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I am a retired electrical engineer who took up this hobby in 1969.  I held all of the license classes - Novice (WN4QIQ), Technician (WA4FYC), General and Advanced before going to Atlanta and taking the Extra exams (CW and written) in 1981 when I became licensed as KW4J.  I am a member of QCWA, TenTen, Fists, SKCC and several local radio clubs, including the Birmingham Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and the Shelby County Amateur Radio Club (SCARC).  I was president of BARC and SCARC twice each.  In addition, I am invovled with the BirminghHamFest and the Helena HamFest, which are held annually on March and October repectively.

I have a ARRL WAS and DXCC awards as well as eWAS with several endoresements for each.

I like to work digital modes (PSK and RTTY)  mostly, although recently I have been doing a lot of CW.  Ten meters is also a favorite, especially when the band is open.  However, I tend to work a lot of 17M phone when I am mobile

 

My modest radio station includes two independent HF locations:

- IC-7300 with an Ameritron ALS-600 solid state amplifier and an in-line MFJ Versa Tuner III.  The Versa Tuner is usually bypassed unless the ALS-600 is being used.

-Kenwood TS-590S also has a MFJ Versa Tuner III in line, which is bypassed most of the time.

Antennas presently include:

-A ground mounted DX Engineering 43ft vertical.  The16 buried radials are each 33feet long.

-A six meter 3 element yagi is temporarily mounted on TV poles, but it works great!

-A six meter Ringo Ranger is sitting on top of the radio shack, which is detached from the house.

-I have 40ft of Rohn 25G ready to go up with a 3 Element tribander, rotor, etc. waiting installation.  It should be up shortly.

I also have a lot of UHF/VHF equipment.

-ID-800H for DStar operation. (I monitor K4DSO whenever I am in the shack)

-FT-2900 2M for local nets and emcomm backup

-FT-1900 2M in the game room

-Alinco 225H 220Mhz xcvr, used mainly to connect with the local EMA's during emcomm conditions and training.

-I have many hand held uhf/vhf xcvrs, as I like to toy around with them.  Included in the mix are

  -KW D-72A which is a really good APRS unit, especially with its digipeating capability

  -ID-51A DStar capable handy is fun to play with, especially with its GPS ability to find the closest DStar repeaters.

  -Several Chinese hand-held units.

I have a GoKit that consists of an IC-703, 12VDC power supply, antennas, SignaLink interface which I use these mostly for Field Day and traveling, but it is a great emcomm station. 

I also have a F-150 Pickup with an IC-7000 and Tarheel Screwdriver (TurboTuner tuner).  I have worked both locally and around the world with this unit.  One time I even got into Indonesia on a rare opening!

 

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