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Hello everyone; I am 67 years old and retired in 2007 after 4 years in the U.S. Navy and 34 years with the D.O.D. I was first licensed in March of 2014 as KG5AYB ; something I wish I had taken the time to do many years earlier. I love this hobby!! I am now an Extra class and a VE examiner.

My radios are three Baofeng UV-5R's; a Kenwood TM-281A; a Yaesu FT-8800R and a Yaesu FT-857D; with which I use an LDG YT-100 auto tuner and an LDG FTL-Meter. [My newest rig is now a Yaesu FTDX-1200 with which I use an LDG AT-100ProII autotuner, even though my rig has an internal tuner.] My satellite rig is one of my Baofengs with an Arrow II Model 146/437-10WBP. The QSL cards shown are from contacts made on  SO-50. My QTH antennas are a copper J-pole for 2m/70cm from KB9VBR; an Eagle One vertical antenna from W8AFX (6m thru 80m) and an MFJ-2010 OCFD (6m thru 40m) for HF; I really LOVE this antenna! I am an ARRL and South Texas Area Radio Club member where I am currently on the board of directors.

My other hobbies include aviation; I hold a private pilot's license with instrument rating, although I haven't flown in years. I also enjoy radio controlled aircraft. I am an avid shooter and also enjoy amateur astronomy and camping in our travel trailer.

Enjoy working mostly digital now, but still love contesting, special events and dx'ing.

 

My wonderful XYL and me at the Grand Canyon                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My radio and computer support staff on break.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our getaway home on wheels, a 30 foot Coachmen I named "Serenity."

After driving 10 laps at Texas Motor Speedway

                                       

                   Love all the shooting sports!

 

 

 

One of my old squadron aircraft in the boneyard. I actually flew in this aircraft in the early 70's.

 

 

This was my flight station, the radioman's console. AN/ART-13 HF transmitter on the top and a BC-348 receiver on the bottom. I suppose my love of talking on the radio started here.

 

 

Somewhere in the Mediterrean aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt early 1972.

 

My old Cessna 150, a 1976 Mike model

 

 

 

       The new Queen of the com shack....

 

 

Penny loves to help me operate portable.

 

 

Some of my tries at astrophotography.

             

 

 

 

 

         Kite Day and NPOTA Activation at Padre Island National Seashore 2016

 

 

 

 

 

The USS Lexington...CV-16...The Blue Ghost. Our club operates the radio room under the callsign W5LEX.

                                                 

                                                                      

 

                                                          

I am a supporter of the DX Code of Conduct:

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.

I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.

I will always send my full call sign.

I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.

I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.

When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.

I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.

I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.

                                                                                        

                                                                    Two different links below to check real-time band conditions! 

 

http://robot.hrdlog.net/graph.aspx?type=p&square=1&pid=Sat%20May%208%2021:00:12%20UTC+0300%202010

 

 

                                                     http://www.cleanairwithultraviolet.com/bandconditions/

 


 

                  Below is weather at my QTH

 

 

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DX World Award#4750
Granted: 2016-11-21 14:32:02   (KG5AYB)

United States Counties Award#654
Granted: 2016-07-19 12:40:02   (KG5AYB)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
United States Award#2017
Granted: 2016-04-19 01:35:02   (KG5AYB)

World Continents Award#7487
Granted: 2015-03-25 19:20:02   (KG5AYB)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
Grid Squared Award#6267
Granted: 2015-03-25 19:15:08   (KG5AYB)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
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