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Note: due to lightning damage, my Tennessee station has been offline since the beginning of July, 2015.  I am currently QRV from California.

I was first licensed as a Tech Plus at age 13 in 1994, with callsign KE4QDZ.  At that time, I lived in Tennessee.  I upgraded to Advanced in late 1994, and then to Extra in 1995.  I obtained my current call in 2000.  I was very active as a DXer from 1994 to 1997 with 100 watts and a dipole, and managed to work about 250 countries.  I then was QRT from 1997-2000, and again from 2003-2014.  I am now back on the air from California, and am eager to make up for lost time.  I mostly work CW (95%) with some occasional SSB and data thrown in.

Currently, I have the following equipment at the Tennessee station:

  • Kenwood TS-480HX, 200 watts capable.
  • Remote Rig remote control system.
  • 40-meter doublet (~70' long, ~55' high), tuned with MFJ-993B, 200 watts maximum.
  • 80-meter doublet (~135' long, ~70' high), tuned with MFJ-994BRT.
  • Elecraft KPA-500 (80-meter doublet only).  Rarely used.
  • 10/15/20-meter fixed wire beam, up ~40'.  Built specifically for FT4TA.  Currently aloft but disconnected.  Parallel to and lower than 80-meter doublet.
  • Signalink USB digital interface.
  • Dell PC (Core2 Quad, 3.15 GHz) for digital modes.
  • Ethernet controlled power strip, etc.
  • <=1000-foot Beverage receive antenna for Europe planned for Spring 2015.

My station is built into a wall at Dad's.  The 80-meter doublet is located 300 feet from the house.  It is fed with LMR-400 and has a small table in the woods built of scrap lumber, supporting the MFJ-994BRT and a DX Engineering balun.  Here are some photos showing the Tennessee site in Summer, Autumn, and Winter.  I've also included a few showing installation.

Shooting lines for initial antenna installation, July 2014Site of first antenna, July 2014KK4VAU helps with initial antenna setup


When I'm not DXing, I enjoy hiking and international travel.  Hope to hear you on the air soon!



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