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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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KC9SWV
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K2GT 2017-11-21 40M FT8 BK29ln Hawaii GUSTAVE L TREEWATER
5T1A 2017-11-21 40M FT8 IK28ac Mauritania Fawaz Sulaibeekh - A92AA
K5QPO 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EM75UT21 United States James E Smith, Jr
N8NM 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EN82hp United States STEPHEN M MURPHY
W2AAS 2017-11-20 40M FT8 FN31ad United States Victor M Soto
W0TK 2017-11-20 40M FT8 DM79tr United States DONN E DRURY
VE3CWU 2017-11-20 40M FT8 FN03do Canada Robert Hudson
K4MX 2017-11-20 40M FT8 FM07at United States JERI D O ROURKE
K4DXX 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EM74JG49 United States WILLIAM P MANSFIELD
K8VEB 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EN72nt United States WILLIAM R SHERMAN
W0CAS 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EM75LU54 United States Bobby (Joel) Case
AD5XD 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EM12PX65 United States Milton O Withers
W3BI 2017-11-20 40M FT8 FN20en United States Richard C Johnson
KC2ZOG 2017-11-20 40M FT8 FN31AI11 United States Inocencio Feliciano
WB8VLO 2017-11-20 40M FT8 EN81HV United States RONALD J REED

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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 Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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