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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.

My main rig is a Kenwood TS-2000 and I am still super excited to have it! I actually sold it 6 months ago in a tax-crunch, and bought another one as soon as I cleared the money. LOVE the Kenwood TS-2K.

Antenna is a long wire loop "Skywire" originally cut for 80M - but lost a few meters! then a few weeks ago I cut it fully down to 40 Meters so it could suspend like a tightrope instead of flopping in the trees. I have about 70M worth of space for an antenna! Not 80! :-( 

Its on Rohn 25 39' tower at 10.5 meters, a pipe mast at 10 meters, tree at 11 meters, and another tree at 9 meters. MFJ-934 manual tuner for now, but I have some killer parts to make my own tuner. Also have some motors and servos, may make a remote, possibly semi-auto tuner? Stay-tuned!

Recently got a 817ND, havent had the chance to really learn it yet. Not even a QSO. I'll get there.

99% of my ham is Digital Modes. JT-65. Want to get into RTTY and PSK and probably some of the other modes like Olivia, Contestia, Hellschreiber, and others.

I've learned CW for about 33% of the alphabet and all the numbers. Still making progress.  

Recent PRIZE acquisition is my PK-900 data terminals. I have one that is serial number 205 from 1991, and another SN 2501 that is FULLY upograded with DSP, 9600 modem, and PSK upgrade kit. VERY excited to put these things on-air! I have heard that the PK-900 can pull RTTY out of the air better than any computer-based modem. Will see!



Pictured above is a Michigan Mighty Mite transmitter project that I found on the Internet. The MMM is an extremely basic CW transmitter, crystal tuned, generally about half-a-watt. I got interested in the circuit during my early explorations trying to understand how radio works. To the right is a raw proof-of-circuit that I built and tested. The larger setup in the middle is the same circuit built out of ostentatious parts designed to pique interest at shows and events. (And of course, in this picture, the larger one is unfinished.

To further impress my visitors, I use a USB RTL-SDR dongle on a laptop as my reciever, in direct contrast to the extraordinary simplicity of the transmitter. You can even SEE the CW being transmitted on the SDR waterfall display. I think it really helps kids and all newcomers get a slightly better understanding of whats "out there" and where each transmission fits.




THE SHACK "THIS WEEK"...  It'll probably be modified before this pic uploads!  HIHI




The "tech bench" sits directly to my back when I'm seated on my shack stool.



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