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Welcome to my QRZ page! I'm originally from the UK (not too far from the Scottish border), and have lived in Oklahoma, USA since 2001.  That explains the weird, muddled accent you hear on the air.  I'm silly, have a strange sense of humour, and easy going, so feel free to say hi if you hear me on the air.

I first got into radio via CB. They were legalized in the UK in 1981.  I was 9. CB radios also sparked an interest in electronics, purely because I was obsessed with the RX/TX LED's and the moving coil signal meter.  To cut a very very long story short - I ended up pursuing it seriously, and eventually ended up making a living as an RF Engineer.

It's funny how it seems that whatever you do for a living doesn't find its way into your hobby. For example, auto mechanics often have the beat up cars, plumbers have cobbled together plumbing systems, etc.... So, in keeping with that myth, I really don't find myself messing with RF electronics as a hobby.  I mean, I do a little bit, but not like some of the real hardcore hams do.  If there's a problem, I'll work on fixing it, but when you spend all day RF-ing it, you don't usually want to come home and continue doing it. I prefer to buy equipment rather than make it, and I'm into ham radio mainly for the social aspect. I like to ramble. Also, I'm interested in HF propagation.

I am also here to learn from other hams.  My work is in the UHF range and above, so learning about high powered HF electronics, antennas, and propagation from other, more experienced hams is fascinating for me.

Aside from that, I'm a big flight simulator nerd, and love anything to do with PC's. I've been a severe weather enthusiast since 2003, and have been actively learning about, tracking and chasing (sometimes) severe weather since 2006.

I took my technician and general ham exams in 2011.  Originally I wanted to just do the technician level so I could get on 2m/70cm for weather nets and other associated stuff, but I ended up taking the general also.  I actually took a ham license class, at the Aeronautical Center Amateur Radio Club. I felt that this was the correct way to do it. N5PT led a stellar class, which inspired me to not just take the technican class, that there was much more to amateur radio, and I'm thankful for that.

I'm a member of the best damn ham club out there - the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS). Click here to visit the W5NOR website! And no, it's not in Canada.

After getting more and more into HF in 2015/2016, I found myself getting irritated that kept forgetting that I couldn't transmit on some of the low end frequencies on some of the HF bands, so out of necessity and frustration, I upgraded to extra in 2016.

Feel free to contact me at the email address above, or via the contact page on my website

My website is at http://www.AD5GG.com if you want to check that out (or click the logo above).

Currently running 100W and a wire (except when using WSPR!)

Main antenna is an Off Centre Fed Dipole at about 25 feet, resonant on 6, 10, 20, and 40 meters. Via MFJ-939 Automatic Antenna Tuner if working other bands.

Secondary is a 35' end fed wire antenna in a tree. Interface to the radio is via a 9:1 unun and a MFJ-939 Automatic Antenna Tuner.

73, and good DX de AD5GG!

 

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