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James Gideon

Odessa 79764
United States, TX

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Call data

Last update:2021-10-21 03:17:04
Main prefix:K
Federal state:TX
US county:Ector
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:710121

QSL data

Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no


Celebrating 30 years as a licensed Amateur Radio operator, still with my original callsign. Extra class since 2000.

Amateur radio is just one of several hobbies for me, it's not my entire life. Life is all about balance, and I have many other varied interests, such as:

Boating, camping, fishing
Working on my cars
Small engine repair and modification (conversion to propane)
Investing and philanthropy
Firearms and shooting
Grilling and cooking outdoors

Family... It's so fulfilling to watch my kids, nephew, and grandkids grow up and be successful, and to see them pursue their own interests.

Sitting on the porch with my XYL weekend mornings drinking coffee.


Main station devices:
Icom 7300
Ameritron AL-811 (upgraded with 572B tubes)
LDG AT-1000ProII
160m full-size OCFD (Palomar Engineers balun), also used for 80m.
80m EFHW (used for 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m).
Hustler 5BTV with 30 radials (updated with 30m and 12m add-on kits, and maybe 17m soon).

I always have wanted the simplicity of being able to connect a carefully tuned, good performing, no compromises multiband antenna directly to the back of the radio and getting good performance, being able to quickly change bands and use it with no worries about retuning. It's been one thing I have worked toward over the years, and now I have several good antennas with which I can do that with all HF bands. I have a nice automatic tuner, but haven't had to use it in a while and with digital modes I haven't had any real reason to run much over 50-100 watts.

I built this 160m OCFD antenna as suggested by Palomar Engineers and have had similar SWR results and good performance....

I switch between it and the other antennas depending on conditions.

If the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is going up, I'm probably watching that and maybe trading, and not messing around with the radio. LOL!!!

More often than not, these days when I am on SSB, it's chatting with some of my friends in the Extra part of the 40m or 80m bands. Sorry you missed me. :)

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