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home QRZCQ - The database for radio hams 
2019-08-26 01:58:23 UTC









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Neil Powell

Spokane 99205
United States, WA

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Call data

Last update:2019-07-22 19:49:36
Main prefix:K
Federal state:WA
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:3890433

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QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2018-10-07 21:39:26
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


I have been interested in Ham Radio while still in the single digits. I had two ham uncles (W7HNM and W7HN both now silent keys) who were old school operators who showed me how to wind coils for their 500 watt AM transmitters

When they moved into SSB they had to show me how to use my old tube Hallicrafters receiver to listen to SSB by turning on the BFO.

I always enjoyed listening to hams but found CW a real challenge. Uncle Sam said he needed me and I told my USAF recruiter that he could have me for a few years if I could be guaranteed a job as a radio operator. The deal was struck and off I went to San Antonio and then Biloxi, Mississippi.

My first assignment was to the HQ SAC HF/SSB station located at Elkhorn, Nebraska. I got my hands on some Collins KWT-6 transceivers and of all things a 205-J 50KW linear amp!

SAC understood long range communications with Curtis LeMay who made SSB the radio standard for SAC aircraft in 1957. The general was famous for being on the air on amateur bands while flying on board SAC bombers! That console top left, is a Collins Radio analog console I used in the early 70s to control the remote transmitters and recievers. You used the dial to do everything from selecting antennas and azimuth to adding on that 50KW amp. The receivers were at the Elkhorn location while our transmitters were located some 30 miles away in Scribner, Nebraska.

My next assignment was to South East Asia where I worked command and control comms and doubled as the base MARS operator. I was given several KWM-2A transceivers and associated linear amps to work phone patches back to the land of the big BX.

Towards the end of my time with the USAF I found myself in England working direct comm support with U-2/TR-1 and SR-71 Aircrews. The sled guys claimed they could outrun my radio signals and I never challenged them. I can tell you first hand that those SAC aircrews were some of the very best people you would ever get to work with.

The squadron commander handed out nicknames and he blessed me with "Pigman". I asked why and he said "Because you ride a pig". Um ... no ... I ride a Harley which is a HOG. I don't know many people who attempt to tell a O-6 that they were wrong and able to correct them but I found myself in the group who just accepted the nickname assigned.

After working a couple of decades as a computer technical support guy I figured it was time to enjoy a few of the things I had to put on hold. One of those things was getting back into Amateur Radio.

I passed my first hurdle by getting my Tech license in January 2017 and I passed my General Class examination 6 May 2017 and am actively working on gaining my Extra Class license.,

I am a member of the ARRL,the Inland Empire VHF Radio Amateurs Club (IE VHF) and the Washington Digital Radio Enthusiasts amateur radio club where I enjoy both DStar and DMR radio communications with both a Icom ID-31A, a Icom ID-51A and a TYT 2017.

I enjoy DSTAR where I can be found on Reflector 29A. I have a OpenSpot 1 and the new OpenSpot 2 which is even easier to take portable.

I have joined the gang using FT8 and find the IC-7300 a perfect match. I have also found the combination of a SignaLink USB and my trusty Yaesu 857D to be a great matchup for portable work. Speaking to FT8 use I am only interested in exchanging callsigns and signal reports if that happens you go in my logbook. I am always happy to work you again, even if same mode and same band. The bands are always different, maybe I have changed or tweaked my antenna, or the power is different and thus the exchanged signal reports are often interesting.

I love the integration of internet, computers, etc., into the hobby. Thanks to those who have developed these many formats and keeping HAM radio more alive than ever in spite of the threat of cell phones, internet and like forms of communication. HAM radio is still unique, fun and there is always the anticipation of who is on the other end of a CQ call.

For recording QSOs I use LOTW, QRZ, QRZCQ, eQSL and HRD Logbook. I use HRD to control the Icom 7300 with great success.

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