Welcome my fellow Amateur Radio operators!
My First day as a Ham:
October 17th 2013 at 07:52 Central USA time I keyed my brand new VHF Icom 2300H and gave my call sign on one of the popular simplex frequencies. Quite a few Hams welcomed me into the hobby that morning. My hands were sweaty from the excitement.
What got me interested in Amateur Radio:
I orginally contacted a ham (did not know he was a ham) about building a .64 wave antenna but quickly found out I just didn't have the equipment or training to build that type of antenna. He guided me through a sharp learning curve about all aspects of radio. I even tweaked a Galaxy CB to make it sound very good in AM as well as SSB mode. I was striving for a clear, natural sounding radio without any surgery to the unit. I also did not want to be an overmodulating menace. I was very careful when adjusting it so I would sound the best I could acheive.
On the night of September 26th, 2013 I called my Elmer on his telephone and told him I passed my technician class exam with a good score. I could basically hear that gentleman leaning back in his chair smiling with a big sense of accomplishment and pride. Hahaha. Thank you, K3DAV, you sure have helped me learn a lot about radio. Dave, your website articles (http://www.k3dav.com/articles.htm) have helped me greatly too. NOTE: Dave's website will cease to exsist June 2017 because the donations are not enough to support the increasing cost of the website.
The morning of July 11th, 2015 is quite memorable for me. I became a proud Elmer when my friend KD9WTE (formerly KD9EGL) passed her Technician exam. Good for you Kristie, your diligence in studying got you a fine score on the ham test. Kristie's call-sign appeared in the FCC ULS on July 24th, 2015. It was my pleasure helping Kristie with her studies, she was a listful student. I am proud of Kristie and happy for her. As my good friend K3DAV put it, "It feels good to help someone out, and when they succeed - that is a really good feeling." Dave was proud of both Kristie's accomplishment and mine as an Elmer with a 'grad under my belt'. Kristie's interest in radio was sparked by her parents, AC9GK Steve & KB9NPO Diana.
Update April 28th, 2016: I passed my Extra Class license exam with 100%.
Icom IC-718, 160 meter - 10 meter, SSB, AM, CW, RTTY, 100 watts.
Icom IC-706MkIIG 160 - 70 cm All Modes, 100 watts HF/50 and 50/20 watts-2m/70cm.
Icom IC-2300H, 2 meter, FM only, 65 watts.
Motorola Spectra 70 cm, FM only, 100 watts.
Motorola Spectra 2 meter, FM only, 40 watts.
Motorola GP68 2 meter HT.
Motorola HT1000 2 meter HT.
Base Antennas (fed with Times Microwave LMR-400):
M2 2M5WL 17 element beam (horizontal)
Solarcon I-MAX 2000. 15 meter - 10 meter, SWR < 1.5
Comet CHA250bx. 80 meter - 10 meter, SWR < 1.6
Homemade ground planes for 2 meter in the house attic.
My mobile station (below).
Note, this is not my cell phone tower.
Comet SBB-25, 2 meter Band, 4.1 dB gain, using a Diamond K702M magnetic mount.
A 102" stainless steel whip, 10 meter Band SWR < 1.2, mounted using a gumdrop mount, directly to the truck's box.
VIEW MY QTH HERE: http://no.nonsense.ee/qth/map.html?qth=EN41
AC0OQ-John AC9GK-Steve AI6RE-Don GI0BQX-David K0DLP-Dave K0FLY-Gale K0HWE-Al K0TSK-Tim K3DAV-Dave K6YYL-Kim K9ACT-Jack KB0EHC-Agnes KB0SK-Vern KB9NPO-Diana KC0PMX-Gary KD0GIX-Paul KD0VTI-Joe KD0WIR-Mark KD0WSW-Steve KD9EGL-Kristie KF0VF-Doug KI0JP-Jeff KI4BXT-Joel KK4GZQ-Kevin N0EGV-Ken W0ABC-Doug W6OK-Tom W8KSC-Tim WA0UIG-Lelia WA0VLC-Bob 2W0VOW-Beth. (If I have missed someone, email me.)
Thank you for looking me up, listen for me on 144.200, 146.520, and W0GQ repeater.
More items, links, and humor below. >>>
Kayaking (Left), Photographing Trains (Right)
I love photographing storms.
While sleeping; you begin muttering CQ CQ. A YL answers back "You are a 5 by 9 plus 20dB! You sound like you're in the room with me!" You wake up in great surprise, suddenly realize, you are married and your wife is holding up a paper logbook. She grins tiredly, then says "I have answered you 713 times in the past 3 hours, but you never gave me my signal report!"
>>> Credit for the following goes to the K3DAV website: <<<
"A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory."
"How come we park on the driveway, and drive on the parkway?"
"If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to. Isn't that special?"
"No Woman has ever shot a man while he was washing the dishes."
If you enjoyed these, make sure you read Dave's article "The Perfect Husband". For YL's, XYL's, & OM alike.
Comet vs A Large Bird Landing on it:
My Comet CHA250Bx was attacked by a bird!
As you can see my antenna seems incredibly 'bent out of shape' about the bird perching on it.
Click the pictures to enlarge them.
Time lapse photos of the antenna being destroyed by the bird.
These were long exposures (shutter was held open for long periods of time, at set intervals).
Photo courtesy Benjamin Root Photography, thanks to his star trail photo collection I know what happened to my antenna overnight!
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