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First lic.'d as W5MKC 1957. Hold 1st Class Radio Telephone W/radar endorsement now (General Radiotelephone Operator License ) ticket since 1965. I received a BSEE from U of H 1968, while working at NASA. Issued call K7VZS while in AZ 1960-64, Issued W5QWX 1965 after return from Military Service. Still hold FAA current Commercial Pilot License, FAA Radio Repairman Certificate and FAA Instrument Repairman Certificate. I was the owner and CEO of a DOD contracting business for 38 years, primarily for the Air Force, and Army, servicing and upgrading avionics and other aircraft related equipment. Semi-retired in 1999 and fully retired 2006.

Favorite mode is CW HF. Run two FT-1000D's, Alpha 76A Amp. Present antennas are an OCF dipole at about 60 ft. AGL running N-S, Butternut HF-9V vertical, and 102' non-resonant ladder line fed type dipole at about 60 feet AGL running E-W.  The OCF antenna is used for 40 & 20 meters mostly, and the other dipole is used on 80-10 meters. The vertical is used on 160- 10 meters. When RX conditions are not optimum, I use a home brew magnetic loop RX only antenna for 160 -10 meters. Have just completed a DDS VFO 11-2015, to use with my original & restored  1957 AM/CW station. This will enable a very stable AM/CW signal as compared with the old VF-122 VFO. Will be looking forward to working AM/CW again with my original station setup.

QSL 100% via E-QSL.cc(AG), and QRZ.com. I no longer use paper QSL cards. Other hobbies include programming software using C++ & Delphi, Arduino projects and restoring older or antique equipment. Once in a while, I do wet a hook in the bayou, looking to catch the "BIG ONE"

Restoration of antique and vintage equipment is a passion I'll alway have;
Have restored Stewart Warner 300 Receiver W/original Horn Speaker, HQ-110, HQ-170, S-77, S-85, HW-101, NC-183, NC-183D, IC-735, Alinco DR-570T, 2 ea. FT-726Rs, IC-211, and a FT-ONE (a replacement for one I owned in 1985 and traded to AA1DH in 1990 ) and a Henry 2K is now repaired, and on the air. Just completed restoration of my original 1957 AM/CW station, Johnson Viking 1 with VF-122 VFO 0n 06/10/2015. The Viking 1 is paired with the NC-183D (See Below). When have the time will be restoring a  SX-62A and a few other things. Received an IC-746 non pro, to see if can make work again, it took a lightening strike. Awaiting a parts rig to start the 746 repairs, due to prices of broke 746's may be a while, hi hi.

06/11/2013 I had to make an encoder PCB, and using all new IR emitters and detector transistors, completely remaking the VFO encoder, so now have a fully functional IC-735 again. The original PCB came apart while trying to replace the IR receivers.

6/13/2016 Now have completed restoration of the Henry 2K ( Mfg. 1963 ). Putting out 1200+ watts on SSB and 800 watts on AM/CW. Really a great old amp that does put out a good clean signal. It is now mated with the Viking 1 in my original 1957 station. If you work AM listen for me around 7.290-95, you just might catch me on. I had several reports that the Henry 2K, is putting out a nice clean, strong signal at 600 watts out, with 65-70 watts from the Viking 1. It runs very cool, no strain and should out last me hi hi.
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06/19/2016 I have received another DDS VFO kit and will be trying to use it as part of a home brew transceiver in the very near future. I have also started, however late, in trying to work on an SDR RX just for fun.

Since 2001 have made Monroe, La main QTH from old QTH of 38 years, in Teague, TX. Look for me on 80-40-20 & 10 meter CW. I use the old bug for ragchewing, and the paddles for just about everything else. With hands becomming crippled, will probably be trying to use keyboard for CW in the near future. Presently, working PSK31, on 10, 20 & 40 meters. Never thought I'd be working a digital mode other than CW. Look for me on the waterfall, I will be running the FT-1000D's at 25-30 watts on PSK and 50-100 watts CW.  Forty meter AM operations to start very soon @ abt 500-600 watts out.

Hey I know this stuff is OLD, but heck, so am I.

Restored NC-183D & Viking 1 W/VF-122 My 1957 AM station

My original 1957 AM/CW station, now restored !

Completely restored Original 1957 Station with new DDS VFO and Old restored Henry 2K from 1963

Now just taking life easy on the Bayousmiley


       

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United States Counties Award#36
Granted: 2016-07-18 22:18:02   (W5QWX)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#1767
Granted: 2015-02-01 19:53:01   (W5QWX)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#1226
Granted: 2015-01-22 18:08:15   (W5QWX)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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