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The heavy duty freestanding tower is now up (35' may look short but I live on a high ridgeline), waiting for my tower climber to come out and install yagis.  My current passion is running FT-8 and JT-65 digital software on 80 through 6 meters.  Trying my hand at 6&2 meter MSK144 meteor scatter.  Look for me on Ping Jockey on the weekends.

Primary station gear as of Dec. 2017:

  • Station 1 - HF: Yaesu FT-950 #1, ACOM-1000 linear + various antennas 80-6 meters
    • 80-10m: assorted dipoles and verticals.
    • 6m: 5-el yagi
  • Station 2 - V/UHF: Yaesu FT-950 #2 feeding transverters
    • 2M:  Transverter + kW Linear + 12-el M2 Yagi
    • 70cm: Awaiting transverter; meanwhile running FT-736 + 18-el M2 Yagi

Licensed since 1963, I go by "Dave" on the air.  I owe a debt of thanks to my elmers.  The first was J. Allen Ross, formerly W6JPS, of Fresno, California, who lived one street over from our home..  He helped this wide-eyed 11-year old kid get his novice license (WN6GZT), loaned me a 35W homebrew crystal-contolled CW transmitter with an ARC-5 surplus receiver.  He was also my very first on-the-air QSO on 40m CW.  My second Elmer was K2KTS, Bart Mayo, who was head of the vocational education program at Cherry Hill High School East during my Freshman and Sophomore years.  We had the coolest school station you could want - an 88-ft Little Bertha rotatable tower, Collins S-line and Heathkit SB-line stations.  When I upgraded to Advanced, Bart gave me automatic A's in his electronics classes, but I had to sit in a side room and assemble Heathkit kits for the club.  As I recall, his wife was the daughter of the president of Telrex Antennas.

List of call signs held:  WN6GZT (Fresno, CA), WN0IVP and WA0MZT (Lakewood, CO). WB2ZJR (Cherry Hill, NJ), WB9ABU (Lake Bluff, IL), WB5EZM (Austin, TX), WB7DQJ  (Mesa, AZ), and finally N7RF (AZ, NM, TX) since mid 1970s.

Locally I monitor our KB5TX club repeater on 146.640- (PL=88.5) and 145.19 (PL=88.5) in Kendall County, Texas.   Both repeaters are running Yaesu Fusion machines.

QSL direct, ARRL Bureau, eQSL, Club Log, or LOTW.  SASE appreciated for paper card.

Memberships: ARRL, Central States VHF Society, Hamsters weak signal unclub #148 (144200.net)

President (2014 thru 2018) of the Kendall (County) Amateur Radio Society (http://kb5tx.org).  Listen for KB5TX on Field Day!

RF/microwave engineer by profession, married to my lovely and longsuffering XYL Kathy for 42 years. Other interests include DIY home remodeling and playing bluegrass banjo.

73's, Dave


KB5TX 2015 Field Day Kendall County, Texas (that's me upper left on 15 CW).


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