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QSL: DIRECT PREFERRED, EQSL OTHERWISE.

Ham Member Lookups: 1359

 

About QSL:

I collect QSL cards and if I receive one, I will send one. My preference is to receive QSL cards direct. Do not worry about the return postage. I will pay the postage to send you my QSL card.I also use eQSL.

 

About Me and Ham Radio:

My name is Jeff McCright, born in Columbia Missouri in 1963, I now live in Raytown, a small suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. I have been working Information Technology with a number of companies for the past 20+ years. Late in 2008, a very dear friend of mine, Randy Rathbun, NV0U - SK (Silent Key), talked me into taking his Technician and General License training classes. Because of Randy who was a W5YI Volunteer Examiner, I obtained my Technician License (call sign KDØGCL) in January of 2009, and later upgraded to General in April of the same year. In August of 2013, I upgraded to Amateur Extra just prior to Randy's passing away. I decided then that I would keep my callsign as I really grew fond of it. Besides, I had previously ordered vanity automobile license plates for my car back in 2009 with my call sign on them as well as marking all my radio equipment with my call sign. Obviously, I really like my call.

So what have I done in Ham radio? Well, not a whole lot. I joined the ARRL (American Radio Relay League), Independence Missouri RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service), Jackson County Missouri ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), Raytown Missouri Amateur Radio Club, and the Blue Springs Missouri Amateur Radio Club.I also became a W5YI Volunteer Examiner.After about a year, I decided at least one organization had to be dropped as my time was at a premium so I dropped Independence RACES.

In 2010, the Raytown Amateur Radio Club sponsored a hidden transmitter hunt of which I partipated in and then in April 2012, I hosted one of my own for the club. I look forward to partipating in more hunts in the near future.

With the Jackson County Missouri ARES and the Blue Springs Missouri Organizations, I have participated in ARRL Field Day and have enjoyed working Digital and GOTA stations shortly after getting my general license.

I have enjoyed such projects as the SDR (Software Defined Radio) Receiver project (complete with the HF Converter and Isolation Transformer) that was written up in the January 2013 ARRL QST magazine as well as modifying my Kenwood TR-9130 2 meter All Mode Tranceiver by adding a PL tone encoder, and building a number of antennas in the 2 meter and 70 cm bands. I was very fortunate to be invited to take part in the development/beta testing of the XTAL Set Society Midnight Science Ultra TR40 Ultrasonic Transceiver project. It really was an honor to work with Phil Anderson, W0XI, Randy Rathbun, NV0U - SK, and the rest of the team.

I have enjoyed calling a number of nets for the Independence RACES, and the Raytown Amateur Radio Club.

With Jackson County ARES, I have enjoyed attending Red Cross CPR training, Simulated Emergency Training (SET) deployments, and partipating in the digital training and phone nets.

Of course, what self respecting Ham doesn't enjoy visiting hamfests! wink

My first Ham radio was an ICOM IC-V82 2m handheld transceiver. Next, I bought an ICOM IC-2200H 2m Mobile transceiver. Then I purchased my Kenwood TR-9130 2m All Mode for SSB work. Later, I pressed into service my ICOM IC-745 HF Transceiver. The IC-745 belonged to my Dad, George (Hank) McCright, KØLNQ - SK, who passed away shortly after I was issued my General License. I also use a Kenwood TM-V71A in my car for mobile Digital and FM work, Kenwood TM-D700A in the shack for Digital and FM nets on 2 meters and 70 centimeters.The list goes on, but these were/are my primary rigs.

I plan on trying my hand at working the FM "birds" (Satellite) soon when time permits.

 

About my clubs, organizations, and interests:

Raytown ARC: http://www.K0GQ.com

Blue Springs ARC: http://bsarc.us

Jackson County ARES: http://www.jacoares.org

W5YI Volunteer Examiners: http://www.w5yi.org

XTAL Set Society/Midnight Science: http://www.midnightscience.com/

Independence RACES: http://independence.readytohelp.org

 

About my Shack:

I run HF on my ICOM IC-745 with IC-AT100 Automatic Antenna Tuner connected to a G5RV Antenna hoisted about 18 feet above ground and you find me mostly on 20 and 40 meters phone. I run 2 meter SSB using my Kenwood TR-9130 connected to a pair of stacked HALOs about 30 feet above ground. I also run 2 meter/70 centimeter FM and Digital using my Kenwood TM-D700A rig connected to an Arrow 2 meter/70 centimeter J-Pole at about 35 feet above ground. All equipment is running barefoot (No Linear Amps here... at least not yet!)

 

Me at my station:

Behind me from left to right is my MFJ-815B SWR Meter, Icom IC-AT100 Antenna Tuner, MFJ-901B Antenna Tuner, Icom IC-745 HF Transceiver, Microsoft Windows Vista Businesson a Dell Latitude D630 Laptop, (Behind laptop is my Tigertronics SignaLink USB for digital work), Kenwood TM-D700A 2m/70cm FM Transceiver, Communications Specialists TE-32 Tone Encoder, and Kenwood/Trio TR-9130 2m All Mode Transceiver.

 

And this is my XYL, Robyn, KD0HMJ:

What is on the computer screen you ask? That is SDR# (pronounced SDR Sharp), an open source Software Defined Radio Receiver project using a USB PAL (Not NTSC/ATSC) compatible TV tuner dongle. Not shown is the HF Converter allowing me to tune in HF Frequencies. I use the laptop to log contacts and the SDR to monitor as much as 2 MHz of spectrum at a glance. Robyn is enjoying broadcast FM music in this picture.

 

Thanks for looking me up.

 

73 and God Bless from KD0GCL and KD0HMJ

 

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