I am KC (yes like the Sunshine Band...) and I live in Kirby, Texas... which is essentially San Antonio. I was born in the year of Star Wars and Smokey and the Bandit. So, I guess I am a fairly young ham, overall.
I am an Electrical Engineering student and I have a LONG way to go... especially at 1/2-time! I plan to get a second major in Physics after my E.E. and go on to Master's and hopefully PhD in Physics or E.E. I am currently considering RF, Electronic Materials, and Communications as concentrations. I have several unique ideas for Masters and/or Doctorate research projects that I am narrowing down to commence now. I can't wait 4 more years to start DOING stuff!
I work as a Network Analyst at a local utility company and make a decent wage. I am able to afford parts and components, but not multi-GHz O-scopes or other expensive toys. Hence, I want to eventually become a professor, and have access to university resorces! (and actually RESEARCH things...!) I am a huge UTSA Roadrunners football fan! the team was founded in 2009 and played their first game in 2011. I have had season tickets from day 1. Ok, so they're a new team, so the tickets are cheap... but... I've upgraded to 30 yard line, upper deck, front row! Right on the rail! Wooo hoo! FANTASTIC VIEW! I hope to transfer to UTSA in a year or so. They have a well-established engineering program that gets better every year. When I do, I'm going to get a tattoo of the Roadrunner on me somewhere... arm, leg, shoulder... not sure yet.
I have a 275 foot loop wire antenna up 20-40 feet from 4 trees and an old TV antenna mast. I also have a 40-foot Rohn I can't wait to pour concrete for! It's not up yet.
I just finished an RF-upconverter so that I can tune 50MHz and below on my Nooelec RTL-SDR dongle. Now I can receive from near-DC to 1.7GHz on my laptop and see the airwaves. I started to explore a few weeks ago and was receiving what appeared to be unique signals WAY past the advertised 1.7GHz... will set up equipment soon to test/confirm the true range of these little Sino-wonders!
I built a Michigan Mighty Mite for my transmitter. It's on a scrap of oak with wood screws for tie points and various bits of copper linking the parts. I have a beautiful retro-style version under construction on a nicely finished plank of wood with 2mm brass rod as the interconnect and whatever nice brass parts and old mica insulators I could find on eBay to pretty it up. I'll be initially setting that one up for 40 meters somewhere...
With the SDR and the super-simple transmitter, I plan to begin very gently and scientifically experimenting with radio and electronics in-general, observing how my changes affect the output, and reading for advice and tricks. Eventually, I want to progress to building a full transceiver set that will operate from DC to 5GHz (only transmitting where legal, of course). As I progress through the bands, I will use the best design,technique, filters and optimizing subsystems,and antennas appopriate for each step of the spectrum. I am not concerned about compactness, only functionality and cost to some degree. I am sure it will have numerous completely independent transmitters and receivers inside to accomodate the range of frequencies.
I have a very nice electronics lab bench and metal fab setup in my garage for building everything from radios to entire residential antenna towers.
I have a lovely wife, a brand new baby Charlie, (4) step-kids, several beloved dogs, a cat with a studded leather collar, and a tank with some turtles.
K9SPY is my FCC Amateur Radio callsign. I recently got it on the license plate of our truck, car, and my dual-sport motorcycle.
This year I hope to have a home-built radio setup mounted in ammo cans on my Suzuki DRZ-400 for ARRL Field Day, where I will assume the role of using my "dirt bike" to get to the top of some random local peak to setup a relay point (repeater) to get emergency radio traffic out of a valley and off to whichever direction it is needed. I'll have to fabricate a suitable "luggage rack" along with some electronics to support the power needs and mount it all on my VERY small street-legal dirt bike.
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