.

TS-450S with an MFJ-993b and a plasma ball.

 

 

Thank You AMSAT and FOX-1 Team!

We are honored!

Melaine and I performed the PCB assyembly on the FOX-1a-d FM cube sats.

We have the surface mount tools and microscopes needed for such work.

Nowadays, pick-n-place machines are much more affordable and prefered over hand soldering.

 

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