I was first licensed as a Novice as WN5CLS in 1953 and soon upgraded to General Class. I remained active through high school and college graduating with a BS Engineering degree from Mississippi State University in 1961 remaining active through the 1970’s and upgrading to Advanced Class along the way. This was followed by thirty years of inactivity, but after retiring I got back into the hobby in a big way quickly upgrading to Extra Class. Calls held over the years were W5CLS, WA4KXU, WB2GOH, WB4DCZ, WK4KK and now W4KLY.
My primary radio interest includes contesting, rag chewing, QRP operations and chasing DX. I belong to the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS),the South-Eastern DX Club (SEDXC), QRP-ARCI and the North Georgia QRP Club (NOGAQRP). Interests outside of ham radio include woodworking (www.kelleycustomwood.com), golf, church and community service related activities.
I hope I have had or will have the pleasure of meeting you on the air.
Paul Kelley, W4KLY
QSL POLICY: 100% reply to all QSLs received with or without SASE. Most DX QSLs via Bureau but I respond via direct mail to all DX cards received via direct mail.
EQUIPMENT: Elecraft K3 + P3, KPA-500 and KAT-500, Elecraft KX3 and PX3, and an Icom 7300. Antennas: Stepp IR 6M-40M at 70 ft.; 80M Loop; 2-80M diapoles; 80M Vertical and160M Inverted "L".
Stone Mountain is a granite dome monadnock, the core of an ancient volcano, located about 15 miles east of the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. At its summit, the elevation is 1,683 ft. (513m) above mean sea level and 825 ft. (251.5m) above the surrounding plateau. The mountain is claimed by some to be the largest exposed granite "stone" in the world. This second photo is one that I took and used on an earlier version of my QSL card. The summit is approximately four miles west of my QTH. Thanks to Gennady, UX5UO for all his help and advice designing and printing my current QSL card.
My SteppIR seen below is on a 60 ft. Rohn tower secured to the side of the house 20 ft. above ground. With the Glynn Martin Hazer the antenna can be lowered to a point above the roof where it can be serviced as needed and then raised back up. The ladder line coming down on the left side of the tower is the feed line for an 80M loop. The line coming down of the right side feeds an 80M diapole supported at the center by the arm coming off the right side of the tower and by trees at each end. My shack is on the second floor behind the four windows seen just above the roof line. I believe that my effective antenna height above ground is considerably greater than the actual height because the land falls away from 60 to 80 ft. in every direction and the soil conductivity, mostly crumbled rock and sand, is very poor. (No surprise . . . we are in Stone Mountain!)
It may be a surprise to some people, but we do have snow in the winter . . . about once a year. The best part is that it's usually melted away in two or three days. The photo below was taken a few years ago. The beams at that time were an old Mosley Classic 33 and a four element 6M Yagi.
Here is the back side of my QSL card designed with the assistance of Gennady at UX5UO Print.
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