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Hi! I'm Gary. I received my Tech. license in July of '07. In October of '07 I upgraded my license to General class, and July 01 of 2009 I upgraded my license again to Extra Class.I welcome any information and advice. Please feel free to e-mail me at my QRZ.com information page for this call sign.

I am 57 and medically retired due to a stroke that left me partially paralyzed and unable to walk without the assistance of a walker (now using a cane- getting a little better). Update: I have put down the cane and am doing well. I am down to only one or two falls a week. I WILL beat this!

Prior to that I was a corp trainer for a major software company. I traveled world wide (had to add 13 extra pages to my passport to get all the visa stamps) to train wireless telephony engineers to program my company's software that controlled the connection from their wireless telephone systems to land line telephone systems (GSM,CDMA,TDMA to PTSO).

I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world (KE5RQZ) and I have three grown children, one step son, and12 grandchildren (with a new set of twins).

In April of 2009 I was lucky enough to get a new antenna in the air. I have a real nice 'home brew" system on a 80 foot tower which is now complete with 12 bands(70 cm, 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40, 60 , and 80 meters) total on three coax feed lines. (Designed, tuned, and construction supervised by Gary Pannell WA5FWC).

Coax #1is a dual band "J" pole for VHF/UHF (connected to Yaesu FT-8900), which is on top of a 5 band 2 element qubical quad. The quad is controlled by coax #2 (see photo attached). There is a sixth band on the quad, a 4 element quad for 6 meters and it has it's own coax attachment, which is coax #3 so that I can dedicate a radio to monitoring that band for openings ( now connected to a Yaesu FT-897D). Coax 3 is now active with the 4 element cubical quad and is working fantastic on 6 meters.

Below all that, at the 60 foot level, there are 4 dipoles (inverted Vs) for 80, 60, 40, and 30 meters. All the inverted V antennas and five of the bands on the quad are controlled by one coax and a switch box with relays built in, and mounted on the tower at the 65 foot level. Each band and antenna has it's own feed line and all the feed lines from the inverted Vs and all five bands from the quad antenna are attached to one coax #2 via this relay box. No antenna tuner is needed at the radio, as the antennas are all resonant on every band.(Special thanks to Josh Berry AE5FN for the control box build and tower work. That is Josh on the tower in the photo).

The relay box is connected to my T2X Tail Twister rotator control box and is controlled by a rotatory switch that was built into the Tail Twister direction controller. The rotor control box is set up with different LED lights for each antenna. So now I only need to turn the switch until the correct LED lights up for the antenna wanted, set my direction with the rotator control, and I am ready to talk on the band selected.

Now, I can control all the HF antennas with the flip of a rotary switch that is installed in my Tail Twister control box. So far I am very pleased with the quad and have a lot of DX contacts that I never was able to hear before putting the antenna up.

Photos are here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/garytel54/AntennaPhotos# (control box build)

http://picasaweb.google.com/garytel54/QuadII# (quad antenna build)

NEW UPDATE: I have just completed the build of a Home Brew amplifier for use on the HF bands. I am getting 1 Kw output on 80 and 40 meters, I get about 800 output on 20 and 17 meters and 750 output on 15 and 10 meters. Seems to be stable and working well. Thanks again to WA5FWC (Gary) for all the build assistance and the design work!

ANOTHER UPDATE: The main transceiver in my shack is now a Yaesu FT-2000. It is loaded with filters and has all the features I could ever want or use. I also purchased the MD-200 desk microphone and the DMU-2000 and it makes a very impressive looking (at least to me) set-up. I am very happy with the performance and features. I love the band scope as well as being able to plot the SWR across an entire band with ease. Thanks to all that helped me set the microphone and processor settings on the air. The back up rig is my old and reliable Yaesu FT-990 with a Heil ProSet Plus head set.

Thank you for reading my bio and 73 - Gary




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