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As of 24 December 2017, I am primarily operating once again from my Dad's location in Tennessee via remote.  Unless otherwise specified, contacts with me after that date count for Tennessee.

Greetings from the heart of Silicon Valley, where I am employed in the tech industry.

I was licensed as KE4QDZ in 1994 at the age of 13, and was active from 1994-1997 and again from 2000 to 2003 from Tennessee.  When I became interested in the hobby again in 2014, I built a remote station at my Dad's which worked fine until it was directly hit by lightning in July 2015.  Damage was limited to my gear only but I lost my rig and some ancillary equipment.  My autotuner was vaporized -- impressive.  I abandoned the idea of the remote station at that time.

Since late 2015 I have had a small station at my home in Palo Alto, California.  It consists of a K4KIO hexbeam at about 25 feet, and a dipole up a similar height.  Noise is a persistent problem at this suburban QTH so I primarily operate 20 meters and up only.  At this station I run an FTDX-3000 and an FL-7000 500 watt amplifier.  I have an Acom 1500 1.5 kW amplifier but due to the close quarters with neighbors and lack of convenient 240 volt service I am afraid to fire it up.

In December 2017, noting that low bands were on the rise again, I decided to revive my Tennessee station.  It is built into a wall at my long-suffering father's house in Oak Ridge.  I have an inverted L (approximately 100' tall and then horizontal) for 160 and 80, a doublet at 70 feet for 40 and 30, and my backup doublet from 2014 which is not currently connected.  Coverage on 20 meters and up is spotty and just depends on how the antenna systems and tuners are feeling that day.  My primary kit consists of a TS-480HX, a KPA-500, and my homemade, self-designed Remote Rig clone using a Raspberry Pi.

In 2015/2016, I was part of the "back office team" on VK0EK Heard Island.  If you enjoyed the "instant LoTW" feature, that was me!  Also, I operated remotely as VK0LD for a short period of time, the first time ever for remote operation from a tents-and-generator expedition.  See: http://www.arrl.org/news/the-other-heard-island-dxpedition-vk0ld 

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


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