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Ray Lyell

Johnston City 62951
United States, Illinois

united states
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Call data

Previous call:66RLSWL
Last update:2018-12-04 20:25:45
QTH:Southern Illinois
Main prefix:K
Federal state:Illinois
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:3
CQ Zone:6…

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2018-12-04 20:16:42
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no


Hello Everyone.

My name is Ray G Lyell. I live in Southern Illinois in a small town called Johnston City in the USA. JC, as it's called, is about 5 miles East of my hometown of Herrin. I have a nice 30 acre rural piece of land that is quiet and great for my Shortwave listening. I was born in December 1966. I have been married to my wife Grace for 25 years. I have been listening to Shortwave Radio since I was 16 years old back in 1983. Before that I used to talk on the CB Radio. I had a Cobra 1000GTL Base station with D-104 with Antron 99 antenna. When I'm not listening to my Shortwave radios, I do quite a bit of cycling to stay in shape. I used to race but not so much anymore.

My other favorite hobby is Amateur Astronomy. I've been doing that since I was about 10 years old. I have a big 12 inch DOB reflector Telescope and a case full of lenses and filters. Also had a letter published from NASA during the last Hubble mission back in 2009. I also collected data during the total eclipse we had in August 2017.

Other longtime interests include Music I have a pretty large record album and CD collection. Computers, Reading different tech and astronomy books. Also Bowling. To everyone visiting my page, Thank You and good listening.

Surfing The Shortwaves since 1983.


The Shortwave radios and accessories that I use are.

Drake R-8 ( I purchased new in 1991 still mint )
Alinco DX-R8T
Grundig Satellit 800 ( 2003 model)
SDRplay RSP1A ( SDR with SDRuno )
Airspy HF+ SDR ( with SDR Console )
Griffin PowerMate Black USB tuning wheel
Radio Shack DX-390
Grundig YB 500
Tecsun PL-660
MFJ-1046 and 956
MFJ-616 Speech Enhancer.
Uniden BC895XLT Scanner
PowerWerx and QJE adjustable Power supply's
Radioshack handheld scanner
Par High pass filter
PAR Low Pass Filter
KIWA Broadband Preamp V2.0
Sangean Digital MP3 recorder.
2 other small Radio Shack Portables

My antenna is the Alpha Delta DX-Ultra. it is mounted on a hill in my back field. The center is about 30 feet high with 3 multi-length wires on each side sloping down to support poles about 11 feet tall. The total width of the antenna is 80 feet. it is fed to my house with 140 feet of RG-8X buried in PVC underground.

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