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I have long been fascinated with Ham Radio but never took the initiative to explore the hobby until 2012.  With the harassment encouragement of WK4U, I studied for and received my Technician license in September 2012.  I obtained my General license October 2012.

I dabble in a bit of everything Ham Radio related, from building my own antennas, kit building, micro controllers (Arduino), Raspberry Pi (and other single-board computers) and anything digital from APRS to SDRs to WISPR.

I am most intrigued by QRP so IF you hear me on HF, I'm most likely operating 5 watts or less.

At The House:

We've moved! All contacts logged before February 2015, should use grid EM74sc. Contacts logged after February 2015, should use grid EM74te.


For HF work, my radio of choice is an Elecraft KX3 (+KXFL3 +KXAT3 +KXBC3).  My current antenna is a 40m vertical doublet fed with ladder line terminated into an LDG 4:1 balun.  I've got the room for it, so I plan on hanging an 80m horizontal doublet this year and maybe an 80m or 160m (TBD) horizontal loop as well.


All logging is done through CQRLog for Linux. I upload my logs to Logbook Of The World.


For VHF/UHF work, I've constructed a Go Box for use at home which can be deployed for emergency use.


Top panel has a USB 5v 1A/2.1A charger & 12v cigarette lighter adapter.
Goal Zero USB gooseneck light for illumination (plug in when necessary, not shown)
SignaLink USB
MFJ-4230MVP for DC power
MFJ-383 amplified speaker
Yaesu FTM-350 w/ built-in GPS, APRS capabilities


Furman M-8x^2 for AC power (MFJ-4230 is the only thing plugged into this)
RigRunner 4005
N8XJX Battery Booster
PWRgate PG40S
2x VHF/UHF connectors (only one hooked up at this time)
12v Anderson PP input for 70AHr AGM battery (not shown)

Summits On The Air:

As my family has grown, so have my family responsibilities.  Unfortunately, SOTA (along with most of my Ham activities) takes a back seat.  Should I have the opportunity to get a hike in, I use the same Elecraft KX3 powered with 8 Eneloop XX 2550mah batteries to get the job done. At this time my antenna choice is 50' of speaker wire cut into a NorCal Doublet.  Although it works well, speaker wire isn't very durable, so I've broken a few of them in the field.  I have plans to build a more robust backpacking antenna but haven't made the time to do it yet.

You can see my meager SOTA stats here: Activator Log, Chaser Log, Summit-to-Summit Log.

I have logged all activations prior to March 2014 using the callsign KK4LOV. Effective March 2014, I will use KK4LOV/P to log all future SOTA activations. Please update your logs accordingly, thanks!

Finally, thanks to those of you who have sent me a QSL card. I promise to return the favor when I finally print a batch!

I am a member of these clubs/organizations:

Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL)
North Fulton Amateur Radio League (NFARL)
North Georgia QRP Club (NOGA)
Cherokee County ARES

You can read Ham Radio related content on my blog here.


72 de KK4LOV


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