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Welcome to my Amateur Radio Site  -----------    NA5GA

I’m fairly new to this hobby but have found it to be both challenging and fascinating.  I took my Technician and General test the same day in on October 5th of 2013 and then tested for and passed the Extra exam on March 1, 2014. Having had no background in Radio, I found the Extra test to be a challenge equal to any I have ever had in my working life – but the information learned in preparation for this Extra test and the possibilities now open to me makes the long hard hours well worthwhile.

Now that I’ve retired, I plan to spend a lot of time learning my equipment and developing operating skills. CW is on the horizon as well but that will have to wait a bit till I catch up on learning Morse code.

We live in an HOA contracted subdivision in Edmond, Oklahoma so my antenna options are very limited. Fortunately we have a cooperative association President and Architectural Review Committee and I was able to get a special dispensation to have my Hy-Gain AV640 up in the air from time to time.

                     

The wind is hard out of the Southwest at 40 MPH                            The AV 640 is 49 feet up in the air

All they ask is that it be laid down when not in use for an extended period of time.  That’s an easy enough task with the DX Engineering fold over plate attached to my main support. Naturally, one antenna is never enough so I also have 10 through 40 meters in the attic - two times – one running east and west for north - south use – and one running north and south for east – west use. The north – south fan dipole is up and running nicely and the east – west is still a work in progress. For field operations I have a MFJ “Big Ears” Dipole on a 38 foot fiberglass mast.

I've built a Radio Station out in the back yard -- it's only 14 feet by 16 feet but it serves the purpose very well and gives me a nice place to tinker with things and experiment a bit now and then.

 

                     

         The "Shack" in the back yard                                                     A closer look at the front of the Shack         

I have a Yaesu FTdx3000D as my rig for the station and it works just as well for Field Operations. A Yaesu FT 8900R is my mobile rig and a Yaesu FT 270R is my hand held unit. When the going gets rough, I kick in an Ameritron AL 811H Amplifier but try to keep it at no more than 500 Watts even though it easily handles 800 Watts. I use a DenTron MT-2000A as my antenna tuner and I'm convinced it could tune a barbed wire fence.

                                       

                My modest station rig.                                                    A little closer look at the "rough" layout   -

                                                                                                                       it's a work in progress 

                  

      QRZ Log and Google Earth                                Portable Antenna - MFJ's "Big Ears"   35 ft. up

 

There is no way that my modest set up – with the restrictions imposed by my limited budget and our Home Owners Association on antennas - will be able to win contests – but there is more to life than contesting. I like to do a bit of rag chewing now and then and just talk to interesting people where ever I may run across them on the air waves.

The N3FJP Logging Progarm is my primary logging system and I confirm all contacts that I've made. I also upload weekly to QRZ and to Club Log as well as ARRL's LoTW     logging system and I use    eQSL    for every contact made also.

I'm not real interested in "Political Correctness" and tend to wander away from the ITU Phonetic Alphabet from time to time so if you hear:     "NORTH AMERICA 5 GREAT AMERICA" ------ that will be me LOL

Thanks for visiting and 73’s

Gery – NA5GA -- ( Previously KN5GLA)

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