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Thanks for the contact! The name is JB.   (ex KR5RK, KR5RR)

Three/Four times a year, remote ops (or QRP) from /5 land QTH, and other locations while traveling.
   47 Long Cove Court 
   Madison, MS 39110 (EM42xk)

QRO base station in
/6 land, Benicia, CA. Access Benicia QTH via internet, remote controling KX3/100 with Win7, Teamviewer, and Win4K3Suite. Apoligize for occasional busted QSO due to internet latency, dropouts, computer audio disappearing, and software crashes, but it beats trying to work /P from hotels or no ops at all. 

2017/11: 53N 60m, Channel 2 (5,348); changed times with DST going away: Sunday and Thursday at 17h00 PST, 01h00 UTC. Sunday is after the 40m FRN on 7,056 and before the 80m FRN on 3,556.

2016/09/10-11 ARRL VHF contest; NR5NN/M Rover: CM97, Mt. Diablo State Park Summit; CM87, Pleasant Hill; CM88, Benicia Ghost Fleet. Operating on 6m/2m/1.25m/70cm FM, 6m/2m/70cm SSB. 6m CW. Mobile vertical quarter wave antennas on all four bands. 100 watts on 6m, 50 watts on 2m, 20 watts on 70cm, 5 watts on 1.25m. Also had K6HES/Rover making some contacts, same bands, same places.

2016/06/25: Field Day Ops, NR5NN/Mobile, from Cortez, CO, about 4 miles from Mesa Verde Naitonal Park, but not in the park. Battery powered 55 watts to 20m and 40m hamsticks on car. Many thanks to the 114 QSO in two, two hour sprints, one each on 20m and 40m.

NR5NN Origin: Yes, it's a CW call sign. The most common letter combinations heard when working CW DX or a contest are CQ and “5NN” for 599 RST. When working a contest requiring a sequence number or a SKCC’er, “NR?” or just “NR” is very common. So I combined two of the three into a new call sign, NR 5NN. The downside is CW spotting networks like Reverse Beason Network don't recognize it.

CW: Please consider joining one of our NAQCC QRS nets,  http://www.naqcc.info/cw_nets.html  

or our "FRN" FarnsWord CW "social" net - date/time/frequency change with the season, check the web site above.

The FarnsWord net, however, is not QRS - it is a ~20 WPM base speed with extra space between words rather than between the letters, with the goal of improving CW copy/sending skills. We try and get in two, three or more rounds an hours op time.


NR5NN/Mobile: This is a whole different setup than the HeathKit HW-12 75m SSB rig with 12' Texas Bug Catcher antenna I used in/on my 1967 VW bug when working for Collins Radio in Texas in the late '60s. Recently acquired a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The MH 59A8J remote mic makes the FT-857 an awesome mobile rig. The single lever paddle is the American Morse MiniB, the double lever is American Morse Dirt Cheap Paddle. A "helper" 7AH battery is under the radio. 



   Mobile: FT-857D or TS480SAT with Hamsticks, mostly 40m CW (7.046 +/-) and some 20m (14.046 +/-)

   Shack: KX3/100 with doublets at 35' 

   RETIRED: 3 SoftRock RXTXs, QRPp 1.0 watt on 80/40, or 30/20/17, or 15/12/10, w/ZM-2 & dipoles (PSK31 & CW only).

Garage based shack is not very impressive. KX3/100 is the new shack rig (11/2016). American Morse Bushwhacker single lever paddle with J-38 companion form novice days. FT-857D is now permanently mobile, or portable with 7AH batteries. Kenwood TS480 SAT w/panadaptor is also mobile.

ANTENNAS: Simple wire antennas. Thanks primarily to L. B. Cebik W4RNL (SK), I've re-discovered twin lead (reliving the 60's!) and balanced wire tuners. So, by abandoning single band coax fed dipoles, the current antenna count is down to three 300 Ohm Twin Lead fed doublets for multiband operation:

- 44 foot flat top doublet running W/E, 30 feet high

- 67 foot flat top doublet, running N/S, 33 feet high

- 135 foot flat top doublet, running N/S, 35 feet high

Update: the KX3 and KPX100 have AWESOME tuners. Rarely use a (big box) MFJ-974HB Balanced Line Tuner with 300 ohm twin lead that goes SWR nuts when it rains. And a 2m/70cm Tram dual bad vertical, bought from all places, Home Depot, fed with 30' of RG6 - yep, RG6. All are up on lumber yard masts (2x6, 2x4, 2x3, 2x2). 

Portable ops while camping - antenna are everything. What is working best on 60/40/30/20/17m, is hamsticks on the Van. Not quite "tent" or "picnic bench" stuff, but it works for me. Previously used FT817/ZM-2 combo with different antennas but the FT857/Hamsticks work much better.

