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Update** Photos of antenna and shack are old and should be looked at as a past record of my old QTH. I will post updated photos soon. My new loop is over 950 foot long, yes over 280 meters in length and it is nearly invisible among the backdrop of the forest on my property. 

Update** I have now found great joy in working PSK31 on my Flex6300 using Fldigi software. I am working much of the northern hemisphere on a mere 20 watts at times 30 watts. Very effeceint communication method indeed. 

Note** I only use LOTW for record collaboration. I use Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP - a great piece of software. I do not exchange log confirmation on QRZ. I also prefer old school snail mail qsl cards. I do not like the digital stuff. It does not feel real to me like holding a 3x5 postcard does. Plus its hard to tape eQSL cards on my wall. Please do not expect eQSL from me. I will not do it. 

About me! 

Hello from KK4YDR - Eric. I am located in the state of GA, although a Montanan at heart, since I lived there and will be moving back as soon as we can. I believe HF is the most fun in Ham radio for me, having tried various bands, including VHF, UHF, and even dabbled in EHF/SHF (while in military). 

I operate 90% out of my home and 10% out of my mobile stations respectively. 

SHACK GEAR

  • Flex Radio Systems 6300 Signature series transceiver .
  • Ameritron ALS-1306 (Absolutely LOVE this amplifier)
  • Ameritron AL-800H amplifier. Has two 3cx800A7 tubes and can do legal limit  (1500 watts in the USA). 
  • MFJ-828 digital wattmeter and standing wave bridge
  • Palstar BT1500A double L network balanced line tuner
  • WestMountain Radio CLRDSP for a speaker amplifier as well as additional layer of DSP (not really needed since I upgraded to the Flex6300). There really is nothing this radio can't do better than pretty much anything on the market.
  • Alinco DM-330V 32amp 12v switching power supply. 
  • Homebrew 160m 2x wavelength (950+ foot) loop for all HF bands. (Not a cloud warmer)
  • KF4BWG made "horsefence" dipole antenna tuned for 80 meters resonant.  
  • SteppIR BigIR vertical antenna with 80meter loading coil addon.
  • Loop antenna is fed with Wireman 551 16 guage stranded 450ohm ladder line. 
  • Dipole is fed with RG8X 50 ohm cable. 
  • Vertical is fed with RG8x 50 ohm cable
  • DX Engineering Active Vertical RX antennas with DXEng RG-6 Flooded 75ohm cable
  • DX Engineering NCC-1 Noise Phasing System
  • NOT PICTURED (will update soon) - Heil PR781G microphone on cheap no name boom. Thank you K4WDR - Bill Roberson for the wonderful microphone! 

MOBILE GEAR

  • Icom IC-7000 100 watt all mode radio
  • Tunematic screwdriver antenna controller
  • Better RF tune controller and screwdriver controller. Thank you Alan Applegate, K0BG, for the working Tune Contol. 
  • Scorpion SA680 6-80m screwdriver antenna 
  • all barefoot (would like an amplifier one of these days)

I throughly enjoy the challenge of mobile operations. It is truly rewarding to hear a station with a pileup hammering them, drop what they are doing, and call for the mobile station with the big signal over all the other people trying to break through. It is fulfilling to know that you must have done everything right to ensure that level of signal, not discounting good electromagnetic atmospheric conditions of course. 

Below are some photos of my little humble shack as it sits now. Note the lack of awards on the wall. I am not an award chaser, though one day I will earn one I am sure. I enjoy rag chewing and not a whole lot more. Though one day I will try digital modes especially since I have a flex radio now. 

Here is a photo of the latest addition, an Ameritron ALS-1306 Solid State 160-6m 1200 watt amplifier. 

Here is my antenna layout: 

DX Engineering Active Receive Verticals into my NCC-2

(Old station Photos - new ones coming soon at the new house)

 

 

 

What I see before a big storm hits... every horizontal line on the panadaptor on the Flex is a lightning crash (lightning strike somewhere)

The image below is me working PSK31 and 75m Phone at the same time! Thank you FlexRadio for making a truly awesome Radio. Can work digital and phone at 

the same time. 

 

THESE PICTURES ARE MY OLD HOME - But I left them for archive. 

Loop Antennae (Sorry kind of hard to get a good picture of these, the wire is so dark and so thin its invisble in the backdrop)

 

Mobile Pictures

An older picture of Scorpion SA680. I know its not a great photo. Many changes since then. 

I will upload some more mobile pictures here just as soon as I remember too. Thanks for your patience. 

Here are some photos of Georgia, where I live now: 

 

Here are some photos from Montana (My old town of Bozeman, and soon to be my town again)

This is an incomplete bio... please pardon my dust during construction. 

 

Go Navy and Semper Fi Marine Corps, my brothers. I served 10 years in the United States Navy! 

 

 

 

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