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This is how Gene's station is equipped in 2017

KX3/KXPA100/KPA500/KAT500 Running 500W into Vertical and Dipoles for HF. 

Using Win4K3Suite Software for a pure  Elecraft SDR Experience with a lot of knobs thrown in !

"Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler"      re:  Albert Einstein

Anytime you can read a quote from Einstein, you know you are having a fine day !       re: K5PA


Greetings my friend, please call me Gene, a short name for Eugene. Thank you for looking up my call sign and hope we are currently having a QSO on the ham radio. My lovely XYL (Carolyn, AD5HP) and I live in the community of Grand Mesa, Crystal Falls that is West of Leander, Texas (pronounced "le-an-der"). We live at the start of the Hill Country in Central Texas. Leander was first settled in 1845, the same year the Republic of Texas was Annexed into the United States (December 29, 1845). Leander was established as a town in 1882, and today, has a population approaching 50,000.

Leander is a good 20 miles Northwest of Austin, called the "Live Music Capital of the World." That is because Austin is home to some of the largest music events including "South by Southwest (SxSW)" and the "Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Austin's unofficial motto is "Keep Austin Weird," and it is in many, many ways. (hi hi)

Photo Caption: Various facets of ham radio and boating with our 3rd harmonics on the Highland Lakes.

My favorite operating modes are Morse CW, low bandwidth digital signaling and working DX. My XYL and I always enjoy participating in ARRL Field Day and the Texas QSO Party. You can also find me tuned in to the 7163 kHz Net  to keep up with 40M DX in the wee hours of the morning.

My interests include working ham radio satellites, the International Space Station (ISS), low power digital modes (lately JT65 and JT9), DX, State QSO Parties, ARRL Field Day, QRP to the Field, and HF mobile. 

Since the inception of the FCC/VEC program I have been a Volunteer Examiner (VE) and "give back" to amateur radio by helping others achieve their goals of becoming radio operators.

You are invited to visit my website http://www.k5pa.com  for a closer look at my interests.

 

I was originally licensed as WN5KPG, then WA5KPG, in San Antonio, Texas, but upgraded many years ago to Amateur Extra, whereby, I selected my current callsign. I have always been excited about the mysteries of radio propagation which led me to a career in RF engineering. Many of our family members have also become hams over years including my lovely XYL (Carolyn, AD5HP), daughter, sons-in-law, my  father (a silent key), sister, brother-in-law and someday, Lord willing, our grandchildren.

I am a co-founder and Club Trustee of the Hill Country Mountain Topper Association (HCMTA), an Amateur Radio Club in the Central Texas Area. We use the club call sign N5MTA.

The "Purpose" of HCMTA is:

     1) to foster an environment for learning Radio Science and Communications System Engineering and further develop radio communication systems design and implementation and henceforth, to further the state-of-the-art; 

     2) to provide the necessary tools for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to club members of all ages;

     3) to further the fraternity of radio amateurs interested in establishing and operating amateur radios in mobile, temporary or remote locations during Special Events, Experimental Radio Demonstrations and Radio Sport Contesting;

     4) to provide portable radios operated in remote locations for the study of radio propagation across the radio spectrum.

     5) to teach radio system setup and operating procedures during special club events.

I recently retired as a Systems Engineer from a radio communications technology company specializing in radio-geolocation and its applications.

Professionally, I hold the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from The University of Texas at Austin, I am a Life Senior Member of the I.E.E.E. and a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Texas (Retired).

In addition to ham radio, my XYL and I are most excited about our 11 grandchildren and watching them grow. We love leisure boating on our beautiful Lake Travis located in the Central Texas Hill Country.  We are also active in tennis and, related to this, we volunteer with The Special Olympics Texas program by serving as Certified Tennis Coaches.

 

Photo Caption: Ham Radio to the Field from Texas State Parks with Lovely XYL, AD5HP. Logos of organizations I enjoy.

REMOTE BASE RADIO TECH NOTES 

​​WIRELESS HEADSET/GPS/TIME TECH NOTES

ANTENNA DESIGN TECH NOTES

A FEW MODEST AWARDS

  

 

     

The 7163net Group members activiated the Galagapos Islands in September 2017. Here is one of my QSL cards from this DX-pedition.

One of my Many Treasured Memories, a QSL Card From T42US, October 2015

The 7163net Group members were responsible for leading the effort in activating Cuba in this joint activity. 

The 4V1TL callsign from Radio Club D'Haiti  is a Special Event Station.   

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

My current log from Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Web Log Book

Today's AccuWeather     U.S. Lightning (Blitzortung.org map) 

              

Click on either map to update to current conditions

My Station Information (This Link Will Take you to My WebSite, Just Click Photo Below)

Photograph of the DXE4030VA1 Thunderbolt, 40/30m vertical in the backyard with quantity 60, 33-foot radials on the ground.

Other wire antennas include a 160m half wavelength dipole and an End Fed 80m dipole suitable for 80-10m operations, and The Texas Star 20-10m vertical.

Below is shown the V/UHF stack located just outside the ham shack. The beam antennas point to dominate population centers to reduce complexity of having to provide rotation.

I am also using RemoteHams (http://www.remotehams.com/) server and client software to allow remote operations using Windows PC and Android phone/tablet devices. The following equipment is being used.

I support the DX Code of Conduct

                                   

... and to all my new friends,  

                               73

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United States Counties Award#3427
Granted: 2016-07-26 12:10:02   (K5PA)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
DX World Award#2966
Granted: 2015-12-07 10:35:02   (K5PA)

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#11028
Granted: 2015-11-02 11:50:03   (K5PA)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 30 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • Mixed Digital
Grid Squared Award#9641
Granted: 2015-11-02 11:50:02   (K5PA)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • Mixed CW
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#1561
Granted: 2015-11-02 11:50:02   (K5PA)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
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