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Bryan M Bydal "TOM"

Born in 1966, and raised in the Kent,WA area.

First licensed in 1980 as KA7GLF at age 13, I upgraded to extra by age 16 when I received KS7O. Moved to KY in 1995 through my job. Got the call W5MX through the vanity system in 2000.

Married and proud parent of 3 wonderful children, 2 girls and a boy. Ages 28, 26 and 22 respectively. Also, proud grandparent of a lovely granddaughter named Elayna.

Operate about 95% CW. I love contesting, but also enjoy dx'ing and rag chewing on occasion. Have grown to love 160 meters over the last several years.

Started a new club December 2012: Radio Ridge Contest Club in south central Kentucky. Current callsign just issued is KT4RR. A contest station is in the works on 14 acres of mostly flat, ridge top land, near Livingston,KY. After 3+ years of searching I finally found a good location within my budget and radio location criteria. Not total eutopia (it's not the fabled mountain top location with an elevation drop thousands of feet in all directions, no above ground power lines for 50 miles, etc ), but much, much better than my current QTH. This club will be active in contests starting in Dec 2012 although station won't be sort of complete until contest season 2013. Of course there is no such thing as "complete" when it comes to a contest station! Currently I am in the process of building a 24x36 ft "cabin" for getaways with the XYL, contest shack in season, and possibly a retirement place some day.

2 towers complete at 105 ft and 120 ft, and holes are dug for 2 rohn 55g towers to be 140 and 80 ft.  The towers that are complete contain: Tower 1: 5 element monoband yagi on 20 fixed on JA,6 elements on 15 fixed on JA, 4 elements on 10 fixed on JA, TH7 fixed west for domestic contests and 2 el 40 fixed on EU, Tower 2 has 5 over 5 on 20, 5 over 5 on 15 and 5 on 10 all fixed on EU. 4 el on 15 for South. Bunch of wires around as well.

Thank You to Hud K5ZG my original contest elmer, Larry K4CMS for donating a bunch of antennas, rotator and other stuff to the club! Also thank you to Bill N4AR, Gary K4UU, John K4FT and John K4OH for helping as well - wouldn't be where it is today without you guys! If you are in the central KY or general area and would like to join the club please send me a note: bydal@roadrunner.com

See you around the bands!




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