Greetings from Lyn - KC8I
Originally licensed as WD8QFZ in Michigan in 1978, and was assigned KC8I when I upgraded to Extra the following year. It's hard to believe that was more than 30 years ago!
I grew up as an Iowa farm boy, but left for Michigan to work in the auto industry after college. After working as an automotive engineer for Chrysler 17 years in Michigan and then for Bosch in Chicago for 21 more years, I retired to Colorado in 2001. The QTH is 20 miles north of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8500 feet (2600 meters). The nearest city is Colorado Springs and it's a ways farther to Denver.
I received my Elecraft KX3 Kit, s/n 649 on July 3rd, 2012, and celebrated the 4th by putting it on the air! It's a whole lot of stuff in a two pound package, and I really enjoy using it. I'm not a QRP fanatic, so it is nice to have an amp available for the little rig. I liked the KX3 so much that I ordered the Elecraft K-Line for my primary station.
Equipment equipment now includes:
- Elecraft K3 rig, P3 bandscope, KPA500 amp and KAT500 tuner.
- Kenwood TS-2000 for HF backup, 6 meters, and 2 meter SSB. (dabbling in satellite a bit).
- Traffie Hexbeam 5 band beam, Hustler 6BTV vertical, and 40 & 80 interted vee antennas.
- Elecraft KX3 and Buddipole antenna kit for portable operation. (KXPA100 amp/tuner on order.)
- Icom IC-7000 with Hustler antenna in the moble.
I have an Icom 756 Pro III that's still packed up after being carted away when the Waldo Canyon fire threatened us in summer 2012. I recently finished redoing the shack and may put it back on line as an alternate HF rig, or find it a new home.
A couple of years ago, I added a FlexRadio 1500 to the shack to experience SDR operation. I ended up confirming my bias that "life is too short to do Windows", so it is now mostly as a nice service tool to look at signals. The KX3 "SDR with knobs" which works fine with my Macs, is a much better operating choice for me, and i can even use my iPad as a band scope.
You may catch me working from the garage shack, which uses a W5GI Mystery antenna at about 28 feet (we have short trees at this altitude). I use my Icom IC-718 from there, with an Ameritron AL-811 mainly on 20.
I went HF mobile in 2010, using an IC-7000 with a fold-over Hustler antenna which is really convenient with my Honda Ridgeline. When we travel with our small Airstream trailer, it's easy to fire up the mobile if I have some operating time. I also like to pack the KX3 and some portable antannas in case there is time for some "picnic table" operating.
I mainly work 20 through 10 meter SSB, and some 40 meters. I keep threatening to revive some CW skills, but so far I can't seem to make it a priority. After installing the new 50 foot tower for the Hexbeam, I use the 30 foot tower for modest 2 and and 6 meter beams.
Hope to catch you on the bands.
73 and Have Fun!
Lyn - KC8I
The recently remodeled Shack.
My Traffie HexBeam HX-5Bi on a 50 foot Universal tower in the backyard.
The Honda mobile with "Wally", our Airstream 22 Sport.
The Shack circa 1979. Operating 10 meters in Cycle 21 as WD8QFZ.
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