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Update: On October 12, 2015 My wife and I left Louisiana to travel around the country in our 41 foot motor coach as "full timers". Mailing address is our mail forwarding provider. So it might take some time to reply...enjoy the Autum Colors of Michigan! 







Hi Folks my name is John pictured with my wife Debbie. I received my Technician License in March 2013. I passed the General exam on May 2, 2013. For HF communications, I use the ICOM

In Ocotober 2013 I picked up a Icom 751 from a Icom repair shop. The owner sent the radio in for repair after it lost all receive. Icom said it would cost too much to repair. So the owner told me I could have it if I paid the $25 dollar evaluation fee. Seems the only problem is with the RF PCB. I bought one for $25 bucks with hope it was in working condition but at this writing, I'm now debugging 2 RF circuit boards!

As of Late December 2013, I'm now using the 751 as my daily radio and what a great radio it is. I still have a few bugs in it to fix but the radio is working good for what I need.

My backup Rig is the Icom 718. On both radios I use CommCat rig controller software which displays YOUR signal level into my shack and displays it here: MyQSX: KF5UMC Home Page

Meet the HEIL-WOOD microphone- same as a expensive HEIL mic but without the COST!




I now use a Hustler 5BTV vertical (pictured above) with no radials- the coach frame works well and I use the MFJ989C antenna tuner and I get great reports regardless of the radials. I also use a Boomer 400 solid state Amp and puts out about 220 watts with a 40 amp DC supply. As a backup, my 1966 Hunter Bandit 2 Kw input amp (that I re-built plus a new quad set of Taylor 572B tubes from RF Parts) helps too Hi Hi. The Hunter Bandit Amp does not have a tuned input so another antenna tuner is used between the exciter and the amp... Lots of knob twisting!!

Besides my vertical antenna, which I just installed the 17m 13 ft wire add-on along side the main mast of the vertical...first contact was the Cannary Islands, I also use a custom built Magnetic Loop Antenna resonant at 20 meters, complete with remote control tuning! I picked it up at a ham fest from N5BUD. You can find me on a "Round Table" everyday on 3.905 Mhz at 5:30 CST. Please drop in to say hi as we have a good group of hams,from various parts of the country sitting around the round table!

For 2 meter operation, a Kenwood TK-701 HD (45 watt output version) out of a taxi cab. I bought the radio on Ebay for 65 bucks!

As a backup or HT, I use a BAO FENG UV-5R 2m/70cm HT (4 watts). The Bao Feng pictured below is also used as my mobile rig in the car. These 2 meter rigs are connected to a Radio Shack 2m/70cm 19" ground plane, which is 15 ft off the ground.


For shortwave listening I use my Radio Shack DX-440 top radio in rack. I use this radio and pickup HF Weather FAXs from Hawaii, California, Boston and New Orleans! The software I use decodes the HF signals and displays weather charts and satellite images on my laptop. This setup also decodes CW, RTTY and other data transmissions.



Besides radios I enjoy sailing and have made 7 trips between San Francisco and Hawaii in racing sailboats. I'm also a Instrument Rated aircraft (fixed wing) pilot.

Currently, when I work, it's offshore for an ocean sea floor survey company in Lafayette, LA., using ROV's and AUV's with high resolution side scan and sub bottom sonar. This image is a container ship wreck off the coast of Mozambique, Africa 6/2012.

Right now I am big into HF DX, SSB only, as I want to contact old friends who are hams (and make some new ones) in other states and countries.

My background is in electronics and worked over 20 years in Silicon Valley for Memorex, Unisys and Sun Microsystems just to name a few.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you down the log book!





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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KF5UMC
Latest Contacts for KF5UMC at QRZ.com
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K2NRS 2018-01-16 30m FT8 FN21 United States Vincent H Favoino
K4BC 2018-01-16 30m FT8 FM17 United States John R Forrest, V
N2HHG 2018-01-16 30m FT8 FN20 United States WILLIAM J MC CARTHY
N9CDX 2018-01-16 30m FT8 EN41 United States William T Halse
OE3LZA 2018-01-14 20m SSB Austria Laila Zaidan
N2GHR 2018-01-14 40m FT8 FN30 United States PAUL M ZIMINSKI
AL7LO 2018-01-13 17m FT8 BP51 Alaska David H Heimke
K0XB 2018-01-13 17m FT8 DM12 United States Richard J Borken
PY2XC 2018-01-13 17m FT8 GG66 Brazil CARLOS
AA6PW 2018-01-13 17m FT8 DM03 United States BOB D HARRINGTON
NF3R 2018-01-13 20m FT8 FN20 United States Joel R Rubincam
VE3XN 2018-01-13 20m FT8 EN93 Canada Garry Vernon Hammond
VE3SIZ 2018-01-13 40m FT8 FN03 Canada Steve Goodman
JJ1NYH 2018-01-13 40m FT8 PM95 Japan Hideki BABA
W1RQ 2018-01-06 40m FT8 FN42 United States Bradley M Roope

Book Totals: 1180 qso's   230 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#8294
Granted: 2018-01-02 09:56:03   (KF5UMC)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#18271
Granted: 2018-01-02 09:52:03   (KF5UMC)

  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#12573
Granted: 2016-04-12 17:48:22   (KF5UMC)

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