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AD5GG USA flag USA

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Welcome to my QRZ page!

I'm originally from the UK (not too far from the Scottish border), and have lived in Oklahoma, USA since 2001.  That explains the weird, muddled accent you hear on the air.  I'm silly, have a strange sense of humour, and easy going, so feel free to say hi if you hear me on the air.

I first got into radio via CB. They were legalized in the UK in 1981.  I was 9.
CB radios also sparked an interest in electronics, purely because I was obsessed with the RX/TX LED's and the moving coil signal meter.  To cut a very very long story short - I ended up pursuing it seriously, and eventually ended up making a living as an RF Engineer.


It's interesting how whatever you do for a living doesn't find its way into your hobby. For example, auto mechanics often have the beat up cars, plumbers who have leaks in their systems, etc....
So, I really don't find myself messing with RF electronics as a hobby.  I mean, I do a little bit, but not like some of the real hardcore hams do.  If there's a problem, I'll work on fixing, but when you spend all day RF-ing it, you don't usually want to come home and continue doing it.  I prefer to buy equipment rather than make it, and I'm into ham radio mainly for the social aspect.  I like to ramble.  

I am also here to learn from other hams.  My work is in the UHF range and above, so learning about HF radios, antennas, and propagation from other, more experienced hams is fascinating.

Aside from that, I'm a big flight simulator nerd, and love anything to do with PC's.

I've been a severe weather enthusiast since 2003, and have been actively learning about, tracking and chasing (sometimes) severe weather since 2006.

I took my technician and general ham exams in 2011.  Originally I wanted to just do the technician level so I could get on 2m/70cm for weather nets and other associated stuff, but I ended up taking the general also.  After getting more and more into HF in 2015/2016, I found myself getting irritated that kept forgetting that I couldn't transmit on some of the low end frequencies on some of the HF bands, so out of necessity and frustration, I upgraded to extra in 2016.

Feel free to contact me at ad5gg@arrl.net

My website is at http://www.AD5GG.com if you want to check that out. 

Currently running 100W and a wire (except when using WSPR!)

Using a 35' end fed wire antenna in a tree. Interface to the radio is via a 9:1 unun and a MFJ-939 Automatic Antenna Tuner.

Or, using an Off Centre Fed Dipole at about 25 feet, resonant on 6, 10, 20, and 40 meters. Via MFJ-939 Automatic Antenna Tuner if working other bands.

73, and good DX de AD5GG!

 

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