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Thank you for visiting my page. Please call me Gil

I was first licensed in 1991as KD4HDW. My mentors are "world class" hams W4SLT, WA5KSC; W4STR; and others. One can never have enough Elmers.

I am currently running a Yaesu FT-950 into a Carolina Windom that is up 30 feet (9M). I also have a 6 meter beam by M2, and a 10 meter beam by Hy-Gain. I have a homemade fan dipole for 20, 17, 15 and 12M.   As back-up rigs, I have a Yaesu FT-857 for SOTA expeditions and a FT-890.  For my WWFF activations, I will be using an Elecraft KX3 and Super Antanna System's DX mobile antenna, as well as an end fed dipole.

Despite having a limited station, I enjoy contesting. 

I like the digital modes, especially JT65 and JT-9 using a Digi Keyer II interface by MicroHam. It is an excellent CW and RTTY interface. I have experimented with MSK144 and some SSTV. 

I am proud to have my DXCC for 10, 15 and 20 Meters in CW and mixed modes.  I recently earned the ARRL Triple Play Award.   I was also fortunate in getting 187 confirmed NPOTA contacts.

I have been honored with receiving several ARRL contest awards for top scores here in the Palmetto State. I am a member of the Swamp Fox Contest Group. This organization is composed of many outstanding contesters throughout South Carolina.

I was one of the designated ARRL Centennial Stations for the 100 year anniversary. It was great to be on the receiving side of a pile-up instead of in it! 

I have installed solar panels on my outside building, and am quite pleased with how well they work. This enables me to have an alternative energy source for emergency communications.

I have also activated Sassafras Mountian as a Summits on the Air station. SOTA is fun, and I have enough points to earn the Shack Sloth award. (1,000 points for working other SOTA stations.)

I hope to activate two parks for the World Wide Flora and Fauna event this coming year. I live close to two designated parks - Keowee Toxaway State Park and Jocassee State Park. 

I am an active member of the ARRL, the Keowee-Toxaway ARC.

If you desire more information, here is a link to my personal Upstate Amateur Radio in South Carolina 






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