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Hello and thanks for looking me up!

I have been trying to learn this monster for about 15 years and am really bad, but I still enjoy it.

You can call me Lynn.  Although a Louisianian by birth, I have lived most of my adult life a bit north of Atlanta, Georgia in a town named Cumming located in Forsyth county. 

I'm interested and dabble in astronomy with a local club and the idea of talking to the International Space Station during a sidewalk event really caught on with me and that is what lead me down the Ham Radio road.  

In October 2014 I got my Technician's license and a Baofeng HT which soon lead to a Yaesu 7900r dual band mobile.  I threw together a droopy ground plane antenna as a temporary solution, but it worked well enough that I used it for 2 years before deciding to make something sexier.  

It only took until January 2015 to upgrade to General and buy my Yaesu 450D.  For the first month or so I was only on 10m with a quick and dirty homemade dipole.  Unlike my VHF/UHF droopy ground plane, I didn't use it long.  I've upgraded to a 80m OCF that works very well with my 450D's internal tuner on 80, 40, 20, 17, 12, 10, and 6 meters.  I've dabbled with an end fed long wire and a few other setups, but the 40m OCF seems to work really well for me so it is still my goto antenna.

A big THANKS should go out to Peter, KG4OKG, for being my Elmer and being a prime cause in making me spend lots of money on yet another hobby.  Thanks Peter!  ;-)

KM4IGC, my XYL, got her Technician license the same time I upgraded to General.  She has only been on the air a few times so I give her grief all the time.  UPDATE:  I can no longer give my YL a hard time.  She managed to contact the studio stage of Last Man Standing in only a few tries.  I on the otherhand have not!

Another 2016 goal is to learn CW.  I have been studying for a while now and found that sending isn't nearly as hard as receiving.  My receiving needs a lot of work.  I have been able to get two contacts so far, but they were both the best and worked with me and it had to be painful for them both, but got the contacts.  

June 25, 2016 - It's Field Day!  And better yet, I just passed my Extra Class test!  Woohoo!  Now I'm an Extra and have a new call - KW4WL.  Somewhat sad and already missing my KM4FAR call sign, but the new one is shorter and has a nice ring to it.

January 2017 - Another year has come and gone.  I've still been mastered by CW so need to continue on that this year, but I also picked up a used FT-817ND.  I hope to use it with the Scouts at this summer's Sea Base trip as long as other outtings.  So 2017 is the year of QRP for me!  (Ooh, that sounds like the start of a new QSL card.  Hummmmmm)

Thanks for looking me up and if we talked, please send me a QSL card.  I'll be more than happy to send you one back.

In the meantime, may the propigation be with you,

73

KW4WL (Previously KM4FAR) - Lynn

Current Station:
- Radios: Yaesu 450D, Yaesu FT-7900R, Yaseu FTM-400DR, Yaesu FT-817ND, ICOM IC-7000, a few Baofeng HTs, and SDRPlay Receiver
- Antennas: Homebrew 80m OCF, Cushcraft MA-5VA vertical, longwire on the SDRPlay, and homebrew ground plain on VHF/UHF
- Extras: Signalink, MFJ Antenna Analyzer, Old laptop, Navy Flame Proof Straight Key.
Software: Mostly the Ham Radio Deluxe suite and SDR-Console

The following is just some random thoughts and pictures.

My first homemade antenna.

Protecting it from the elements.Still running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first Ham project after getting my license and a mobile VHF/UHF rig, was building this quick and dirty "temporary" antenna, but truth it has worked so well that I used it for over two years!  I used a small plastic bowl and some hot glue to give the PL connector a bit of weather protection.

 

My shack started off as the radio on the kitchen couter, but later it progressed to a desk in the basement and looks more like a station should.  I've added a lot more "boxes" and do-dads since either of these pictures were taken.  

For Christmas, my wife, KM4IGC, got me an SDRPlay device from http://www.sdrplay.com/.  I've tried various software but currently using SDR-Console by Simon Brown.  That's the same fella that originally wrote Ham Radio Deluxe.  I thought I would have fun with SDR, but to my suprise it has become a useful addition to the shack.  I've used it to identify and take care of interferance that I otherwise thought was atmospheric, easily spot where communications are taking place, finding people calling CQ, and finding a clear spot to call CQ myself.  SDRPlay isn't the cheapest option out there, but for $150 I have been very pleased with it.

 

Today I decided to play with SSTV.  Most of the images I recieved were pretty well garbeled, but these were the three best ones of the day.  The one with the aliens was the very first SSTV image I have ever received and have to say that it was pretty erie watching the image come down.  I tried transmitting a few SSTV snapshots of my QSL card.  If you happened to receive one, I would love to hear about it.

And just finishing off with a few of my other interests and hobbies.  I am very active in the Boy Scout program and am looking forward to being able to have more JOTA action this year.  Between my son's Boy Scout troop, my daughter's Venture Crew, and my working with district and Wood Badge (Originally S9-101-27 Fox!), there's not a lot of time left for other hobbies, but I do cram in some star gazing an outreach programs when I can.  And from the QSL card, you might have noticed I'm trying to learn to play the banjo.

Thanks for stopping by and if we made a contact, I really would enjoy a QSL card from you.  

73

KW4WL - Lynn
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