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2020-08-06 16:27:12 UTC









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Eric Dreher

Austin 78737
United States, TX

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Call data

Last update:2020-06-21 14:32:17
QTH:Austin/Driftwood, TX
Main prefix:K
Federal state:TX
US county:Hays
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:4173664

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2020-05-30 02:09:05
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES


I live with my wife Debbie in the Texas Hill Country; a more beautiful piece of this state cannot be found. We lived in California most of our lives and raised our three chilldren there, currently in their thirties. We're now enjoying our three grandchildren here in Texas. Though we have an Austin mailing address, our home sits on the outskirts of Driftwood, a small town about twenty miles SW of Austin. To see why we love it here, scroll down to photos of areas within twelve miles of our home.

I'm in my late 60s, retired after 31 years with AT&T. I was a lineman in the 1970s and moved into the central office in 1980, working in the Electronic Switching System environment. In the late '90s and until retirement, I worked as a field support communications technician and was involved with several equipment disciplines including the Western Electric 1E and 1A ESS switches, Western Electric/Lucent 5E ESS, Northern Telecom DMS-100, and various digital carrier systems.

I have been a licensed ham operator since June 2019. When first wanting to practice the hobby I was in my teens and not a citizen of the Unitied States, a requirement at that time. Life put this on hold until last year, and I've been having a great time in the hobby since then.

The photos show my main mast holding a Par Electronics OA-50 6m and OA-144 2m dipoles. These are great antennas, and have the added advantage of looking like they're for broadcast television. The 6m is visible from outside the property, and it's been up for at least six months with no HOA complaints.

The bottom antenna is also one of Dale Parfitt's designs called an EF-Quad End-Fedz, a 10-40m that's now sold by Vibroplex. Despite it's relatively low height at 20', it performs well and hides well from prying HOA eyes. It terminates at the storage shed at the top of another 20' mast and is invisible from the street.

Despite many digital QSOs six months ago, I prefer SSB contacts, working nothing but phone for several months now. I find it far more interesting to speak to someone, rather than using the ham radio "text message" facsimile. I plan on learning code soon, and am really looking forward to it.

The third photo visible in the header is of my modest shack, composed of a new Icom 7300 fed by a boom-mounted Heil iCMBG, power supply, and LDG tuner. For the cost, this radio is hard to beat. My thanks to Jimmie Christopher, KA5DOB of Alamogordo NM for his help in adjusting the audio for my radio during a recent QSO. It has made all the difference.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I'd appreciate it very much if you'd enter your call sign on the web tab above. For those who collect QSL cards, if I receive one of yours, you will receive one of mine. I hope to catch you on the airwaves.

Eric / K5EPD


Icom 7300 (no amp), AT-200Pro II autotuner, Par Electronics OA-50 and OA-144, Par Electronics EF-Quad 10-40 EndFedz dipole at 20'.


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