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Celebrating 54 Years On-The-Air Since 1962

Member: ARRL -- RACES -- ARES -- Alamance Amateur Radio Club -- SKCC 5067

Operating Interests: Rover VHF Contesting -- QRP CW /SSB --Traffic Nets -- Mobile/Portable

Equipment (MARS modified): Icom IC-706 MkII-G and AT-180 tuner -- Yaesu FT-817nd and LDG Z-817H tuner--SignaLink USB digital interface -- Baofeng UV-5RA handi-talkies -- ATX Walkabout HF antenna

Telegraph Keys: Lionel J-38 -- Signal Electric J-38 -- Lionel J-36 -- Vibroplex Presentation -- Vibroplex Vibrokeyer -- Winslow Navy Flameproof -- Palm MP817 MiniPaddle -- Nye Viking Rectangular -- Speed-X Oval

Radio Licenses: Amateur Extra Class -- Ex-USAF Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) AFA4RT -- 2nd Class Commercial Radiotelegraph Operator with Radar Endorsement -- General Class (Former 1st Class) Commercial Radiotelephone Operator with Radar -- Ex-U.S. Merchant Marine Radio Officer

Work Experience: Maintenance and Operation of Public Safety, Marine, Aircraft, Business, Military and Government Radio and PBX Telecommunications Systems Worldwide. Ex-U.S. Air Force and U.S. Merchant Marine

Son: Rob Truitt, III- KC4RTT


Email : truitt@elon.edu

Operating Awards:

President's Volunteer Service Gold Award; President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for 25 years and 4000 hours of public service with the United States Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS)

First Place in VA and USA 3rd Highest in July 2010 CQ World Wide VHF Contest for QRP Hilltopper category                                                                                                                                                                                 

First Place in SC and Roanoke Division Leader in ARRL January 2008 VHF Sweepstakes for Low Power Single Operator Portable

First Place in NC and Roanoke Division Leader in ARRL June 2008 VHF QSO Party for Single Operator Portable. 10th Place U.S. and Canada

Southeastern VHF Society, Fall 2008 Sprints: 50 MHz (3rd Place) and 432 MHz (3rd Place), Rover

Southeastern VHF Society, Spring 2008 Sprints: 50 MHz (4th Place), 144 MHz (3rd Place), 432 MHz (5th Place) and Overall (4th Place)VHF/UHF Rover

Go-Box Awards:

1st Place 2013 Charlotte Hamfest, Charlotte, NC 

1st Place 2013 RARSfest Hamfest, Raleigh, NC

1st Place 2016 Frostfest, Richmond, VA

2016 Charlotte Hamfest, Charlotte, NC

My Icom IC-706 MkII-G rig is mounted on a standard 19-inch relay rack shelf along with an AT-180 antenna tuner, diplexer, antenna switch and an external speaker. With a quick change of power supplies and antennas, the station can be easily set up in a vehicle or at a fixed or portable location. Shown on the left is the rig being operated from the tailgate of my station wagon.

The Yaesu FT-817nd QRP rig, shown on the right and above center, is mounted in a recycled equipment case and contains a 12-Ah sealed lead-acid battery, an LDG Z-817H antenna tuner, 4:1 balun, Signalink USB interface and a 24-hour analog clock. This compact self-contained station, can be operated from almost anywhere and by selecting on-board whip antennas or a simple external wire antenna, is capable of world-wide MF/HF/VHF/UHF voice, CW and data communications "off the grid!"

This design project won the "Go-box" competitions at the Raleigh, NC RARSfest and Charlotte, NC hamfests in 2013 and at the Richmond, VA "Frostfest" and Charlotte hamfests in 2016 .

The WA4A QRP / VHF Contest Rover

The 4-element 50 MHz, 10-element 144 MHz and 11-element 432 MHz Yagi antennas shown here are manually aimed and are mounted on a 20-Foot, portable, rotating mast with a fold-over tripod and roll-over base plate. The entire array can be disassembled, transported on top of the car and erected at a new site within a few minutes! The radios are operated from the tailgate of the station wagon and are powered from a deep-cycle industrial battery.

An experimental 432 MHz EME receiving setup hearing KP4AO Arecibo Observatory via the moon April 2010 with a Yaesu FT-817nd and 11-elements on a camera tripod

Operating the "Go-box" on an Air Force MARS HF multimode net from a portable location at Elon University, NC, October 2013


DXing with the "Go-box" from the 2nd Street Pier, South Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, November 2013

�HF operating range can be over 5000 miles with 5-watts output to an on-board whip antenna.

My XYL, Melanie, and the Miata Mobile. 3.5-450 MHz, all-mode, 5-Watt, FT-817nd and UHV-6 mobile antenna system--Local and World-Wide Communications with a view!

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