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Welcome to Amateur Radio Station KF2T
KF2T Station
Geratol 1782
OMISS 8748
CWJF 730
DXCC 48097
10-10 66749
VUCC 6m 2248
TPA 889
Feld-Hell 5084
5BWAS 3135
My Grid

DM25

Licensed since 1977, with this callsign since 1980. Nevada since 2008.

 

 

2017 Eclipse Week Grid-pedition is ON
My plan is to head north Thursday (8/17) morning sometime between 7 and 9 PDT. I’ll be running along the eastern side of Nevada, from DM26 to DN21 during the course of the day. Will have 6m and 2m horizontal antennas on a 30-foot push-up pole, with about 100w on either band. FT8, MSK144, CW, and SSB available. 
 
Will keep the rig on 6m FT8 while mobile (vertical polarization) to keep an eye on band conditions. Will stop at each grid line as I head north. It’s less than 2 hours between lines, so should be able to activate from DM27, 28, 29, DN20 and DN21. Friday morning, I plan on activating DN21 and 22. 
 
For the weekend and Monday, I will be in DN23, then reverse course and head home Tues/Weds. Not sure how many stops I will make southbound - depends on conditions and need.
 
Will have APRS running as KF2T-7. Use this link to track: http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?call=kf2t-7
 
Requests for calls/skeds can be sent to kf2t@amsat.org which will be relayed to me as an SMS (Text) message. Will coordinate on PingJockey.net if internet service allows, moving to the terrestrial page for FT8.

Welcome to my QRZ Page!

 

A ham for 40 years, now, I’ve got to say it’s still magic. Is there anything cooler than beaming a signal across thousands of miles, supported only by a skinny wire and the magic of propagation?

 

Ham radio has somehow figured into my life’s work. I’m a former Merchant Marine radio operator, remote broadcast engineer, and Statewide public-safety Communications Interoperability Coordinator for Nevada. Today, I’m the Director of Engineering, IT, and Emergency Response at Vegas PBS, Nevada’s largest TV station and home to K7PBS.

 

I enjoy operating fast CW and digital modes on all bands, 1.8 through 450 MHz. Experiments are underway with a 10 GHz setup, too. Huge fan of my FlexRadio Systems 6500 Software Defined Radio, Apple Computers, and the outstanding Dog Park Software that makes hamming on a Mac a pleasure. But what really, really gets me going is playing with antennas. Ever since I would rummage around for discarded TV antennas and cable to add to my latest monstrosity, I've been captivated by aerials.

 

KF2T in 2017 sports four antennas. Yes, I’m pushing it in my HOA area, so each one is relatively stealthy and low key. But they work - just completed WAS on all bands 160 through 6 (including 60m) and DXCC on 80-10m (waiting on those last few 80m cards, though!).

 

AA5TBW8JI, and K0BG have done amazing work on antenna design and theory. I am indebted to them for their extensive research, testing, and reporting to the amateur community, along with their understandable and practical advice. Also props to the gang on PingJockey.net for the VHF antenna advice.

 

The HF antenna is an off-center (80% long leg) fed 160 meter dipole. A Balun Designs 4:1 transformer and a Balun Designs 1115 choke balun below it lead to RG-213 to an Elecraft KAT500 automatic tuner in the shack. Works very well on 160 through 10.

 

For a long time on 160 meters, I really struggled. My lot is quite small, and a full-sized antenna seemed impossible. Trying to load an 80m OCF on 160m yielded various degrees of success… mostly small degrees. But enough for WAS and a few DXCCs. But, recently I figured a way to get the long leg around the perimeter of my lot, and let the short leg drop to a ground rod and radial system (instead of being full length). It works! Check out the PSKReporter.Info results from my first night's outing.

In the last couple of years I got hooked in the weak signal world. Meteor scatter, tropo, all kinds of stuff! More fun than I'd expected. I use a 432 MHz InnovAntennas 10-element LFA mounted about 5 feet above the roof, a 3-element 6m LFA above that, and a 2 meter Directive Systems  6-element yagi 3 feet above that. Running WSJT-X and having a ball! Hoping to break into EME someday, but that's going to be a feat from my small lot. 

 

Have worked about 400 grids on 6m, and made several 1000+ mile contacts on 2m. A run of LMR-400 cable to an Elecraft XV-144 transverter does the trick nicely for 2m receive, with a TE Systems 1452G brick amplifier to help with the ERP! Same general idea on 432, with an Elecraft XV432 transverter and TE 4412G amp. On 6m, the ERP booster is an Elecraft KPA500

 

Hope to catch you on the air sometime. Especially during my favorite operating event, the ARRL November Sweepstakes, CW weekend.  Used to be a heavy NTS traffic handler, but this is as close as I get, nowadays.

 

If you’re looking to connect, try the N8FQ chat site or PingJockey.net. I’m usually on one or the other. QSL via LoTW preferred. I do upload to QRZ, eQSL, and ClubLog, too. Of course, all paper cards welcome, too. 


KF2T in the 1980's

 

KF2T in the 1980's

Heathkit HW-12 75m SSB Transceiver

Viking Invader HF CW & SSB Transmitter

Hammarlund HQ-129X HF Receiver (did you catch the Heathkit QF-1 Q Multiplier?)

Gonset Communicator IV on 2m

Icom IC-230 2m FM (solid state!)

All to an endlessly morphing set of wires and coat hangers for antennas.

Can you imagine how warm this all got?

 

My Excellent Adventures at Sea

I had the great opportunity to operate all around the world as a shipboard Radio-Electronics Officer, keeping watch on the 500 kHz CW calling and distress frequency, operating HF voice, CW, and digital, and satellite equipment. Most of my time was spent on oil tankers, like the SS Coastal Eagle Point, but I also got in some adventures as VQ9TC on Diego Garcia Island, way out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, where I was on the crew of SS American Kestrel.

Along the way, got to sample the best of our world, including ports of call on all contients except Antarctica. Beautiful tropical islands to snowy Alaska, amazing Gibraltar and brutally hot Saudi Arabia. Some of the most awesome years of my life! Fair seas and following winds to all of you who still make a life on the water.

Diego Garcia Island

Beautiful Diego Garcia Island, about as far from anything as you can get. The first place I experienced the sun directly overhead, and the awesome southern hemisphere skies. Climbed the 100 foot tower to fix antennas. My knees knocked so much, but it did cure me of my fear of heights! Fine dining at Diego Burger. Fond memories of working everyone in Japan (or so it seemed) with an Atlas 210x. Anyone there today up for a sked? I need VQ9 for DXCC.

Coastal Eagle Point

The Coastal Eagle Point. Callsign WHMK. My 741-ft long by 102-ft wide home away from home. Now scrap metal, but always a special place in my heart. Operated HF packet back in the day, kept in touch with the gang back home through the generosity of those great hams who maintained VHF<>HF gateways. Esepcially WG0N, and the membership of the Denver Radio Club, W0TX.

 

 


Ham Radio has been the single greatest influence in guiding my education, career, and success. Thanks to Elmers too numerous to mention (but especially the late, great Mike Karp, AF2L) for welcoming me to this amazing community and changing my life. Please join me in supporting the​ARRL Second Century Campaign to share the wonder of wireless and communications with the next generation.

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