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My intrest in radios and Amateur radio started as a child growing up.  My earliest radio memories were during family road trips which always involved citizen band radios.  My father Ronald L. Karcher, Shortcut, and my grandfather Louis F. Karcher, Shrimp Mate, were always on their CB radios while traveling.  I also became involved in Citizen Band radios as a child and teenager.

My grandfather worked as the chief radio engineer at a local radio station WJBW in New Orleans between 1936-1946.  He was also the announcer when the station went on and off the air.  While at WJBW he worked with Ted "The Old Redhead" Andrews.  He worked for a short time as a radio operator on a banana boat that traveled between Mobile Alabama and Cuba. During WWII he also worked as a radio operator and CW operator for the Port of Embarkation in New Orleans.  During WWII he also worked as a civillian radio operator and CW operator for the Navy and Army.  My father has since given me my grandfather's Bunnell Martin Flash Key which he used during WWII.  My enjoyment of CB radio, hearing about my grandfather's radio experiences and seeing pictures of my grandfather at the radio station all furthered my interest in Amateur radio, but I never made the effort to get licensed. 

In 2015 my son and I saw a Amateur radio demonstration at a Cub Scout event at the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge Louisiana.   My son loved the radios and the CW keys.  That day my son asked me to get a Amateur radio.  That made up my mind and I started studying, in 2015 I passed the Technician and General exams.  I passed my Amateur Extra exam in 2017.  One day my son will get his license as well.  My next goal is to learn CW and put my grandfathers Flash Key back on the air.

I took my Technician, General and Amateur Extra exams through the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club, W5GAD, http://w5gad.org/.  After testing I became a member of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club.  I am also a member of 100Watts and a Wire, #2035. 

My wife, daughter and son attended Field Day 2016 with me at the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club.  At the time my daughter was 13 years old and my son was eight years.  During Field Day 2016 everyone in my family made their first HF QSO's with the help of Michael C. Coulter, K5DKQ, Jerry Burg, N5GKJ, and Nicholas D. Frederick, W4NDF.

After her great experience at Field Day 2016 my wife Liz Karcher decided she wanted to become licensed.  In July of 2016 she passed the Technician exam and got her call sign KG5ONB.  She has also become a member of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club and is active on 2 Meters, 70cm and D-STAR.

At the age of 14 my daughter Ellie made her decision to become licensed.  She signed up for an "all the way in a day" Technician study group offered by the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club.  She prepared for the study group, attend the study group, passed the Technician exam.  Her sequential call sign was KG5TQK, her call now is N5LIT.  After getting licensed she has become a member of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club, a member of Y.A.C.H.T. Young Amateurs Communications Ham Team and is active on 2 Meters, 70cm, D-STAR and Echolink.   

Our HF sation is made up of an Icom IC-7300 with a homemade End Fed multiband antenna with 71 feet of wire.  Our station to work 2 Meters, 70cm as well as D-STAR is made up of an ICOM ID-5100 and a Diamond X300 antenna.  The End Fed and Diamond antennas are mounted at 27 feet.  We also have a DV3K Dongle for access to the D-STAR network.

I originally had a temporary HF station made up of a Kenwood TS-440S.  I must give credit to Jerry Burg, N5GKJ, and Mike C. Coulter, K5DKQ, for loaning me equipment and knowledge to get that station as well as my current station up and running.

I enjoyed being a "Chaser" during the ARRL National Parks on the Air event, working 313 National Parks on the Air units.  On November 6th, 2016 Jerry Burg, N5GKJ, Mike C. Coulter, K5DKQ, and I activated HP17 for the ARRL National Parks on the Air event.  It was a sucessful activation and I earned my "Activator" status.  HP17 is the Jean Lafitte Natioanl Historic Park and Preserve.  We activiated from the Chalmette Battle Field which is land administered by the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve.  The Chalmette Battle Field was the site of the Battle of New Orleans which was fought between January 8th and January 18th in 1815.  It was the Final major battle of the War of 1812.  On December 26th a group operators including myself from the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club again successfully activated HP17 from the Chalmette Battle Field.  On December 30th a group of opperators including myself from the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club activated HP31 the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, this also was a sucessful activation.  In total I activated 3 National Park units for the ARRL Natioanl Parks on the Air event.   

In March 2017 I received my Worked All States Award.  In December 2017 I received my Satellite VUCC Award.

