I'm still a rather new Ham Operator with an Extra License in South Mississippi, USA. :)
I need to update this page badly, lol! This was from my first year as a Ham and I'm over 2 years down the road now. I've actually upgraded to a gorgeous T10 Tennadyne 5 Band Antenna that I tested fully in a Special Event in August, 2016. Thankfully, we were able to share a huge Manlift that a neighbor rented nearby to swap it out with my beloved 3 Band Hygain Antenna- that was much safer than the cherry picker we used in my video here!
I began as KF5ZUR, then applied for my permanent Extra Class Callsign of NJ1Z. I'm not a 5 call for one good reason... The only 4 digit 5 call possibly left was something that looked like NO5Y, and I couldn't bear to become known as the 'Nosy YL' all the way across the world! Ladies can understand this... ;)
November Juliet 1 Zulu came with a 1, but was closer to my actual name, so I chose it :)
In August of 2016, I operated as K5M for the Hurricane Katrina 11th Anniversary Special Event. I plan to operate K5M, Memorial Station again in 2017. This will be the 3rd year of this Special Hurricane Katrina Event and I've enjoyed helping each time.
For Event information, see www.katrina5h.com.
From 2 years ago...
Hello from a VERY new YL Ham in southern Mississippi!
I've just received my VE authorization through W5YI and am learning to be the CVE over our local License tests- which is far beyond anything I imagined I'd soon be doing as I studied for my own license tests! There are some great Elmers in my area, and our VERY Busy, retiring VEC of 8 years, N5MZ, offered to train anyone who would be willing to learn. With his training, I'm really looking forward to helping in this way so I can give some support back to our local wonderful Amateur Radio foks.
I absolutely LOVE contacting DX stations and will gladly exchange QSL cards as soon as I can get it set up!
I studied a week with ARRL's Study Guide, and took my Techician Test on January 11, 2014. Then I studied another week with Gordon West's Study Guide for the General Test, followed by studying 2 weeks with Gordon West's Study Guide, AND his CD Study Set for the Extra Test, while pretesting here on QRZ on both Tests in turn, building up from the sections on the tough Extra Test questions- that REALLY helped!- until I could make 90's on both full pretests. I took my General Test and my Extra Test on February 8, 2014 and happily scored high- only missing 2 on my Extra Test!
Those 35 days were tough for me, lol- my school education ended way back in 1980!- so, as much as I could, I tried to do nothing but STUDY!
I rushed because I rarely have the time to try to accomplish anything like this, as I maintain a website and help build musical instruments for our Brooks Hill Music business, and do extensive home canning, dehydrating, etc. for most of the year- and will soon be needed to help with a new Grandbaby. If I didn't concentrate on earning my Licenses now, I knew I probably would never have the time to come back and finish.
(Update- Grandson has now arrived safe and sound, so I hope to be free to spend more time on the air.)
It is still hard for me to believe I passed all 3 of those tough tests so soon after I began thinking seriously about Ham Radio at the first of the year. Now, as I write this in March of 2014, I've just received my new call sign from the FCC on the 11th- and QRZ has updated it here on the 13th- and that should make my new hobby a bit less difficult for my contacts. As I've found I especially love DX contacts, it will probably be very helpful- the original ZUR suffix has caused plenty of difficulty already, even at home here in the USA- and especially abroad.
As they told me after I passed my tests and began to feel like I could breathe again- I'm really only just beginning to learn!
I've had no family member or friend before in Ham Radio, but found AG5Z to be a fantastic Elmer! He's helped greatly in patience and guidence as I've begun the fun of building antennas and learning how to pick up and use my mic. At DX contacting, he's got to be one of the most contagiously enthusiastic Hams I've met- I've already lost plenty of sleep persuing those late night rare stations around the world!
My DX passion seems to be contacting as many Islands, and as many miles away as I possibly can. I was very happy when my Elmer helped me reach the South tip of South Africa- and I looked it up to discover I'd just reached over 10,000 miles from Home! :)
I started with a great priced Kenwood TS2000X and a 10m diplole. For Valentines Day, this new Ham didn't want flowers or candy- she just wanted her Husband to install a good used J-pole antenna for 2 meters- given to us by my Elmer- and to add a 20m dipole to my 10m dipole. Just what a new Ham would be expected to want, of course!
It took 2 excellent local Elmers- AG5Z and KD5XG- to help us before we achieved it- and now I stay on the 20m band most of the time. :)
I'll add more pictures as I learn how- I'll need to use a different computer. My office window is facing my antenna in the first biography photo. I have rearranged my radio and have more plants now, lol. I'll try to update my Radio Shack pictures soon. My antenna is a 10m and a 20m dipole now, in an 'X' shape, suspended a few feet down and out from my 62' pole, so it's about a 57' double band dipole. The total length of the pole and pipe was 67' before we buried the base, and it looked so tall to me that I can only imagine how tall a really tall antenna would look!
I don't know why QRZ rotated the antenna pictures in some views, but maybe they'll be of interest anyway. They appear sideways on my computer, but correct on my phone.
My current transceiver is a almost-new Kenwood TS-2000X, and I'm only using it's own 100 watts. I have also just obtained a FT-101E that I'm needing to find an Elmer for before I try to turn it on!
(Update: I now have a Transworld solid state Amplifier with a modest 400 to 600 max output. It's a wonderful addition to my Ham Shack!)
My Copper J-pole 2m antenna and my inverted 'X' Dipole 10m and 20m antenna that is fed through a single coax line. The inverted V fan Dipole was better shaped as an 'X' to avoid the support lines.
New addition to my Antenna Farm- not connected yet here, but my Hygain TH6 DX is up! (Sat. 10/25/14)
Update: It's completely functional and a LOT easier to reach DX with! ;D (Thurs. 11/6/14)
Here is a YouTube video of raising it:
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