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The great looking picture above is from about 20 years ago.
Now I'm OLD and GRAY.

 

My DMR Contact Info:  
K5CS (Local Repeater) - TG-310515, CC 1, TS 2
Arkansas TG - 3105, CC 1, TS 1

If you want to set up a scheduled QSO, please holler at me.  
I'm available most of the time (retired).  
Arkansas, Pope County or EM35 - 75m to 6m.  

 

QSL Info

UPDATE --- UPDATE --- UPDATE

1)  The latest version of HRD LogBook uploads to eQSL, QRZ, ClubLog and HRDLog automatically.  
2)  At the end of the day, I upload to LoTW as I'm shutting down.  
3)  At least once a month, I send off bureau cards.  Due to the recent 350% increase in fees charged by the ARRL to use the Outgoing QSL Bureau, I am reducing the frequency that I mail out my cards dramatically and those cards that I request.  Effective 01 November 2016, I will begin shipping return cards once or twice a year instead of monthly.  I am sorry about the delay you may now experience.  However, I am implementing an email response for those cards I receive via the Incoming Bureau that have an email address on your card or shown on QRZ.  I will send you an email with my card attached which you can then print it out for your file.  Or I suggest you use eQSL.cc if you wish a printed card even faster than direct mail or through your home country Bureau.  All of this after recently increasing ARRL membership dues as well.  
4)  I will still be responding to all direct mail QSL cards the next day, since you took the time and money to request it.  All that I require for direct USA QSL cards is your card and SAE (SASE would also be great).  For DX direct, I enjoy seeing your cards so I do want your card, just include USD $1.00 and a SAE or if you have a USPS International "Forever" stamp, just put that on your SAE (now it's an SASE) and no cash is required.  I love the "Forever" stamps as it makes it so much easier for foreign DX QSLing.  

If anyone wants some of the USA Forever stamps, I will gladly accept your PayPal transfer for however many you want me to send to you.  They are currently USD $1.15 each.  They come in blocks of 4 or sheets of 10.  I will use one of them to mail the rest back to you the next day I'm at the Post Office.  Just message me first for PayPal info.  

I've logged almost 10,000 QSO's with over 4,000 confirmed on LoTW and approaching rapidly 700 paper QSL's, many from rare DXpeditions.  The QSO numbers are NOT counting about 15 years of paper logs from my Technician years on 2m & 70cm which would add another couple thousand if I converted them to digital logs. I just completed my 2nd DXCC (multi).  I'm getting close to DXCC on several single bands.  I've also upgraded to Extra Class, so some of the DXpeditions are now within reach when they operate in the Extra Class areas.  

I've recently taken the dive into DMR (Brandmeister) digital communicatins, and we now have a local DMR repeater. I purchased a TYT MD-380 and a SharkRF openSPOT which gives me my own DMR hotspot from my home.  Adding a WiFi Router and cell service hotspot, I can take the openSPOT mobile for travel without having to reprogram my HT every time.  To say the least, DMR is a very unique aspect to Amateur Radio.  Too bad all the rare countries I've QSOed with on DMR don't count toward any awards.  But I have tried to set up an HF schedule with several to no avail.  And many hams think these DMR contacts count toward an award, but they don't realize it's just a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Phone call) and not a "real" DX contact.  It's more like a cell phone call to a foreign country without the charges added to your bill than anything else.    

If you need ARKANSASPOPE COUNTY or EM35 on 75m-6m, then find me, if my radio is on, at (wait for it to display) the frequency shown below thanks to HRDLog.net.  I may not be at the radio 24/7, but I am frequently.  Of course you could always send me an email or give me a call on DMR TG3105 or 310515 to get my attention.  

And finally, if 10m or 6m are open in the Good 'ole USA, "You can bet your sweet bippy" (thanks Hee Haw) that I can be found there.  



The SHACK
May 2016 version

-- From Left to Right --
Ham Radio Deluxe using 2 screens (radio control and logging), Dymo Turbo Dual Label printer,
Heil ProSet headphones, HP Color Printer, 
40 year old Heathkit Weather Station, Yaesu G800SA, ICOM IC-7410, Daiwa CN-801HP Wattmeters, Array Solutions Six-Pak antenna switch,
Daiwa CN630 V/UHF Wattmeter, ICOM IC-2730a, ICOM IC-718, DirecTV Monitor
and finally, my original HF rig, an ICOM IC-745 (works great at 30+ years old).

