I am a licensed
Amateur Radio Operator Extra Class. My call sign is KE6D (ex KE6DND). I
was first licensed in November of 1993. My exposure to Amateur Radio is kind of
accidental. I have always wanted to install a video camera in one of my R/C planes that can transmit real-time
images back to a video monitor on the ground for viewing. I found out that, in
order to be able operate one those ATV equipment, I had to obtain a license from
After locating and
talking with a couple of local elmers, I was set to sit down to study for the
FCC exam and the Morse code element. Since I have an Engineering background, I
had no trouble with the theory, but the Morse code is another story; The Morse
code is so difficult to memorize at first - leave alone any attempt to improve
any speed to at least 5 WPM for the Technician Plus Exam. Discouraging but I
kept on CW practicing every day. Three months later, I passed the Technician
Plus exam with a perfect score on both the theory and CW element! Knowing that
if I stop studying and practicing CW, I would probably not be able to get to
where I wanted to be so I kept practicing and studying. I upgraded my license
once a month. By the end of the third month after I got my Tech Plus license, I
passed the Extra Exam and the 20 WPM CW element!
But once I got into
HAM radio, I was so fascinated with all the possibilities I could experiment - I
hadn't come back and install the ATV camera onto one of my R/C planes yet. I
hadn't quit R/C plane flying yet, but since I got into the new hobby, I could
not find enough time to accommodate both hobbies. So all the R/C planes are just
on "stand by" in the garage waiting for me to re-discover them...
My current main interest in Amateur Radio is operating CW and building QRP equipment. I love to spend my free time (if I could convince my young kids to go to bed before 10:00pm!) playing around with radio circuitry, building QRP radios, experimenting with HAM antennas, ragchewing and DX chasing in Morse code, experimenting with different digital modes on HAM radio bands. Here is a picture of my HAM shack taken recently. The main rig is actually the Elecraft K2 radio that sits on the second shelf just above the Heathkit SB-230. The"backup rig" is a Kenwood TS-850S (which I normally run at about 5W unless there is a DX pile-up that I really like to get through). Then there is an old Heathkit SB-230 amplifier when the barefoot TS-850S can't seem to make any headway.
I collect and operate quite a few CW keys in my shack. Here are a few keys which I use regularly:
Click one the buttons below to view some of
the projects that I have been working in the last few years.
KE6D Software to Control the Elecraft K2... (Updated on 05/12/2003 - It just keeps getting better!)
If you have any suggestion or comment about this page, please email me.
Tnx es 73 de Dan, KE6D
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