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I've been licensed since 2014 and currently own five radios; an Icom ID-51A HT, a Kenwood TH-D72A & TH-F6A HT, a Yaesu FT-60R HT, and a Yaesu FT-817ND all-band all-mode portable transceiver.

For VHF/UHF work, I use the FT-60R with an N9TAX roll-up slim jim antenna as a base station, a Diamond MR77 mag mount as a mobile station and a Diamond RH77CA as a portable station for 2 meter and 70 centimeter FM repeater & simplex work. The TH-F6A is used with a Diamond SRH320A for 1.25 meters. I also use the FT-817ND with an LNR Precision EF-6 Trail-Friendly end-fed half wave antenna for working 6 meter Sporadic-E openings.

For HF work, I use the FT-817ND as a base and portable QRP station with an LNR Precision EFT 10/20/40 Trail-Friendly tri-band end-fed half wave antenna for 10, 20 & 40 meters and LNR Precision EF-17, EF-15, & EF-12 end-fed half wave antennas for 17, 15, and 12 meters suspended from a 31 foot Jackite collapsable mast in a sloper configuration and fed with 30 feet of RG-213A/U mil-spec coax. The rig is powered by a 12V 9AH SLA battery.

I use the Icom ID51A for D-STAR with a Shark RF openSPOT hotspot to connect to D-STAR and DMR reflectors & repeaters and am usually on Ref001C.

I also enjoy using my radios to work FM voice and linear transponder amatuer radio satellites with an Arrow 146/437-10WBP hand held dual band Yagi antenna. I also use the TH-D72A for digipeating APRS beacons & messages through the International Space Station (ISS) and NO-84 (PSAT) & FalconSAT-3 packet satellites.

I do not operate an unattended beacon & am live at the keypad when working the ISS & NO-84 digipeaters so if you see my KK6OTJ-7 beacon during an ISS, NO-84 or FalconSAT-3 pass please send me a message via APRS messaging & I will gladly reply for a qso.

When I'm not working HF or AmSats, I'm usually on the WIN System, PAPA System and Condor Connection linked repeater networks and also monitor 146.52 MHz when mobile. My current goal is to learn more about and get involved in working with the various digital modes, primarily packet for VHF/UHF and RTTY, PSK-31 & JT-65 for HF. I would also like to explore 2m/70cm weak signal SSB. I use the QRZ logbook & eQSL and will gladly exchange paper QSL cards, no SASE necessary.



My portable FM satellite station for full duplex FM voice and APRS satellite work consisting of a Kenwood THD-72A HT, Arrow 146/437-10WBP antenna, Sony MDR-V150 headphones and a Sony ICD-UX533 digital voice recorder.

My Yaesu FT-817ND base/portable QRP station with a Power-Sonic 12V 9AH SLA battery and Kenwood HS-5 headphones, operating backyard portable.

31 foot Jackite pole with LNR Precision Par EndFedz 10/20/40 meter triband set up as a sloper, operating backyard portable.


My collection of LNR Precision Par EndFedz antennas, 10/20/40 meter tri-band and 17, 15, 12 & 6 meter mono band, all Trail-Friendly versions.

How I mount my Par End Fed Halfwave antennas. I bungee cord the Jackite pole to an aluminum sand spike surf fishing rod holder. I then use a piece of tie down cord with one end attached to the end insulator of the wire antenna and the other end of the cord attached to a small Nite Ize S-Biner clip. The S-biner clips onto a metal ring at the tip of the Jackite pole.

My Yaesu FT-60R HT in a cupholder mount with Yaesu speaker mic & Vertex speaker for operating mobile.

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