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WE DON'T HAVE PICTURES!!!  I  AM IN THE PROCESS OF A MAJOR RENOVATION/REARRANGEMENT OF BOTH MY SHACK AND THE EQUIPMENT CONTAINED THEREIN.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS I WILL POST NEW PICTURES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANKS.

Now, a bit about my call sign. My call sign, WA4ALA, has been the subject of questions from time to time concerning the call sign's possible association with the state of Alabama (wa4ALA). As information, my call sign was chosen by myself as an honorific to a long time friend of mine who's call sign was, and is, WA4ALK. When I finally got my amateur license and became eligibsle for a Vanity call sign, I went into the FCC data base to look for a call sign as close to my original Elmer's as possible, and WA4ALA was the closest one I could find at that time, thus my present call sign is WA4ALA. I think Alabama is a great state, with some of the best barbecued ribs I have ever eaten (Dreamland in Birmingham), but my call sign was not chosen for any relationship with the wonderful state of Alabama.

UPDATED OCT. 30, 2017.  Now, to my amateur radio setup:  I presently have two HF setups.  Setup 1 consist of a Yaesu FT-897D driving a Yaesu FL2000B Linear.  Setup 2 consist of a Kenwood TS-670 Driving a Tokyo Hi-Power HL-670Q Linear. .  Both Setup 1 & 2 can be connected to my sntenna system which presently consists of a Heathkit HM-2140 SWR/Wattmeter which is connected to an ugly balun which is then connected to a Heathkit SA-2040 antenna tuner.  The antenna tuner is presently connected to a OCF dipole about 45 feet off the ground and orientated east-west.  I do not at present have a permanent 2-meter/440 setup in my shack.  What little 2-meter work I do is with a Baofeng HT..

KENWOOD TS-670 Additional Information: This a very interesting HF rig.  It was originally designed and sold in Japan for the Japanese Novice.  Because the Japanese Novice does not have any 20 meter usage priviledges, this unit does not have 20 meters, but I can do without 20 meters on this unit since I do have 20 meters on my Yaesu FT-897D.  Back to the TS-670.  This unit has one of the best receive sections I have ever seen on any transceiver.  I purchased this unit from a Local Ham located in Cartersville Georgia.  If you are at all interested in this ham, just go on google and google the following: Foxtrot Tango.  This Hams website will pop up.  This ham is a verified Subject Matter Expert in all things Yaesu and I have purchased lots of items from this ham and had some of my units worked on by this same ham.  The TS-670 has Kenwoods very fine transmit audio and is rock stable.  I have made many contacts with this unit along with its accompanying HL-670Q.  It is QRP running barefoot and I enjoy QRP operations for the challenge.  As a bit of further information the TS-670 covers 40, 15, 10  and 6 meter and it does a fine job on all of its bands.

NEW/OLD BOAT ANCHOR STATION ADDITIONS:  I have acquired a trio of old HeathKit Amateur radio equipment which is presently sitting on my bench awaiting restoration.  This collection consists of a Heathkit Apache transmitter, a Heathkit Mohawk receiver and a Warrior 1-KW linear amplifier all of which are true "boat anchors" in the strictest sense of the term as both the Apache and the Mohawk weigh over 100 pounds and the Warrior weighs in at a svelte 80 pounds.(OOOOH MY ACHING BACK!!!)  Also included with this trio is the Heathkit SAB-10 Single Sideband Adapter.  I will do electrical mechanical and appearance repairs to bing these classics back to full opearational capabilities. In my opinion the Heathkit line of amateur radio equipment was and still is the biggest bang for the buck you can find anywhere. It is still relatively easy to find replacement components for most of these devices and full manuals are available for free from numerous sources.   Will try to post pictures soon.

TO BE UPDATED AGAIN AS DEVELOPMENTS IN MY SHACK OCCUR.  AS ABOVE, I AM IN THE PROCESS OF A MAJOR RENOVATION/REARRANGEMENT OF BOTH MY SHACK AND THE EQUIPMENT CONTAINED THEREIN.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS I WILL CORRECT MY SETUP DESCRIPTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  THANKS.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: I am an ARRL member and a Volunteer Examiner (VE) for both ARRL and W5YI. 

Mobile setup description. ICOM IC2200H attached to a 5/8 wavelength mag-mount antenna mounted in the center of the roof of my truck.

It is my policy to send a QSL card to every new contact I make, whether it be stateside or international. I do not require SASE or green stamps to send QSL cards, so save your envelopes, stamps and green stamps for other pursuits. If I inadvertently miss sending you a QSL card a simple email to me will get your QSL card out post haste, again with no charges to you. I always send paper QSL cards unless otherwise requested. Referencing the WAS certificate, the issuing authority, the ARRL, will not accept EQSL cards as proof of contact. At present the ARRL only accepts either mailed paper QSL cards or LOTW inputs.  I always like to see paper QSL cards since these can be used for my ARRL certificates although I also gladly accept/send EQSL cards if that is what the contacted party prefers. If requested, I will always send a SASE for QSL card returns. I finally achieved a goal of mine in getting my WAS requirements satisfied by getting Alaska in the log book,courtesy of the YL organization ( http://www.ylsystem.org/opening.htm) I worked KL7OU on 8/31/2012 on 14.332 at 2305 UTC. My WAS, WAC and other certificates along with my FCC license, numerous QSL cards and other paperwork are posted all around my den shack.

Thanks for your interest in my site.

73's,

Michael

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United States Counties Award#3029
Granted: 2016-07-22 18:44:02   (WA4ALA)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#47
Granted: 2015-01-13 21:57:37   (WA4ALA)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#6
Granted: 2015-01-13 21:57:31   (WA4ALA)

Grid Squared Award#50
Granted: 2015-01-13 21:57:25   (WA4ALA)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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