Greetings and thank you for visiting my page!
The FCC database shows my first name - Donald- and middle initial -A. For most folks, so far so good. However I go by my middle name of Allen.
My rig is a Kenwood ts-440sat which I purchased used over 20 years ago. Other than some minor problems easily corrected, it has performed well. The mic is a Heil PR40. I occasionally operate remotely with a SignaLink usb audio adapter/keyer and control the radio via Ham Radio Deluxe. Great fun operating when on vacation as VP2EAF making a call and hearing my call a few seconds later from my home! Makes a very handy way to check propagation from VP2E to the south central US.
The tower is Rohn 25- 100ft. At the top is a 2m & 6m beam. Currently, my go to HF antenna is a K4KIO 5 band hexbeam on a push up mast strapped to the chimney much to my XYL's chagrin. For 40m & 80m operation is a homebrew fan dipole in inverted V configuration. The apex of the V is about 45' up. One end terminates about 30ft up, the other about 20ft up due to sloping terrain. Considering the high winds, severe thunderstorms, and occasional icing in winter we get in the South Central US , the fan dipole has held up quite well over the last few years since it was built. Lastly, I have a 60m dipole strung temporily which seems to work very well.
Another interest outside of amateur radio includes road bicycle riding. My current bike is a Specialized Tarmac. I am fortunate that the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock along with Pulaski County formed a coalition to build pedestrian and biking trails and have been building and adding to an extensive trail system for walking, jogging, and bicycling. The trail system includes several dedicated bridges over the Arkansas River. Two are custom built and two are re-purposed railway bridges. Using the trail system as a base along with secondary roads one can ride from the far western area of the county from Wye Mountain around Lake Maumelle which is heavily wooded and hilly terrain to the far eastern part of the county around Scott, Arkansas which is bottom lands with farms, numerous oxbow lakes, and cypress woodlands next to the Arkansas River. There are numerous variations and biking opportunities between the two. I try and ride a few evenings after work and one weekend day unless the weather is extreme. As the days get longer in the spring and summer, I work my way up to around 100-150 miles per week, with the shorter days in the winter I am lucky to ride 50 miles per week.
Riding across the Big Dam Bridge in western Little Rock - yes it is REALLY named that.
Riverfront Park on North Little Rock Side of the River.
View of Downtown Little Rock from the Clinton Presidential Bridge.
View east along Arkansas River from Clinton Presidential Bridge.
PJ7 & VP2E
My family and I vacation in Sint Maarten PJ7/W5SQK and Anguilla (VP2EAF), and occasionally surrounding islands in the summer. This is a very casual operation consisting of a hard case, a buddipole, a wire antenna, and assorted bits and pieces. In St Maarteen, I tend to operate with a buddy pole set up as a vertical on top of Ft Amsterdam hill battery powered around 10 watts. In Anguilla, the setup is just off Meads Bay on the back patio of a small villa with an inverted vee around 100 watts.
PJ7/W5SQK- On left, setup on the beach at Little Bay worked IV3AOL 5 watts QRP. On right, atop hill overlooking Great Bay
PJ7/W5SQK- on left, looking east over Great Bay & Philipsburg. On right, looking west.
On left, looking down Meads Bay, Anguilla. On right, my operating position (VP2EAF) complete with cold beer and grill.
On left, inverted vee with sufficient wire for 80m set for 17m. On right, a closeup. You can see the plastic winders the excess wire is wound onto. The pushup pole and power supply are provided by VP2ETE- Teddy. Not visible immediately behind the low tree line is Meads Bay and the Atlantic.
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