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I use my middle name "Ron", but will answer to Tom. ;)

I was first licensed in 1962 as WN5DIN, then WA5DIN in San Antonio. My first station was a Heathkit Sixer with a 5 element yagi at 25 feet.

I did not renew my license when it expired in 1967.

In May of 2000 I was relicensed and became KL7XL in Sitka, Alaska.

Next call was  NX5D in Texas, then NY0A in Minnesota in 2011.

NY0A was previously held by Edwin L. Kracl (SK 2005) of Mounds View, MN.


Main Station:

Radios: IC-7700,  IC-7300

  We Hams like free or cheap stuff ;)  The Samsung external monitor shown with the IC-7700 was found dumped in the snow by the metal bin at the local recycle center. Apparently someone didn't want to pay the $10 disposal fee and just dumped it. It looked good so I took it home, dried it out and tested it before hooking it up to the 7700. It even came with the power cable and video cable!

Amplifier: Acom 1500.

Tuners:  PA0LL LL-Tuner, Heathkit SA-2060, Tokyo Hy-Power HC-2000


HF:  80m Horizontal Loop at 50',  80m Doublet at 50',  20m Vertical Doublet.

    The 80m Horizontal Loop is my main antenna; the others change from time to time as I try something different.

6m:  G0KSC 5 element LFA Yagi at 35',   H-Doublebay at 30'.  



The 80 meter loop is fed with 440 ohm 14 AWG stranded CCS window / ladder line, #554 from the Wireman.  This performs well but requires a bit more planning to route into the shack than coax.

Menards had a 4”x4” PVC square fence post that I mounted off the deck near to the aluminum deck post.  A 45 degree PVC elbow mated to a 90 degree PVC elbow allowed for routing the window line from the antenna into the PVC fence post. From there it runs down the inside of the fence post and exits through a hole in the side of the post to go under the deck and from there to the shack.

The photos will give some detail:



Meeker County has some goofy regulations limiting height in residential area of antennas on a tower to 40 feet, plus 10 feet linear distance from the property line. Wire antennas in the trees, no limits on height. ;)



I prefer paper QSL’s and will reply 100% to all QSL cards sent direct, no SASE needed.

Bureau cards will be returned via Bureau.

Log is occasionally uploaded to LOTW.    Last LOTW upload on 20 May 2017.

No E-QSL or QRZ logbook.


NOTE: Some callsign databases list my QTH Grid as EN25, which is correct for my Post Office mailing address, but I am physically located in EN24, about 1/4 mile south of the EN24/25 boundary, so EN24 is the correct Maidenhead Grid Square.

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