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I'm 90% CW on the HF bands and mostly simplex on 2-Meter

QSL 100% direct USA and DX (no SASE no money required). I enjoy getting and sending paper QSL cards and will answer all...

Thanks for coming to my page. I've been into radio for many years. It has always been a passion of mine since I first was introduced to the hobby as a young child. I built my first radio when I was about 10 years old. When I was 12, I built an antenna for my bike so I could use my CB while riding around. I also started a CB club in my home state of Arizona when I was 14. I would hold a nightly Net on channel 18. The club was called the “Arizona Air Jammers”. We had strict rules, no cussing, arguing, or being nasty. It worked, but times were different on CB back then. At the peak of the club we had about 100 members. Since most of the club interactions were over the air, people were surprised when we had our first meeting and learned I was 14. They learned this when I asked for a ride to my own event... I currently work at FedEx as a Engine Manager for the Rolls Royce Engine.

I belong to the Olive Branch Amateur Radio Club in my hometown of Olive Branch, Mississippi.


Home antenna systems. 40 foot (12.19 meters) tower. Diamond 510 for 2M/440 and a 13B2 2-Meter Yagi, Ham IV Rotor. 80 meter horizontal quad loop (268 feet). 160 meter dipole. More to come as I continue to build.

Radio, Yaesu 2900 for 2-meter and VV-898 for 440. My HF rig is a Yaesu FT-950. For some extra kick I use an AL-811 AMP with the AT-1000 Autotuner (rarely use it since I don't need that much for CW). Also use a ICOM IC-718 for mobile and camping with a Z-100 tuner.

My Rotor Controller by Glen Popiel (KW5GP), Author of the Arduino for Ham Radio

My friend and felow OBARC club member built me a rotor controller for my Ham IV while I was deployed to the Middle East in 2014. It was featured in his new book. He even mentioned me in chapter 24, page 24-1. Thanks so much Glen...! Please go out and purchase "Arduion for Ham Radio", it's a great book and has some neat projects. I plan to build all of them.



My oldest Son Andrew has his license also (KF5WNQ). I guess he got the bug from me...
Please visit his page:http://www.qrz.com/db/KF5WNQ
If we talked and I called W5SMB/Portable, I was most likely camping. I love to take the HF camping. I use a ICOM IC-718 with a Z-100 Plus tuner attached to an 80 meter dipole. Mostly CW but I do jump on the phone side.
My other, other hobby... Music
We're a Jeep Family all the way...

Military Operations I've been involved with: Last deployment was all of 2014



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OK7W 2016-03-06 40m SSB JO80ce Czech Republic Stanislav Kostal
US1I 2016-03-06 40m SSB KN88xb Ukraine Roman Solop
HA8FM 2016-03-06 40m SSB KN06ag Hungary ILLES Tibor (Tibi)
9A1A 2016-03-06 40m SSB JN85ao Croatia CROATIAN DX CLUB - CDXC
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CS2C 2016-03-06 20m SSB IM57ou Portugal Jiri Pesta, OK1RF
TM6M 2016-03-06 20m SSB IN78rj France CONTEST CALL (Club Station F6KHM )
TI5M 2016-03-06 20m SSB EK70vc Costa Rica CONTEST CALL MANAGED BY TI2JCY
S56X 2016-03-06 40m SSB JN76xr Slovenia Dusan-Ed Gomboc
HA1AG 2016-03-06 40m SSB JN87to Hungary ZOLI PITMAN
LZ9W 2016-03-06 40m SSB KN12kr Bulgaria Contest Team
SP8K 2016-03-06 40m SSB KO10dk Poland Kornel Gorczyca

Book Totals: 2362 qso's   1062 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#3798
Granted: 2016-08-04 18:32:02   (W5SMB)

  • 250 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#2842
Granted: 2015-11-12 01:40:02   (W5SMB)

World Continents Award#501
Granted: 2015-01-16 03:10:25   (W5SMB)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • Mixed CW
Grid Squared Award#475
Granted: 2015-01-16 03:10:21   (W5SMB)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed CW
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