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I love to send and receive paper QSL's.  I also upload all of my contacts to LoTW. 

ex- KA4ZTB

I passed my 5 WPM Novice exam when I was 12, took my written exam just after my 13th birthday and received my ticket 6 weeks after that.  That was back on the not-so-good old days when you had to check the mailbox every day to see if you passed or not.  Within a year I passed the 13 WPM General CW exam, and with the help of several great elmers in the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club and a very supportive non-ham dad, I put together my first station: a Hallicrafters SR-500 "Tornado" (80-20 meters, 500 watts input), an 80 meter dipole hidden on my apartment roof, and a 12 channel crystal-controlled Swan 2 meter transceiver to a half-wave vertical dipole.  A couple of years later, upgraded to Advanced, sold the Hallicrafters, and bought my first new HF rig: a Kenwood TS-430s (that was 3 years before I bought my first car: a Mustang).

I've had many long periods of inactivity while my hobby took a back seat to the more immediate concerns of life, but I've always kept my license active with the intention of getting back into ham radio "someday".  Even though they stayed boxed up for years, I faithfully lugged my Kenwood radio and Bencher CW paddle with me from home-to-home until I finally settled down.  I'm still using it to this day.  It's a fine rig.  Too bad I don't still have the Mustang.


This is an 80 meter CW transmitter built on an old rat trap usinf parts from an old TV.  The PC board is a piece of copper pipe flattened out with a hammer.

Pictured above is a home-brew 80 meter CW transmitter (QRPp) built on an old rat trap using parts from an old TV soldered to a piece of flattened-out copper pipe. In the background is a homebrew direct conversion receiver.  The frequency counter was built from a kit (AADE.com) and just behind the receiver is a silver box that contains an audio preamp+amplifier+speaker (it's nice to have an already-built AF stage handy when breadboarding receivers...it's one less section to build and you can use it as a signal tracer in a pinch).  Most of the time my operating position looks like this.  I imagine if you could see inside my brain it would look like this as well.


A couple other projects I've worked on: (left) a closer look at that homebrew DC receiver pictured above with the Rat Trap Transmitter.  (Right) A nonfunctioning Radio Shack DX-160 shortwave receiver that I restored a few years ago.









This is Harpo.  He inspects the quality of my solder joints by swiping my projects from the workbench to the floor when I'm not looking.  Harpo enjoys CW, although his fist is a little rough.  Hey, Harpo...QLP (send with the left paw)!





For those of you who wonder about such things, this is what the author of this bio looks like in the IR spectrum (left) and visible spectrum (right, with master gardener Floyd).









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DX World Award#4813
Granted: 2016-12-07 18:12:33   (KM4VR)

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World Continents Award#9676
Granted: 2015-07-07 18:16:29   (KM4VR)

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