memory of my Dear Friend Rhonda. I loved her like
sister and I am a better person for having known her.
of Roger N4ZGH
23, 1946 - April 29, 2006
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to my Home Page - K3CDQ
are visitor number
443-964-4252 (when turned on)
You can find me on the YL System at 14.332 MHz. I am
the coordinator for Control Stations on the Moonbeam and the System's
Public Relations Officer. My wife and I also publish the System's
Monthly Newsletter, the Communicator. I also monitor on Echolink and Skype and
time on the Maryland Emergency Phone Net on 3.820 MHz.
My first name is James, but I go by my middle name,
Richard or Dick and I have been a ham since 1978. My previous callsign was
KA3CDQ. My interest in amateur radio comes from my years of being a Radio
Intercept Operator in the USAF at Misawa AFB in Japan (57 thru 60.)
If you were stationed at Misawa check out our web page at MyFamily.com.
spent my early years as a ham chasing DX and managed to work over two
hundred countries on 15 meter CW using a dipole antenna and a Heath Kit
HW16. I wish I had never given it away.
In 1992 I retired from Corporate America and after a
couple of months at home, went to work at one of
the largest Ace Home Centers in the world. I was the Lawn
and Garden Manager and worked there for sixteen years until retiring in
July of 2008.
Other interests include Seven Grandchildren, working in my yard, the grass, flowers and
gardens. Fishing though, is my greatest
love other than my family and ham radio. Our oldest son Scott, and I
spend every available moment on the Chesapeake Bay, looking for that
record Striped Bass and trying to top each other's catch. My
largest was in 2005 when in freezing weather I landed one at 42
lbs. 47" with a 28" girth Scott's largest was 46"
and we will continue to do what God
intended men to do - Go Fishing. After all, work is for men
who don't know how to fish. Check out the fish on the
My 1st Ham Set-up, 1978
1981, I had accumulated quite a bit of Heath
equipment plus a TR4C and an FT101.
1982, I moved everything into the garage
that I could spread out a bit more.
years in a corner of the basement, then the garage, I finally got my own
room when we moved into our house in Calvert County. This room was the
laundry room, but we moved the washer and dryer upstairs for convenience.
It worked out great for me because the room was already equipped with all
of the necessary electric power for my radios. Although the room is
smaller than the garage, it's the perfect size for me and puts all of my
equipment within arm's reach.
I operate a Kenwood TS570 at home with a Mosely TA33 at
50 ft and have an Ameritron AL-811H. Other antennas include 5 dipoles and
a G5RV. I tune all of these with an LDG AT-1000 Pro Autotuner which I
love. The home of LDG Electronics is right here in this county just
a few miles from my home. In my mobile I have a TS140S which in car mileage, has over 1 million
miles on it, plus eight years of taking it into the house in the evening
to use it as a base rig. Been a great rig.
Also have a spare TS140S. Operate a little two meters
with a VX-5R, but prefer HF.
I am pleased to say that, in 1980, I had the opportunity to
work Louis Varney, G5RV. I chased 9N1MM for nearly ten years
I worked him on 20 meters. Before becoming a Silent Key, Father
Moran was one of the most sought after DX
amateurs in the
world. My first contact with China was exciting and when Judy
and I were in the Vatican in Rome, I asked and found that the Ham station there is closed at
this time. Assume there are no hams currently there.
After being up for eighteen years, it was time for
repairs. After Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the TA33 had a vertical front element, a
horizontal center element and the back reflector was on the ground. On
a beautiful Saturday in October, with
the use of a home made Gin Pole, I
lowered the antenna, strapped it to the tower with it pointing up and
re-secured the front element which was about to fall off.
Then reinstalled the back element and pulled it back up and bolted it
back in place alone. In the first picture, I have the
antenna removed and tied up against the tower. In the second photo
I am reinstalling the missing element and in the third photo,
reinstalling the antenna on the tower. I did not take the
antenna to the ground but repaired it by strapping it to the tower.
2008, I had my third run in with cancer. Due to this, I did not
devote much time to radio and towers and consequently, my tower which
has been up nearly twenty five years, became too rusty to climb. I
have not been able to locate anyone to help with a bucket truck and
renting one is a bit expensive for an OM living on a retired
income. So, I am in the process of putting up a Rohn tower directly
beside the existing tower. I am hoping that once I get up to where
the Mosley is, I will be able to strap myself in and reach over and take
the TA-33 off of the old tower and lower it and rebuild it. I have
two Mosleys, so I should be able to put together a top notch antenna to
put on the new tower. Old tower is 50'. I have 75' of Rohn
but have not decided how high I will go due to the many trees. We
are on five acres of just about all woods.
the fall of 2010, the tree shown to the left of my beam in the
photo on the right, was removed and I was able to reach over from the
new tower and get the Mosley off. After some maintenance on the
ground, the man who removed the tree for me raised me and the Mosley
with his bucket truck and I am now all set for another twenty-five
I spend most of my time on the YL System. The System
celebrated 40 years on the air on 2/9/03 and has well over 16,000 in
membership. We operate daily on 14.332 MHz and you are invited to join us
anytime. The YL System is a good place to make friends, work DX, states,
counties or whatever you like. We usually have good DX on the evening
Moonbeam portion of the System after 2100Z. You do not have to be a member
to check in and you just might make contact with that state or DX you have
been looking for. I also belong to the Calvert Amateur Radio Association,
10X and Fists.
ARRL A1 OP, YLISSB #12934, Top Flight Operator #327, OMISS 2585,
10X - 30530, Century Club 40M-800, 75M-931, Fists 8072
YL System information available at
http://www.ylsystem.org Or, send an SASE requesting information to
K9WFE or, send me - K3CDQ - an email requesting information. For
members, all dues go to Bill W7AJP.