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My Trip to China:

So, after trying three times to arrange some amateur radio meetings in China, I've given up.  I applied for the license last year and never received approval because my (work) trip was cancelled.  I tried again back in April of 2016 and never got a response from the CRAC.  We finally went in July of 2016 and on the day I returned to the USA, about 30 minutes after my flight landed I finally received this in my email:

Oh well...maybe if I have to go back, I'll be prepared!  I do have a 10 year VISA after all...

A Litte About Myself:

By day, I work as a mechanical design engineer, making workholding equipment for machining.  I design lathe chucks, milling fixtures, collets, mandrels, and rotary hydraulic cylinders.  By night, I'm an electronics experimenter/enthusiast.

Inspired by a childhood watching my grandfather W9ALT (formerly W9RDF) making DX QSO's with all forms of remote places, I decided to take my exam and get started.  I took and passed the Technician and General elements in Frankfort, IN the morning of my bachelor party in July 2010.  Money got tight after the wedding and I couldn't afford a radio for a while.  Things got better after a year or so and I purchased a Kenwood TM-D710 and a Larsen NMO2/70-B and installed them on my car.  APRS was fun, but there was little activity in our area on VHF or UHF.

So, in 2013 I bought a used Icom 706 MKI off of eBay.  It was a steal, but because it was advertised as not working.  After a few days of pouring over the schematics with my trusty multimeter, I located the $.69 transistor that had failed, permanently muting the mic! I was off on HF.  I started working mostly PSK, with a homemade, hung-way-too-low 20 meter dipole.  I never heard much DX, which wasn't a huge shock since it was hung 9 feet off the ground under the eave of our roof.  I did confirm a single PSK contact to France before moving on to a 6BTV vertical.

In 2014, I was able to parlay a deal through eBay to more or less trade my IC-706 for a Kenwood TS-480HX.  A couple guys at the radio club didn't seem to approve, but I still think I won that deal... My main reason was to set up the W4MQ remote base software so I can use my radio and home antennas remotely and it works rather well.  I traveled a lot for work back then, working for a company that sold grain processing and handling equipment.  In areas of good cell coverage, I could even operate mobile from the control panel of the radio, with the TX/RX unit at home, connected to my "real" antenna.

In 2016, I decided I was done with my used, broken, hobbled together radios and it was time to upgrade and buy some BRAND NEW gear.  I have sold the TS-480HX, both TM-D710's, TH-D72, and Wouxon KG-UV-8D.  I used the money to buy a new Icom IC-7300, ID-5100, and ID-51A+.  I also have another ID-5100 on the way for the shack, as the first one got mounted in my mobile.  I also did away with the NMO2/70B and K9000 folding mount in favor of an NMO2/70SH in a drilled NMO mount.  I still keep the 2/70B around for road trips.  I'll take some new pictures soon, since the ones I had were outdated.

My First Award:

My goal for 2015 was to complete my first Worked All States award...I did it!  The award wasn't issued until January 4, 2016, but the application was sumbitted in December of 2015.  I applied for and received Mixed and Digital awards and am just a few QSOs away from the JT-65 endorsement for the Digital Award.  I also applied for Worked All Continents in January.  I had worked them all in 2015, though, so I'm putting it here too!

My Current Stations:

I need to take a new picture because it's all different now.

My Current Antenna

A 6BTV Vertical in the front yard, disguised as a flagpole.  It has 36 ground radials filling the front yard, ranging from 8 to 36 feet in length.   There's also a 40/30/20/15/10 meter trapped dipole in the upstairs attic.  I don't use it much because it interacts with the wiring and wreaks havoc if I push more than 50 watts into it.  Oh well, one day I'll move it outside or finish the Cobwebb I started.

The base of the antenna showing the homemade radial plate, the temporary/spare RG-58, and the 3/8 Heliax feedline.  The feedlines are trenched in conduit back to the shack and isolated on each end with a common mode choke of RG-142B/U wrapped on stacked FT240-52 cores.:

73,
KC9SWV
Morgen Benner

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KA7NYE 2017-08-16 20M FT8 CN87tx United States TERRY M HOGUE
E73Y 2017-08-16 40M FT8 JN93eu Bosnia and Herzegovi Boris Knezovic
K0WIU 2017-08-16 40M FT8 EN12hv United States WILLIAM N JENNEWEIN
KG5HTH 2017-08-15 30M FT8 EM02WI46 United States PHILIP R FLINN, II
KA1QBO 2017-08-15 30M FT8 FN42gt United States Joseph J Galimi
KI3T 2017-08-15 40M FT8 FN10sd United States JOHN K BRYSON, JR
KF0DH 2017-08-15 40M FT8 EM63MI59 United States ALAN R DIEZ
N4LKB 2017-08-15 40M FT8 FM18IQ United States Michael J Loucks
AB2EZ 2017-08-15 40M FT8 FN20pj United States STEWART D PERSONICK
N5KQW 2017-08-15 40M FT8 EM42WI49 United States JON V EUBANKS
N5SD 2017-08-15 40M FT8 EM27ph United States STEPHEN C DRAPER
KA3CFX 2017-08-15 40M FT8 FM19IR10 United States JOSEPH A RITZ, JR
K3NSA 2017-08-15 40M FT8 EM13OD55 United States Nicholas F Sirianni, Jr
NV0O 2017-08-15 40M FT8 EM28tt United States DAVID R WHITE
KX4EW 2017-08-15 40M FT8 FM19 United States BRADLEY M ECKERT

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United States Counties Award#2028
Granted: 2016-07-20 02:56:02   (KC9SWV)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1700
Granted: 2015-12-30 22:56:11   (KC9SWV)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#9617
Granted: 2015-07-03 02:25:02   (KC9SWV)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#7999
Granted: 2015-06-14 03:55:02   (KC9SWV)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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