No! This is NOT my antenna farm - belongs to neighbor K2GMY/Dick, jsut across the street, and there's more in his back yard, He's mostly a QRP HF contester or on VHF/UHF thru 1,296 MHz these days, especially 6m with the 6 element beam. He's nuts - does SSB contests with 4 watts - far more patience than I.

OPERATION: Almost all CW but trying the KX3's PSK mode with some success. Most of the rest is FM, on 2m/70cm with a little bit of SSB on Coffee Mug Net Saturday morning.

#5604 NAQCC - North American QRP CW Club (NCS for 40m FRN net)

#8118 SKCC - Straight Key Century Club (original J-38 from my novice days, of course!)

#2855 FPQC - Flying Pigs QRP Club

Not really a "contester" but I do get a kick out of two hour sprints, mainly NAQCC, SKCC, & QSO Parties, especially California. Not into certificates or awards, but happy to hard copy QSL any QSO and especially Solano County, or CM88 Grid Square, if you want one - no return postage needed. (Don't do eQSL or LOTW.)


If you're still reading and interested in Ancient History:

HeathKit HR-10; VF-1 VFO & Hallicrafters HT-40 with Globe 200 watt amp; J-38 key; Eagle Scout;

General station 1959

Started with my Dad's interest in SWL'ing and the two of us hunting stations on an old Philco radio with a couple of MW/SW bands. I have a life long appreciation of his support, encouragement and facilitation of my hobby transitioning into a career. A Boy Scout Radio Merit badge, then Novice, and General. Earned a 2nd Class Radio Telegraph to work for my (ex)uncle, a Merchant Marine ship Captain (Lykes Steamship Lines) but that didn't last long (divorce). While in college earned a 1st Class Radio Telephone and was a part time, late night, associate UHF TV station engineer, Channel 42 Birmingham (back when only six people were watching). Fresh out of college, landed my dream job as a Field Engineer for Collins Radio Company, Dallas, TX. However, as time passed, working on really big VLF transmitters (>500kw) with really long antennas (~30,000' vertical hanging out the back of a KC-130, and/or a five mile long horizontal loop in MI & AUS, controlled by really expensive computers, kinda burned me out on radios (check TACAMO on Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TACAMO  ). Turned my avocation, amatuer radio, into my vocation, radio engineer - ruined my hobby. And, I met a girl, got married, life happened. Went QRT from ~1971 to 2010. Still working, but now I've reversed that: turned my vocation, product support management, into my avocation (hobby) and got my radio hobby back.

Funny thing, ocean kayaking and VHF marine radios got me back into ham radio! Back on the ham bands in early 2010, first VHF/UHF with a VX-7R HT, then HF with the 1 watt SDR RXTX SoftRocks (30/20/17 tri-bander pictured above). Had a lot of success with the 1 watt QRPp rig on 17m and 30m with sloping dipoles, working 37 states and 17 countries on CW and PSK31 - did 6,000 miles/per watt many times to Eastern Europe & Asia Pacific. Got the FT817 (49 states [no CW ops in Delaware?] & 113 countries), and after a year of QRP, built a 30 watt amp. Just before Field Day 2013 got the FT-857. Oh, and finally got Delaware, QRP digital first and then he reluctantly switched to CW. Field Day 2015, acquired a TS-480. Hummm, seems there's something about Field Day........ Then in November 2016 I've acqired a loaded KX3 with amp - what a great rig!


When I turned 15 and got my driver's license, had to choose between buying a car, or a Hallicrafters SX-117 receiver: ham radio won - and I've never regretted it. However I do regret that the whole rig was stolen from my apartment during my Junior year - they also took the Vibroplex bug but left the J-38 key, that I still have and use.

Hallicrafters HT-40 with HeathKit VF-1 VFO, Hallicrafters SX-117, J-38 key

Hallicrafters HT-40, VF1, SX-117

73 de JB



PS: The Hobby I gave up to get back into Amatuer Radio - don't regret this decision either:


- - - RIP, Audrey Sutherland, 1921-2015​ - - -


Audrey Sutherland's adventures, solo inflatable kayaking around Hawaii Islands and the Aluetian Islands (AK), inspired and motivated me, leading to my inflatable Red Barge and many happy hours on the water. The need for, and then using, a VHF marine radio while ocean kayaking and paddling in marine shipping channels in and around San Francisco Bay, Carquinez Starit, and the Sacramento River Delta, is what got me re-interested in, and then back into amatuer radio, after a 40 year QRT.

(07/2015 Lake Tahoe pix)


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