Seven windows - 3 looking North and 4 looking East are under the carport.
Below is a 755 (Win10 Pro) computer, A UPS from many years ago which no longer works,
An MFJ 4275MV Power Supply for the IC-7410, and lots of JUNK.  And not shown

is an ICOM IC-7000 that I occasionally use as a mobile with a Tarheel II antenna.
The old TV under keyboard is now a foot stool.
I DO NOT OWN ANY AMPLIFIERS or speech processors,
my antennae do all the "heavy lifting" of my signals.


ARRL Awards

DXCC mixed (just ONE away from a 2nd)
DXCC 10m phone - Mostly from my Technician years
DXCC 15m phone - Just normal QSO's

WAS phone - Completed in 2014
2016 June VHF Contest - 1st Place Arkansas, SOLP
2017 June VHF Contest - pending


Arkansas Awards

2014 - Arkansas QSO Party - 1st Place Pope County - SOLP
2015 - Arkansas QSO Party - 1st Place Pope County - SOLP
2016 - Arkansas QSO Party - 1st Place Pope County - SOLP
2017 - Arkansas QSO Party - State Champion - SOLP

 


The New 6m Antenna GOES Up
March 19, 2013

With the help of an Alberts Tree Serivce bucket truck and owner/operator John,
my new M2 6m5 antenna got put in place.  Now I need to figure out somehow
to get the 6m band in good shape so I can use it.


The New Mosley 6-Band, 7-Element
Antenna Goes Up
March 24, 2012

With the crane holding the antenna assembly above my head, this OM was guiding the mast
into the sleeve with only 1/4" clearance. The Elmo Boom crane operator was absoutely fantastic
and was able to make micro movements to align the mast. Even though the balance was ever
so slightly off from true vertical, we were able to slip the mast in without any trouble.
It took only 10 minutes from initial lift to having the antenna secured to the rotor.


Thanks to my camera operator, the "Dutch Tilt" was used to make this image.
You can see the position of the crane in relation to the tower. From this
same location, he was able to reach the assembled antenna/boom in
the back yard and lift it over the house and to the top of the tower.
Best money I've ever spent on Amateur Radio.


The Finished Product
March 24, 2012



The shinny wire in front of the tree to the left is one leg of my 20m/40m CCD antenna.
The other leg is black and heads off the tower near the 2nd element to the right.
The black wire near the right front element tip is my center-fed, all band dipole.
At the top of the mast is a Diamond X-50A 2m/70cm fiberglas vertical.

 


New Antenna

It was time to upgrade my antenna farm. The 10m CushCraft came down safely and the new
Mosley TA-54-XLN-6 took to the tower March 24, 2012. The antenna was ordered
the first of February 2012. It arrived in just 2 weeks and then a couple of days putting
it together. The antenna covers 20m through 6m with typically 4 elements on each band.

Here is a picture from my roof of how it looked on the ground. As you can see, my
backyard is full of antenna. It was tested on all bands without an antenna tuner
and it worked as expected, even this close to the ground. Worst SWR was 3.0:1
on the low end of 6m and the best, just 1.15:1 at the low end of 20m.
The middle (CW through Phone) of each of the 6 bands is about 1.60:1.
Once on the tower, everything dropped to almost nothing.


Up There Is Where It Goes

To get it to the top of the tower, I had a boom crane parked in the driveway behind the tower.
After removing the old stack, the operator picked up the new mast/beam assembly and placed
it on the tower. With the help of the crane, it flew to the top of the tower in about 10 minutes.

 


The Old Tower Setup
 (Prior to March 24, 2012) 
Removing the old mast assembly shown below took about an hour and was a very
unbalanced load once free from the tower. It was a major effort to keep
things from fliping over and crashing down. We did complete the job
successfully thanks to neighbors helping on the ground handling the ropes.

This is a older view of my 30' tower (Rohn 25G) in the back yard. From bottom to top: DirecTV,
Heathkit Weather Station, Rainwise Weather Station, Yaseu G800SA Rotor,
CushCraft 10-4CD 10m Beam, ATV 11 element UHF beam and
the small antenna on top, is an original 2m Ringo Ranger.

Also tied to tower just below the rotator plate is a 20/40 CCD (ccdantennas.com)
Inverted "V" and a sloping dipole that will tune about anything.

This picture was taken in mid November 2011 as the leaves were just starting to turn.


And if I seem slow in responding,
here's the likely reason.

