Timothy Lee (contest name "Mike") is a retired USAF Emergency Manager and Avionics Navigation Systems Technician.
I completed the 6-week (130 hours) Basic Electronics and 28-week Avionics Navigation Systems schools at Keesler AFB, MS. I then repaired and aligned radar altimeters; forward looking (FLR), doppler and search radars; LORAN, TACAN, DME, VOR, ILS and IFF navigational radio systems; and UHF, HF, VHF, survival radios and intercom communication systems for the F-5E, RF-4C, T-37 and T-43 (737) aircraft.
My first HF QSO was from RAF Alconbury in England with Keesler MARS in Mississippi. I made the QSO from the back seat of an RF-4C Phantom II using the aircraft's ARC-105 HF radio.
I passed my ARRL technician and general exams in October 2013, and shortly after, I passed the extra exam in January 2014.
I'm a member of the Central Arkansas Emergency Radio Net (CAREN) and volunteer as an operator at large running or bicycling events. The Arkansas Traveler 100 is our largest event and requires 30 hours of operation in a national forest. I also give back to the ham community as an active ARRL volunteer examiner (VE) and a local Elmer.
My QTH station is "100 watts and a wire." I have a vintage 5-band Kenwood TS-120 and a homemade 20M dipole antenna strung inside along the bedroom walls. I have the parts on-hand to build a exterior multi-band (80/40/20) parallel dipole on the eaves of the house.
My field station is the same TS-120S, but I add a pop-up cabana, TravelChair "Grand Canyon" folding table and chair and a homebrew AE5JU 80/40 turnstile NVIS antenna. I have bought a 60W solar panel and a KI0BK solar controller to keep a 40ah gel cell working. I hope to finish a portable "crappie pole" 20M Moxon beam antenna to add to the top of the NVIS mast for Field Day 2016.
I just started contesting in late 2015 and working on my LOTW WAS awards, But first I'm finishing my basic Appalachian Trail award. I'm also working on earning a National Parks on the Air certificate with more than a handful of contacts.
2016 is my year of digital. I recently bought a used Signalink USB and I am slowly acquiring RTTY, PSK, MT63 and WinLink skills.
CW is also coming along slowly with 9 letters memorized, but I can recognize "CQ CQ CQ de." and half of my callsign. I bought a Pixie CW kit from China and some additional 40M crystals. I hope to have it soldered and on the air this summer using my ARES laptop, CW Get, CW Type and an EARCHI EFHW antenna.
My future projects include building some backpackable Yagi antennas and a $300 synthetic aperture radar. Hams cam build and operate their own radar. How cool is that?
73 de AF5OI