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Eric Dreher

Austin 78737
United States, TX

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image of wz5mm

Call data

Previous call:K5EPD
Last update:2021-08-28 21:54:38
QTH:Austin/Driftwood, TX
Main prefix:K
Federal state:TX
US county:Hays
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:4490471

QSL data

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.

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. Though I eventually became a citizen decades ago, life put amateur radio on hold until last year and I've been having a great time in the hobby since then, and have recently become an ARRL VE.

The photos show my main mast holding a Par Electronics OA-50 6m and OA-144 2m dipoles. These are great antennas and look like they're for broadcast television. The 6m is visible from outside the property, and it's been up for quite some time 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 in the beginning, I prefer SSB contacts and have worked nothing but phone for several months now. I find it far more interesting to speak with someone, rather than using the ham radio "text message" facsimile. I plan on learning code soon, and am really looking forward to it.

The photo visible in the header is of my modest shack, composed of a new Icom 7300 fed by a Heil iCMBG, power supply, and LDG tuner. For the cost, this radio is hard to beat. My thanks to Jimmy 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.

My farthest QSO to date using my "100w and a wire" was to YB0AR in Indonesia, at 10,135 miles. Not bad.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. 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 / WZ5MM


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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