QTH: Melbourne, FL.
Fav Band: 20 mtrs
Fav Mode: CW
QRP ARCI: 13908
A-1 Club: 1360
CONECA Dr King Award
I was born in 1963 in Southern Indiana. I've never been married and I don't have any kids. I went to schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida and earned a degree in computer programming. My past careers include, welder, carpenter, painter, concrete, computer technician, radio technician, webmaster and I was once a contract computer programmer for the DoD.
I have lots of hobbies. I'm an amateur radio operator, NT9K is my callsign. I also enjoy playing my guitars, I have a Gibson Blueshawk guitar and a 1948 Gibson LG 2 3/4. Another longtime hobby is coin collecting, I focus on error coins and Lincoln cents. I like to go fishing or to the indoor pistol range to shoot my Glock 23 whenever I can. When I'm really bored, I build miniature remote control airplanes. My smallest working model has an 8 inch wing span. In the future, I plan to add a section about tiny rc planes on this website. I am also a rock hound.
I moved back to Florida again, in 2003. This time taking up residence on the East Coast. I setup a new station and started all new logs. My antennas consist of an inverted L for 160, a 40m and 10m full wave delta loop and a Cushcraft MA5B on top of a 40 foot crankup/tiltover aluminum tower. I use a Kenwood TS-870S and the old Yaesu FT 101EX for backup. For QRP, I built an ATS-3B, 20 meter Rockmite and a OHR WM-2, Super Tuna Tin, NS-40, a couple of tube type slatboard transmitters and working on several more homebrew tube type transmitters. I operate QRP about 25 percent of the time. For milliwatt QRP, I just use my TS-870. My best milliwatt QSO, so far has been 2xQRPp at 50mW with VK4TJ longpath.
I have always prefered using a straight key, but in recent years took up the bug and sideswiper. My bugs are a Vibroplex 100th anniversary model and a GHD GN207ab with black base. My straight keys include a Navy Flameproof CMI-26003A, homebrew amplidan from wood, G3YUH amplidan clone, the LTA-SKCC #37, GHD GF-601A sideswiper and a GHD GT501MIL. My newest straight key is an Amplidan that I found in mint condition. I do own a microphone. I have a Heil Goldline GM5, I used it a few times about 5 years ago. I am a member of several clubs including the NAQCC, FISTS, Flying Pigs QRP Club, SKCC, QRP ARCI and others.
I finally took my disability and retired in 2003. My health is pretty bad now. So, on my good days I ham full time with my little parrot buddy Fruitloop. I'm trying to teach him CW but he keeps chewing off the knob on my straight key. I finally got him his own.
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