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I was first licensed in May of 1989 as KB9CWI and upgraded to Technician Class in June of 1989 with the call sign N9IQG.  I attained my General Class license in February of 1990 and achieved Advanced Class with my current KF9AF call in November of 1990.  I've been a DXer almost from the beginning, thanks to Frank, WB9NOV.  I made the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll a few years back.  I'm not too much of an award junkie, although I did get the LoTW Triple Play Award #216 under my belt in March 2009.  Most of the time, I just like working DX.  I operate primarily SSB, do some RTTY and the little bit of CW I work is with the aid of a computer.  Yah, I know, it's like cheating...

As of August 2016, my DXCC counts are as follows:

Mixed  344
CW  193
Phone  339
Digital  126
I have DXCC on these bands so far: 10, 12, 15,17,20,40
My homebrew PCs powering both stations:

Station #1 consists of a networked Flex 6500, Heil HM-10 Dual, running into a SPE Expert 1.3K-FA amplifier.  Output is monitored with a PowerMaster meter.  Audio from the Flex6500 is brought to the ear through a Klipsch Pro-Media 2.1, powered speaker system.  (The sub-woofer can be seen to the right of the PCs in the photo above.)  12VDC is provided by an Astron RS-35M through a RigRunner fuse block and all Anderson PowerPole connectors.  Computing is handled with a homebrew AMD FX6300 6-Core, 3.5GHz processor PC, utilizing 2-20", and a 24" wide screen monitor.  Software is SmartSDR for the Flex, HRD, Digital Master, HRD Logbook, FLDIGI, DDUtil and VE7CC's CC-User (linked with HRD Logbook) for the DX Cluster.  A TH-11 is rotated with a Hygain DCU-2 and controlled with Ham Radio Deluxe's Rotor Control.

2M and 70cm FM work is handled by a Yaesu FT-7900.

Station #2 (Photo not current) Consists of a Yaesu FT-991, LP-100A watt meter, a homebrew AMD 4-Core 3.2GHz computer into a 24" Dell monitor and a 32" Samsung TV/monitor. Software is HRD, JT65-HB9HQX, VE7CC's CC-User and various other programs. Power is provided by a second Astron RS-35M.  This station is dedicated more to Digital communications, plus 2M and 70cm SSB work.  Backup 2M and 70cm FM is handled by a Kenwood, TM-721A.

I'm lucky enough to have two towers…

Tower #1 is 62', with 4' of mast pipe out the top, and supports a 3-element SteppIR, with the 30/40M  trombone and the 6m passive element.  This antenna is turned with a Ham IV rotor.

Tower #2 is 67' of Rohn 25 about 110' behind the house, with 7' of mast pipe out the top of the tower.  It supports a Cushcraft TH-11, turned by a Hygain TX2.  This tower includes an Ultimax8040 dipole, apexed at 65'.

My other money pit:  A 1956 Ford F-100 I've owned for over 31 years.  Currently has a 454 Big Block Chevy, TH400 transmission and a 2.75-posi, Ford 9".

The power plant during the build:

I am a member of the ARRL, and the Madison DX Club.

Only Direct QSLs are answered, if they include an SASE.  Better yet, use LoTW!

73 and see you on the bands!

Mike KF9AF

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World Continents Award#13835
Granted: 2016-05-30 15:10:03   (KF9AF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12480
Granted: 2016-05-30 15:10:02   (KF9AF)

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