Keystone Heights, FL 32656
County : Clay
Locator : EL99as
Radio : ICOM IC-7600
Amplifier: Ameritron AL-811 with QSK-5
Interface : Signalink USB
Software : HRD + DM780
Antenna1 : 10-80: G5RV (ZS6BKW) up 40 feet
Antenna2 : 30 meter dipole up about 35 feet
UPDATE August 28th, 2016: I've been back on the air since Dec 2, 2012 and I've worked 213 countries and all 50 states.
I have been at the Keystone QTH since July, 13th, 2016 and have worked 97 countries from here.
We just moved from The Villages in Florida to our new home in Keystone Heights. I actually have some room here to have a nice antenna farm. Not going to be too elaborate but nice. So far, I just got the ZS6BKW strung up today (7/17/2016). It seems to be working very well.
I am going to start my country count from zero again just for fun. Why not! I'll see how long it takes to get to 200 for starters.
I was away from Ham Radio for many years. I did the tall tower/big beam/high power thing years ago and it was great fun. The Villages QTH was restricted so I had to use a stealth antenna. Now that I have room and can put up whatever I want here in Keystone, I don't know what I want. For now, it's the G5RV (ZS6BKW).
UPDATE: I just added a 30 meter dipole because 30 meters is not a good band for the ZS6BKW. I'll be adding a loaded (short) delta loop on 80. Not sure about 160 yet.
Also, I have a tower in the works. It will be 60 feet with a Hazer lift. I have ordered a TA-53 + 40 meter add-on for it. Hopefully, that will all be completed in October, 2016.
My favorite mode is CW. I work CW, SSB, RTTY, and PSK. I "play" in contests. Never submit a score, but just like to play.
The rig is an Icom IC-7600. This was purchased on April, 17, 2016. So far, it has been outstanding. This replaced my old faithful IC-765. That was a great radio but it was time to move up to the next generation. I also bought a MFJ-4245MV 45 amp power supply at the same time. And I have recently added an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. I run about 400 watts on SSB & CW when needed. I still run barefoot most of the time. I just kick in the amp out of frustration when needed. I have been trying 25 watts barefoot and 100 watts with the amp on digital modes. I can get by barefoot most of the time. The exception to this is working early morning 40 meters to the west. I always run the amp. No use trying without it.
I just added a QSK-5 external QSK unit from Ameritron to the AL-811. I did the mod they suggested to control the bias (idle current) in the 811 from the QSK-5. This is working really well. It's just like the QSK operation you find in amps that have the QSK built in. Great job, Ameritron!
I have a web page (www.no4j.com) but right now it just sends you here. I will work on that later.
QSL is via http://eQSL.cc (AG)
Good DX'ing & 73
Current Shack in Keystone Heights, FL. I'll organize it later. Just moved in.
Previous shack in the Villages, FL
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