After the normal Saturday morning breakfast at Sunny Side Up, Kevin-KW4B, Mark-KA4CID, and myself-K4GTM headed over to John-KJ4WBF house to string up an HF antenna. John has some nice trees that are positioned pretty well for a long wire antenna. Kevin launched some line up in the trees with his air cannon. He's getting pretty good with that thing! Once we got the G5RV hoisted up between the trees and tied off, we went in to John's radio shack and gave it a try. Mark put his Bird watt meter inline so that we could measure the SWR and everything looked fine on all of the HF bands at 80m and above. John made his first HF contact on the new radio station with an operator in Utica, NY. First of many to come I'm sure! So the station is working great, the antenna installation is very stealthy, and John's wife prepared some pulled pork sandwiches for us when we were done. It's always fun to help an new HAM get on the air!
I am a member of the Coastal Amateur Radio Society and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Radio Club and am currently serving as a new ADEC Metro Atlanta ARES. I am also a communications unit director with the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Communication Team and a volunteer with the Red Cross SAF (Service to Armed Forces). Been married to Lorie for 31 years and have five children ranging from age 18 to 29. I have one son that served as an Infantryman in the US Army who served in Iraq and a daughter that is serving in the Georgia National Guard. Ooooooaaahh!!!
Yaesu FT-857D for HF and UHF Yaesu FT-2800M for VHF Kenwood TS-440S Kenwood PS-50 Power Supply Kenwood SP-430 Speaker Kenwood MC-60 Desk Mic Astatic D-104 Desk mic Yaesu VX-7R Quad Band Handheld Radio Shack Pro-96 Digital Scanner Astron SS-25M DC Power Supply RIGrunner 4008 DC Power Panel LDG Z-11 Pro Autotuner MFJ SWR Wattmeter LDG FT Meter Yaesu MD-100 Desk Mic RadioShack External Speaker G5RV for 80M thru 6M G5RV Jr. for 40M thru 10M Homebrew J-Pole for VHF/UHF Homebrew ground plane for 2m/70cm RS ground plane ant for Scanner Comet CF-416 Duplexer MFJ-259B Analyzer Dell 530S to run all radio related sw Ham Radio Delux Program Echolink Program Winlink Program Bu-Tel ARC96 Scanner sw La Cross WS-3610 Weather Station B&D Portable Power Station Honeywell HW2000i generator
Mobile Station Components
Yaesu FT-857D for HF Yaesu FT-1802M for 2 meters Icom ID-800H for UHF and D-STAR Yaesu VX-2R HT for portable op RS Dual band magmount antenna Low profile magmount for 2 meters Low profile magmount for scanner High Sierra Sidekick antenna for HF