He's usually in this position, using my mouse as his pillow, sometimes even keying the desk mic.
Thankfully, he's only on the desk when I'm trying to use it.
The rest of the time he's probably in the chair keeping it warm.


Secondary Power Supply

And here is a $30 switching Power Supply, rated at 30A, powering the IC-718, the ERC
(Electronic Rotor Control) for the Yaesu G-800SA and the LED's in the wattmeters.
It also powers other items that typically stay on 24/7.

The brackets (p/n HI-979) are from Wal-Mart's Hardware Department.
A 4-pack fit the flathead screws from the case just right. Just don't
tighten the screws very tight or the threads on the case will strip out.


Too Much About Me

From 1965 to 1972, I was in the U. S. Navy. During 1967 to 1970, I helped operate the Navy MARS station (NØEFN) in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam while stationed there. During that time, I ran several thousand phone patches from servicemen caught in the conflict (not war) to their family and friends back in the States. When less than optimal 20m MARS band conditions existed, which was just about every morning, I talked to my family until the band improved enough that others would be able to carry on a decent phone call.

There were two complete Collins S-Lines with Tx, Rx and Henry amps as well as a couple other Collins transceivers. It was all fed to a 5 element beam pointed to Seattle, WA at 30' right on the beach front. Every morning I ran a daily QSO with stations in the Washington State area for phone patches. I came in one morning and remember smelling something electrical, and that was not good. When I fired up everythng for my morning schedule, I found out the smell was from one of the linears. I suspect that one of the other operators had tried to tune it to the maximum SWR instead of minimum SWR and maximum PWR out. That one became a real boat anchor. Luckly, he did not try the other one. If he did, he did it right.

I was "pressured" to get my license by a friend of my Grandmother in Sheridan, AR (W5WUM, Bland Harris) who has been a SK for a long time now. And after several visits, he finally decided that I could pass the 5 wpm code test. He was wrong!!!  I didn't the first or second tries, but I finally was able to copy, for me it was an increadible, 7 wpm. I had no problems encoding, it was the decoding that was my biggest shortfall. I was never a novice as I had no problems passing the Technician exam after getting past that code requirement. I was originally licensed as a Technician on April 27, 1973 while living in Little Rock, AR.  

My original call is the one I still have today - WB5JJJ. However in the heyday of repeaters, back in the early 1990's, mine was licensed as WR5AIR. And I had an auxiliary link in Heber Springs, AR - WB5LED as well. Years later, the FCC said they were recalling the repeater calls and that they could now be operated under a club or individual license. So there went WR5AIR. Then they notified all aux link license holders that those would need to be turned in as well. I was left with the choice of keeping WB5JJJ or WB5LED, and giving up the other one. So I figured that LED's might be a passing fad and released that call. Intrestingly, to date, neither call has been reissued, so what was the motivation behind the recalls. In the past 40 years, I've been so very happy that I kept WB5JJJ as it is somewhat unique and sounds great on CW. It has also been the pileup breaker for many of those rare DX stations, as it is easy for them to remember and call back out. And remember, I don't have any amplifiers. All I have is the barefoot power out of each rig, so I need all the help I can get and JJJ is a game changer. For years, I often thought that if I were to get a vanity call, I might go for NØEFN, which was the Navy MARS station call in Vietnam. It too, has never been reissued.  

For many, the first contact with me was from the projection booth at the old Arkansas Theater in downtown Little Rock, where I used my Regency HR-2A, a mag mount antenna and a small power supply, while I was totally bored showing movies to an almost empty house. I did show the WORLD PREMIERE of "White Lighting" staring Bert Reynolds to not one, but two back to back full houses the same night. That old theater actually seated over 1,500 with both balconies in use. They spent tens of thousands of dollars to remodel the theater for the premiere and then within a couple years, it was closed and finally torn down.

As a side note, I also showed the World RE-Premiere of "Gone with the Wind" at a huge Ultra Vision theater in Charleston, SC during my Navy stint a few years earlier. None of the "old" guys that ran theaters back then wanted the pressure of such an event, so I was selected to fill in. It was awesome. At the same time I was also running the projector at the Jamestowne Tri-Centenial event which featured "Miss Prissy" (the late Butterfly McQueen) from GWTW as well. Between her appearances on stage before each showing the first week, she would "hide" in the booth with me until time to "appear" on stage. She never made a dime from the movie after her final paycheck during production. But her personal appearances did bring in some money. Back then, only the lead actors had contracts that brought in residuals.

