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Hello, and welcome to my QRZ.com page!  

ALL of my logs, from 1987 on, are now online in some manner at the following sites:

  • Clublog - every QSO uploaded in real time, also shown at the bottom of this page (refresh to update).
  • LOTW - uploaded after ever operating session, more or less.
  • QRZ - whenever I remember to do it, at least monthly.
  • HRDLog and HamQTH - whenever I remember to do it, at least monthly.
  • eQSL - uploaded after every operating session, more or less.

UPDATE: I regret to announce that, effective immediately, I will no longer be using eQSL. I discovered an error in my settings on that site where all of my QSOs since July 30, 2015 were confirming for Oakland County. However, since that date, I have lived in and operated from Wayne County. Further, eQSL's site and policies would not let me correct this error, even though my entered address is clearly in Wayne County. You would think their software would check this, but you would be wrong. Therefore, in the interest of maintaining some degree of integrity, I will simply stop using eQSL as a method of confirmation as I no longer trust it to be anything close to reliably accurate. I apologize for the inconvenience.

If you'd like me to do something other than LOTW that isn't eQSL, I'll need you to ask and maybe point me in the right direction to get set up if it's a different site. If you want a paper card, send me one of yours and I'll reciprocate, no problem.

I have been building up my shack little by little over the years, and now have a somewhat decent station set up. It's no super-station, but it's starting to come together pretty nicely:

The main HF rig is a Flex 6300 SDR. The mic is an Argonne bullet-mic I inherited from my grandfather and wired up for the Flex. It seems to work pretty well. The other mic is hooked to the TS-2000, and is cheap $20 Behringer studio mic that I ordered from that store named after a river in Brasil. To the far right is the old NYE straight key I got as a kid with my novice license. I use it for slower speed CW contacts occasionally. I've gotten to the point where I've needed to get back into CW in order to catch some of the more rare DX that I still need. If you manage to pull my signal out of the mud and can copy my fist, I thank you kindly.  That should be easier now that the ALS-600 is helping me out. Life is too short for QRP!

I've recently added a "vintage rig" to my collection: a Malcolmized Yaesu FT-102. This is a fantastic rag-chewer's radio. I've got it set up so I can switch the tuner and antenna system between it and the Flex. Pictured with it is my old Shure 444D, which seems to be a perfect pairing. The pill bottle converts the wiring of the Shure from Kenwood standard to Yaesu standard. I have made a similar adapter for the Flex since all my mics are wired for Kenwood. It was easier to make the adapters than to re-wire everything and then have to make an adapter anyway for the TS-2000. The key paired with this radio is my grandfather's (now SK) old franken-key .. I think it has parts from a few different keys he cobbled together long ago, but it works and looks pretty cool on that dark cherry base, don't you think?

The antenna system is entirely home-made and not shown because I haven't gotten around to taking pictures of it yet. The HF system is an 80m full wave loop with .. modifications .. to allow it to fit on my suburban lot. It looks like a pterodactyl catcher. At the highest, it's maybe 60 feet off the ground, and 25-20 feet at its lowest. It's fed with home-made open-wire feed line and a home-brew 4:1 current balun. It works great on 80m - 10m with the LDG auto-tuner's help. I've recently added an end-fed sloper that has allowed me to finally get some real capabilty on 160m. When using this, I switch my loop over to the other antenna jack and use it for RX only. It seems to work pretty well - I've managed to decode a bunch of EU and even a couple JA on 160m FT8 without much effort.

For VHF and UHF, I have a home-made "flower pot" half-wave vertical. Google it, and you'll find the design. It works surprisingly well. I've now got a dedicated VHF/UHF station consisting of my Kenwood TS-2000. I can do all modes with this one on 2m and 70cm, and it also serves as a backup in case the Flex or the computer that runs it has issues. By the way, you can also see my Kenwood TH-F6A sitting on the desk. Everyone needs a good handheld, and the F6A is a great one.

I have recently passed the 31-year mark since earning my first Ham Radio license at age 11!

Besides Ham Radio, I enjoy martial arts, computer programming (which also pays the bills), and firearms of all kinds.

Also, yes that is what you think it is on the monitors.  Don't blink!

Thanks for visiting! Hope to hear you on the air.

73

Live-ish log courtesy of ClubLog:

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United States Award#3281
Granted: 2017-07-28 00:14:44   (WK2X)

Grid Squared Award#15977
Granted: 2017-05-08 17:55:57   (WK2X)

Endorsements:
  • 20M Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#17428
Granted: 2017-05-08 17:55:47   (WK2X)

Endorsements:
  • 17M CW
  • 20M CW
  • 20M Digital
United States Counties Award#3101
Granted: 2016-07-23 05:09:18   (WK2X)

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  • 100 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#3697
Granted: 2016-05-03 17:40:58   (WK2X)

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