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After years of sitting on the sidelines, I earned my Tech license in April 08 and upgraded to General in May 08. My father was a ham for many years, first being licensed in 1939 and after some years away from the hobby was licensed again in 1977. He became a silent key in 1980.I was fortunate enough to obtain his old call sign as my vanity call, so after 28 years, WD0FKX is back on the air.


The most important radio at my QTH is not operational at this time. It is my father's Drake TR-4C. I hope to get it on someone's work bench some day soon to see if we can get it up and ready to get on the air.

My own first radio was a Kenwood TS-940 with the classic MC-60 microphone. I bought it from one of my elmers when I first got my ticket in 2008. It has been a wonderful radio and I have worked all states and many countries on it.

For Christmas 2011, I got a new radio.... the Kenwood TS-590S. What a wonderful radio it is turning out to be. There are quite a few new things to learn...menu wise, but it is a great radio and already exceeding my expectations. Very fun learning everything it can do, especially the computer control capabilities allowing me to operate it remotely.


My first antenna was a G5RV up in the oak trees and I worked all states and many countries on it.

Tower: Late in 2011, I put up a 40 foot Rohn tower. I was lucky enough to have had a family friend take it down from their home when they were moving and they offered it to me if I wanted to come up to pick it up. And that is what I did.

10 - 20 meters: My lovely bride and son bought me an antenna for my birthday/fathers day in the summer of 2011. It is a 5 band Hexogonal Beam antenna by K4KIO. The antenna is proving to be an excellent antenna, allowing me to hear and talk with countries that I never had heard before with just the wire antenna.

40 meters: I also built a new homebrew 40 meter wire vertical antenna, similar to a design featured in the August 2011 issue of QST. It is 34 feet of wire hung from a 45 foot tree branch with the center insulator at 10 feet above ground. Two 34 foot counterpoise radials are extended from the center insulator at 180 degree angle, parallel to the ground at a height of 10 feet. The take off angle is estimated at 22 feet... so hoping it will be a good DX antenna.

80 meters: I also built a new 80 meter dipole configured as an inverted V with the apex up to standoffs on top of the tower. Pullies make raising and lowering the dipole a breaze.







The photo above is looking out the window of my shack at sunset.

The new 5-Band hexogonal beam by K4KIO on 40 foot Rohn tower.


The new Kenwood TS-590S with the Heil Goldline and running on Ham Radio Deluxe.




This is where I will be for Field Day....




This is my mobile setup





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