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Page last updated on May 8, 2017.

I return QSL's 100%. I love collecting QSL cards, so please send me one. I will promptly return one to you! I do not require a SASE. If you send your card, I will send you mine! If you want to know if you are in my log, there is a search window at the bottom of my page.

I currently live in North Pole, Alaska. My family and I have been in Alaska for the past six plus years. We love it and have no intentions of ever leaving the state. :)

I got my Ham Technician Ticket in Bethel, Alaska on November 14, 2014. Upgraded to General on December 6, 2014. I upgraded to Extra on November 5, 2016. My wife, Kayla, is KL3ZM. She is a technician. Hope to get her to upgrade to General soon.

I enjoy boating, snow machining, camping, hunting, trapping, and fishing. Lots to do here on the Last Frontier.

My Radio Gear includes the following:

  • Alinco DJ-V57 Dual Band HT
  • Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band HT
  • Yaesu FT-2900R, VHF 2 meter mobile
  • Kenwood TS-430S, HF 10-160 meters 
  • Kenwood TS-450SAT, HF 10-160 meters
  • Drake L4 Linear Amplifier, 10 -80 meters - 1KW
  • MFJ-962D 1.5 KW Antenna Tuner
  • G5RV, 10 - 80 meters
  • Tuned receive loop for 160 meters, thanks to help from KL7AJ. :) See below for more info.
  • G3TXQ Homebrew Hex Beam, 6 - 20 meters mounted at 45' with a Ham II rotator
  • Speed-X CW Straight Key

HF SSB is by far my favorite mode of operation, but I also get on IRLP from time to time. I have just learned CW and am slowly making contacts. :) I am interested in multiple digital modes and just ordered the audio and CAT cables for my rig.

See below for a video made by EB1DJ in Spain after a recent QSO with KL7HRN and I. Alex did an excellent job with the editing! :)



My radio room.


My home brew hex beam. Built completely from scratch as the directions show on hex-beam.com. Recently upgraded from a mast to a 40' tower. The Hex Beam is now sitting at nearly 45'.

Mounting the hex beam. Thanks to Mike, AL7KC, for the help on the ground!





My previous installation with the mast. It worked, but I am much happier with my tower now!

I cut the base plate out of 3/16" aluminum with a side grinder and then smoothed out the edges with a belt sander. Turned out pretty good. I enjoyed building this antenna. :)


My most recent home brew antenna is the 160 meter tuned loop. This is a very low noise receive antenna that Eric, KL7AJ, helped me build. I recently took it to a friend's house to compare receive signals to his 2 wavelength 160 meter loop. The noise level on the big loop was S9. We found an incoming SSB signal that was S9+, with lots of background noise, and then switched to the little tuned loop. The incoming signal and background noise did not move the S meter, but was a good, solid, easy to hear, arm chair copy. The little loop is vertically polarized and has a very sharp null broadside to it that makes a huge difference on noise level. I was very impressed that this little antenna could compete with the 2 wave loop for receive. 


Inside the Heathkit SB-221.


Recently picked up a Drake L-4B for a friend and an L-4 for myself. Both needed some repairs to get on the air. Was a fun project.



I don't know about you, but I think it is pretty neat to be able to listen to AM radio without any power source at all. Just a simple circuit and a high impedance earphone.


A recent winter camping trip. Notice the antenna? Checked into the Sniper's net on 3.920 in the evening. :)


This is a good example of the whole Y-K Delta around Bethel where I used to live.


The Kisaralik River.


My boat is a 16' Lund SSV with a Mercury 60/40 four-stroke jet. 


Got to within 75 yards of this resting moose for the picture. This was the first day of fall hunting season in 2014. No way I was going to kill and pack this moose clear back to the boat from where I was.


Spent a good bit of time in summer 2014 scouting for brown bear. A friend and I went hunting and he took this bear. The hide squared to 8'6". Skull 25 15/16"





Walking a trapline on the Yukon River the first year I was here in Alaska.



A couple photos from the Bethel Fire Department when I worked there.



I decided to leave the fire department for a law enforcement career. It was a very good choice. I enjoy my job. I owe God the credit for strength each day.



I update Club Log periodically, but not as often as QRZ and LOTW. If we spoke before the date of the most recent QSO shown here, you should be in my log. If you think you should be in there and are not, contact me.




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World Continents Award#17425
Granted: 2017-05-08 11:32:02   (KL3ZJ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Award#3074
Granted: 2017-04-20 00:08:02   (KL3ZJ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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United States Counties Award#5834
Granted: 2017-01-24 22:52:02   (KL3ZJ)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#15027
Granted: 2017-01-24 22:49:03   (KL3ZJ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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