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UPDATE: Aug 14, 2017

So I started something new this year.  My other hobby is wildlife photography, if you haven't guessed by the photo's posted below...  We go camping once a month starting in June and I do a lot of photography during those trips.  I am sending out a unique QSL card from each of those trips, to every station that makes contact with me.  It will be a 8x10 frameable photo.  I'll pick my favorite shot from each trip and send it out to all the stations that made into my logbook.  June's photo was a unique hummingbird shot of a Ruby throat hummer (below).  I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoy sharing my photo's....

​NEXT TRIP: Aug 16-22, 2017

​FREQ: I will be on 20M most of the time calling CQ so tune in and get the next photo for August.  Times of day will vary depending on the weather conditions at our camp site.

Ruby Throat Hummingbird - defensive posture



​UPDATE:  Mar 5,2017

​I've been off HF for a few months and playing around with DMR (Digital Mobile Radio). I am using a Tytera MD-380 (UHF version) and SharRF Open Spot, it's a fantastic combination.  Solid connection, fantastic audio, makes for a great mobile platform.  A really great resource for all DMR information is the FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/158270421244005/

BrandMeister Talkgroup 3148 based out of Texas.  Very active group with a lot of experts that can answer all questions.  I would also load the hack firmware MD380TOOLS, really makes using the radio a joy!



UPDATE Feb 27, 2016   I found a great group on 7.155

Group information can be found at  http://group7155.com/

They are on daily from about 13:00 UTC till 14:30 UTC daily.  We use NetLogger and the AIM window within NetLogger to keep up with folks coming and going.  All topics are covered and everyone is welcome. Please stop in some time and say hello and vist the web site for more group information. 

My first callsign was KF7ZVG.  So many people commented on how hard it was to repeat that I submitted my vanity call sign a few months after passing my extra class.

Vanity call sign issued on 1/15/16 - AK7RM

I return QSL cards 100% of the time and no SASE is required.  I like collecting them so please send them on!!!

 I am currently working for Boeing in Mesa Arizona, where they build the Apache helicopter.  I've been there since 1995.  Came from Cincinnati OH where I worked for GE Aircraft Engine division.

Lived in: Binghamton NY, Reading MA, Londonderry NH, Erie PA, Albuquerque NM, Kenwood OH, West Chester OH, Hamilton OH, Poway CA, Escondido CA, Ft Wayne IN, Mesa AZ, Tucson AZ.

Station information:

I recently sold my Yaesu FTDX-3000D, Yaesu FL-7000 amp and bought a Elecraft K3, P3, KPA500 and KAT500.  Owning the Elecraft KX3 and pan adapter PX3 convinced me to sell the Yaesu gear and go with the K line of Elecraft.  It took a little while to set up the trasmit audio but I got a lot of help from all the Elecraft owners out there.  I owe them a big THANK YOU....

I also own the Yaesu FT-8800R/E, Yaesu FT-857D, Heil PR-781 MIC, True Talk 1 dipole antenna, G5RV-JR antenna. Outbacker antenna, Alex Loop, home brew 20m vertical that kicks butt with SWR 1.1/1 or less across the entire band and the MFJ Bigears (what a surprising little antenna from MFJ)....

Got my technician license in 2012 my General on 4/21/15 and Extra on 1/15/2016 .  Got interested in Ham radio while I was very young.  My uncle had a great ham shack in Poughkeepsie NY when I was 7 years old.  When we got a chance to visit I was always bugging my Uncle Maynard to fire up the ham radio.  I was always so impressed that he could talk around the world.  So this brings back a lot of fond memories, so much so that it's hard to explain...

My other hobby is Wildlife photography.  Shot with Nikon for the first 10yrs but switched over to Canon about 4 years ago.  Feel free to look around my wildlife photo gallery here: 


For a direct link to all my wildlife photos click on the web link below:


Got some updated photos...

Here is the new shack as of April 4/2017 and I'm louvin it...

32" Samsung UHD 2K monitor, Elecraft K3, P3, KPA500 and PAT500


Love to go camping at Woods Canyon Lake in Central Arizona.  Here are a few from my last trip, can you see my buddy, was hard to make a QSO without laughing...

Below is one of my favorites from this last trip, Ruby throated hummingbird...  

Never know what your going to see...

Below a Chipmonk squirrel snagging the little seeds on top of these weeds growing in the area.

Below: a Male Broad-Tailed hummingbird posing for me! 

Below: Did you know that hummingbird tongues have pockets on both side of their tongue that open up to gather nectar and close when they are retracted...  So cool!

I took the picture below (of a Rufus hummingbird) while we were camping out at Woods Canyon Lake, 30 miles east of Payson AZ.  I now combine my joy for photography with my new joy "Ham Radio".  You can catch me on the mobile rig for few days every month, during the summer months, broadcasting from Woods Canyon Lake.  I'm usually calling CQ on 20m, conditions permitting.

The picture below (coyote) was taken about a 1/4 mile from my house, in Mesa Arizona, in Usery State Park.  I was lucky enough to get this photo in the 2013 Arizona Game and Wildlife calendar.


As you can tell, I like photographing hummingbirds.  They just amaze me.


Another Ruffs hummingbird taken a few weeks ago at Woods Canyon Lake...


Took a stroll in the desert this morning (7.26.15) and while looking for a Harris Hawk nest we came upon this little guy.  Welcome to the Arizona Desert...



I guess I should add a shack photo...

I'm looking forward to making a lot of contacts on the radio....  73's to you all.


P.S.  I QSL 100% of the time (I like to collect them), no SASE required.  So send your QSL card via mail.  I will reply ASAP.  My QSL card is the photo I took of the Rufus hummingbird that I photographed while camping in central Arizona, it's the 1st photo on this page....

During the months of June and July these little jewels are migrating from south to north and are very hard to photograph as they are very territorial and rarely sit still long enough for a good shot... 


Woods Canyon Lake Map

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