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I was an automotive technician for 17 1/2 years switched careers to computers and have been a system administrator for 15 years now. I play guitar and have been in several bands in the Peoria area and I have built several 50 watt and 100 watt tube amplifiers. I also do repairs to electronics products especially modding and fixing guitar effects pedals and gear. Have recently been repairing ham radio gear, power supplies and scanners for people in the local club and on my search and rescue team. 

I got back into ham after a long time away because it was something I did with my dad as a kid. He passed away when I was 19 years old so I have not wanted to do it for all these years. It is fun being back into it and I have even pulled out his old shortwave tube radio from 1953 and will be getting it running again. 

I have recently completed four FEMA training classes, CPR/First Aid training and official Spotter class as well as multiple classes in Search and Rescue including Basic Navigation and the ground search and rescue course. I am now a certified Trainer for Land navigation and am a field training officer for search and rescue in the state of Illinois.

I hold an Amature Extra License after successfully completing the General and Extra exams February 20th of 2016. It was quite an accomplishment of mine and I'm glad to have it under my belt now. I also hold a VE license and will be attending testing sessions now to give a helping hand to upcoming hams.

I love to use the digital modes in particular PSK31 and JT65, Especially when band conditions are bad. I am really into DMR now as well and love that the band conditions don't really effect the UHF digital mode much at all. It's an interesting and fun new way for me to enjoy ham radio. 

I am also experimenting with a small solar setup that I will be making into another one for power outages at the QTH. This setup now is for field day/portable ops only. A much more elaborate system will be purchased and utilized for the home someday in the future. 

I can be found on the digital repeaters that resides in Morton and Peoria Illinois or on the analog repeater in the Peoria, Illinois area on the airwaves at repeater 147.075 and usually on my favorite HF bands of 40 and 20 meters. I upload to eQSL, LOTW,  HRDLOG.NET and QRZ.COM. That about sums me up in a nutshell. 

 

73 and hope to hear you on the air soon. 

 

Kevin W9BLU

 

 

The old Motorola 100 watt tube 10m I am going to get working again. It worked last time it was plugged in just has sat for 10 plus years. 

Close up of the front base control. 

Tube tuner and power amp sections.

My dads old Norinco 1953 Shortwave all tube radio. Needs two final amplifier tubes and a little more cleaning then the antenna ran and she should be good as new. 

 

 

 

Designing my own Keyer for CW. these are my break out wires that go to the keyer from the transeiver. 

 

I gutted out this mouse and removed several resistors and capacitors on the internal board that were causing current to go places I didn't want. Then wired up several jumpers from the micro switches to the intact USB cable. Then wired my breakout wires from the tranceiver into a spare USB jack I had floating around. Now this mouse keys fast dits on the left button and slow dah's on the right button. 

 

Been wanting to get into the digital realm lately so I finally designed my own breakout device. This is the circuit board of the PTT controlling section. 

 

 

This is the new 20 Meter Verticle I built last night and installed today. This is really helping me gain some distance on my JT65 and PSK31 contacts. I was able to gain Russia tonight from central Illinois. No way I was getting that far on my end fed wire. It's a nice 4th antenna I have built and installed on the antenna farm. 

 

This is my latest home built antenna a five band cobwebb antenna that covers 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters. It has great SWR and is doing a phenominal job for me. It is up 27 feet and above it is my 2m/70cm Jpole that used to be on it's own mast at 25 feet. It's just shy of 30 feet now. Love this antenna. 

 

This is my new Field day/portable ops antenna setup. It is a single vertical wire stuck to the top of a 16 1/2 foot mast. It runs into a small project box I made into the coax connection and put 4 radials on it. Two at 16 1/2 feet and two at 32 feet. With my MFJ-929 tuner it tunes 10 all the way to 40 and I used it in Florida Christmas of 2016.

 

My Alinco DX-SR8 and the new MFJ-929 IntelliTuner.

 

The latest addition to my radios is the TYT-380 DMR HT radio. Love this thing and the digital modes. I hacked the firmware and installed the MD-380 tools on it so it has a lot more functionality. Also learned how to build my own codeplugs and have been creating a master codeplug with zones in all the areas I travel. 

 

Solar panel setup. 

Charge controller and small battery I am using just for testing purposes. Will be getting a couple marine grade deep cycle batteries for the setup soon and a better charge controller and inverter. This inverter I have had for years. 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W9BLU
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KG7RYH 2017-05-07 40m SSB DN13UN United States Amos M Kirk
W7XQ 2017-05-07 80m SSB CN94GF United States Steve Gette
KK7AC 2017-05-07 40m SSB DM53KT United States ANDREW H SMITH
KG7ASQ 2017-05-07 40m SSB CN85NU United States Daryl C Anderson
NA7TB 2017-05-07 40m SSB DM52DR United States Top Band Club Of Arizona
N7MZW 2017-05-07 40m SSB DN71OD United States CHARLES D WILLIAMS
KA6BIM/7 2017-05-07 40m SSB CN73WC United States DAVID B TUCKER
AE7EU 2017-05-07 40m SSB CN94IA United States Martin A Held
N6YMM/7 2017-05-07 40m SSB DM06II United States DAVID E MILLHOUSE
K1KA 2017-05-07 40m SSB FN42FV United States David L Mackey
KS3D 2017-05-07 40m SSB FM29FT United States Brandywine Radio Club
MJ/PA1AW 2017-05-07 40m SSB Jersey ALEX VAN HENGEL
N0KVN/7 2017-05-07 40m SSB DN40EC United States KEVIN R BOWEN
W7ZZ 2017-05-07 40m SSB CN87RL United States DOUGLAS K SMITH
KB6UNC/7 2017-05-07 40m SSB DN40AP United States DAN W REID

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