My newest interest in the hobby has been working Amateur Radio Satellites.  After some email exchanges seeking advice on equipment from John Brier, KG4AKV, I decided on a Kenwood TH-D72 and an Arrow LEO Satellite antenna.  I began experimenting with trying to work APRS through the International Space Station.  Trying to learn more about working some FM satellites I contacted Adam Whitney, K0FFY, via email.  Adam was a huge help from teaching me some unwritten satellite rules, help with programming my radio, equipment advice and giving me the needed nudge to work my first pass of SO-50 in half duplex in September 2017.  Since becoming active in Amateur Radio Satellites all the operators I have been in contact with have been great.  Below in my pictures I have a map with the confirmed rid Squares I have worked via satellite so far.     

I started the D-STAR Net of Southeast Louisiana which is sponsored by the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club.  This net meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 9:00pm.  We meet on Reflector 048 Charlie.  I started the Net with the hopes of getting more amateurs in Southeast Louisiana active on D-STAR.  You do not have to be a member of any organization to participate and all are welcome.

I enjoy participating in local nets, making D-STAR contacts, HF digital contacts, HF/DX contacts, wokring Amateur Radio Satellites, Amatattending Jefferson Amateur Radio Club events and exchanging QSL cards. 

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Below is a picture my grandfather on the air at WJBW.

Below is a picture of the Bunnell Martin Flash Key my grandfather used during WWII.

Below is a picture of my grandfathers Port of Embarkation ID card.

Below is a picture of my wife Liz Karcher, KG5ONB, making her first HF QSO with the help of Mike Coulter, K5DKQ during Field Day 2016 at the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club house.

Below is a picture of my wife Liz Karcher, KG5ONB, making the homemade Slim Jim multiband antenna we used for our temporary VHF/UHF station.

Below are three pictures of my HF and VHF/UHF base station antennas both mounted at 27 feet.  The HF antenna is a homemade end fed multiband with 72 feet of wire, the VHF/UHF antenna is a Diamond X300.


Below is a picture of the confirmed Grid Squares I have Worked through Satellites.


Below is a picture of me from our NPOTA activation of HP17.

Below is a picture of myself, Jerry, N5GKJ, Mike, K5DKQ, from our NPOTA activation of HP17 from the view of a cannon.

Below is a picture of me from our NPOTA activation of HP31.

Below is a picture of me making some contacts with Mike, K5DKQ, helping me log during the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club activation of PT-305 for the 2017 Museum Ships on the Air weekend.

Below is a picture of PT-305 from the activation of PT-305 for the 2017 Museum Ships on the Air weekend.

Below is a picture of the Jefferson Amateur Radio Club, W5GAD.


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KG5GJT
Latest Contacts for KG5GJT at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
K1GUY 2018-01-22 40m FT8 FN42 United States KENNETH D STEINER
N9GEP 2018-01-22 40m FT8 EN54 United States Eugene J Hamus, Jr
KE7BC 2018-01-21 40m FT8 DM42 United States ROBERT S GENSLER
AA5WH 2018-01-21 40m FT8 EL09rn United States WILLIAM J HART, SR
WC3X 2018-01-21 40m FT8 FM29 United States ERROL W ISAACS
AE7KI 2018-01-21 40m LSB EM76jm United States Gerhard Rosam
WD4CVK 2018-01-21 40m FT8 EM74 United States JAMES F GORMAN
KC5CYY 2018-01-21 30m FT8 EM04 United States PAUL D GOULET
WA7LNW 2018-01-21 30m FT8 DM37 United States Jack M Reed
W8EMD 2018-01-21 30m FT8 FM06 United States JAMES E HOPE
WT9WT 2018-01-21 30m FT8 EM59 United States WILLIAM W TINSLEY, SR
KM4CZL 2018-01-21 30m FT8 FM05 United States DONALD H BULLA
N7QVU 2018-01-21 30m FT8 DM44 United States JERRY A WYATT
W5ZPA 2018-01-21 17m FT8 EL49 United States Michael W Mayer
N2CVS 2018-01-21 17m FT8 FN43 United States LAWRENCE D LOPEZ

Book Totals: 2367 qso's   824 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#18556
Granted: 2017-10-13 18:42:02   (KG5GJT)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#6877
Granted: 2017-07-13 20:43:28   (KG5GJT)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#16479
Granted: 2017-07-13 20:42:02   (KG5GJT)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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