Cookies help us deliver our services.

We may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through
the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site.

By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. OK
home QRZCQ - The database for radio hams 
 
2020-09-22 11:43:55 UTC
 

Call:

   Advanced
 

Call:

  

Pass:

  
 

or

 
AB5VJ

Active QRZCQ.com user

activity index: 0 of 5

Daniel Asbridge

Waynesboro 17268
United States, PA

NA
united states
image of ab5vj

Call data

Last update:2019-08-11 05:03:27
QTH:Waynesboro Pennsylvania
Continent:NA
Views:191
Main prefix:K
Class:EXTRA
Federal state:PA
US county:Franklin
Latitude:39.7958246 / 39°
Longitude:-77.5551689 / 77
Locator:FM19FT
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:221525

QSL data

Last update:2019-08-11 05:04:21
eQSL QSL:YES
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES
LoTW QSL:no

Biography

Licensed in 1989 as a novice class, 3 months later I had my Extra ticket. That year I entered a contest on 10 meters, Worked All El Paso, WAE, in El Paso, Texas. I received 1st place and a trophy for 10 meters that weekend. I think I had 682 contacts on 10, many years ago so I dont remember exactly but it was around that number of QSO's. I did that with a homebrow 2 element Cubical Quad for 10 meters. The rig at that time was a Kenwood TS-520. Spent time overseas with a reciprocal callsign in Germany as I was still in the service. The call was DA1AS. Worked almost exclusively CW as phone caused a lot of interference to the locals and their tv antennas as there was no cable tv in the area. I did work a little phone at reduced power in the wee hours of the morning although I was up at about 0400 anyway getting ready for the day. That give me a chance to increase my speed, I was at around 50 wpm back then. I think it would take me some time to get back to that copy/speed, LOL. Lived there in El Paso for many years but my career brought me to the East coast and my final QTH for retirement. I still have a few years to go but getting close! I do live on a mountain now here in PA. Finally, enough space for an antenna farm! By the way, I now have a small hobby farm also, I have a flock of about 40 chickens, and 50 ducks! So, fresh eggs and gardening are some of the xyl and my other hobbies. We do a lot of canning and have a dedicated canning room. I have a homestead for self-sufficiency as well as a communications location. I talked the XYL into a generator at some point when I can afford it, so if the power goes out there will be light, as well as my station, LOL! I love to homebrew and study different antenna configurations. I had been off the air for many years due to work, etc. keeping me way to busy. My forte is Systems Administration/datacenter and now Cybersecurity. This past Christmas I was Santa to myself and bought an ICOM IC-7300. Great radio, I am very impressed. I have heard it many times already, but ICOM hit this one out of the park! I am very impressed with the performance and sensitivity of this rig. I had always owned older tube rigs and hybrids so its nice to get something more modern. I complement that Icom with a 160-6 meter Doublet with 600 ohm ladderline at approximately 90 feet. I feed the ladder line into the shack via a 1:1 isolation choke balun by Balun Designs into a balanced tuner, the MFJ-974HB. I only run 100 watts, and even less at times but at some point I will invest in a linear amplifier but at this time I just have to wait for one. I am going to start saving for it though but I can wait for it. Very quiet QTH here with minimal noise and electrical interference, etc. Most times it doesnt require much power to work around the world. I think that for me is the fun factor, lower the power and take advantage of propagation, long path and grey line. Although having a linear amplifier would be nice to have it is not a necessity except when the low bands get so noisy. I plan on buying a Wellbrook ALA1530LN magnetic loop antenna for receive. https://www.loop-antennas.com/wellbrook/ALA1530LN I plan on adding the mod INRAD RX7300 RX receive-only antenna jack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBajms1EnuA and using the Wellbrook on a rotor for ferreting those weak signals! Other than that I enjoy casual ragchew, nets/roundtable, that is really what I enjoy about ham radio and experimenting and building antenna's etc. I also plan on VHF/UHF operation a little later on once the HF station is squared away. 73 for now. Dan AB5VJ

  

Site Rev. 18609