In late 1973, I took a job at Arkansas Nuclear One and that moved me to Russellville, AR. After about 10 years in Russellville, I managed to secure a contract from the then fledgling Pope County Ambulance Service and sold them a slew of ICOM HT's and several ICOM mobile rigs. My profit for that sale was an awesome IC-745. For many years, I burned the airwaves on 10m SSB and worked the world on 10m during sun spot cycles. The rig still works today.  In 1979, I started working for Arkansas Tech University as the Chief Engineer for Broadcast Productions.  

In 2005, I was "grandfathered" from "coded" Technician to unrestricted General class, and that opened up a whole new world to me. I distinctly remember shortly after my upgrade of being on 75m one evening and giving the whole Little Rock crowd, that I QSOed with on 2m for years, massive heart attacks when they heard me on the "low bands". Since then, I've covered the world. I'm not a major DX chaser, but do enjoy getting that next DX station pinned to my mental map.  However, after setting up my LoTW account, I realized that I qualified for the DXCC Award, so I did apply for that one.  Now, I'm closing in on the 2nd one.  

In early 2011, I added an ICOM IC-718 along side my ICOM IC-745 and then in November 2011, an IC-7410 joined my list of equipment. I linked the IC-7410 to Ham Radio Deluxe via a single USB cable for control and logging on my computer. I use a Heil Pro Headset/Mic for all voice QSO's. I've since added an IC-7000 which was in my car for a while, until it starting interfering with its Hybrid computers. So it's now boxed up, waiting for it's next need. I have added an ICOM IC-2830a 2m/70cm rig in the car in a trunk mount setup and a 2nd one in the shack. My original IC-745 still works great and is always handy as a standby rig, but mostly it's used for AM broadcast listening on a long wire.  

After 22 years as Chief Engineer for Broadcast Productions (Television and Radio) at Arkansas Tech University, I retired from that post in July 2011 and started off in yet another direction in my life. Where this leads is still unknown, but I'm sure it will be fun.

My word for retirement is "confusing". Like not having to get up early to go to work, not having to "work" for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week.  Now all the time in the world and still collect a couple of decent paychecks each month. I plan on traveling as much as I can. So far, I've been to 51 countries or policitally entities and recently added Canada (3 years in a row now), Tahita, New Zealand and the Cayman Islands as well as a return trip to Australia (after 40+ years, which I didn't count twice). Up next, a return trip to Germany and perhaps a river cruise through Europe, a South Pacific Islands cruise, an Alaska Cruise or a rail journey through southern Canada are in the future.  

Anyway, stay tuned.  


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WB5JJJ
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K5WE 2017-07-24 6m FT8 EM25ex United States Jeff Martin
NP4BM 2017-07-23 6m FT8 FK68lm Puerto Rico VICTOR M HERMINA
WP4JCF 2017-07-23 6m FT8 FK68ve Puerto Rico OSCAR CRUZ
KP4EIT 2017-07-23 6m FT8 FK68si Puerto Rico JOSE A MONTES
KV4FZ 2017-07-23 6m FT8 EM19fa US Virgin Islands Herbert L Schoenbohm
K5CM 2017-07-23 6m FT8 EM25ir United States Connie T Marshall
KD5J 2017-07-21 6m FT8 EM45es United States CORD J DAVIDSON
N2ADV 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FN23ea United States James M Shaver
N4HB 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FM17uu United States WILLIAM H BOZE
K2ZJ 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FN13ub United States JOHN V CARIOTI
K2BSA 2017-07-21 6m FT8 EM12kv United States K2BSA AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
N3RG 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FM29ki United States Raymond M Golley
K3KLC 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FM18rf United States SAMUEL E LEACH
K2GV 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FN30 United States GERALD M VIBERT
W3XY 2017-07-21 6m FT8 FM19kd United States DENLEY A BARNETTE

Book Totals: 9968 qso's   4419 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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United States Counties Award#1586
Granted: 2016-07-19 21:15:03   (WB5JJJ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#8079
Granted: 2015-06-20 17:17:47   (WB5JJJ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#3971
Granted: 2015-02-15 15:00:05   (WB5JJJ)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#636
Granted: 2015-02-15 15:00:04   (WB5JJJ)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Phone
DX World Award#896
Granted: 2015-02-15 15:00:02   (WB5JJJ)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
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