JOHN S HOWELL, JR
Greetings from John, AF3K!
Check your callsign in the AF3K logbookherefor our recent QSO!
100% of contacts are QSL'ed via LoTW - usually at the end of each operating session. I am also very happy to confirm viapaper QSL (direct or via bureau).
QRV Turks & Caicos March 24-29, 2017!
Operated from the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos March 24 - 29, 2017. Ross, W2TT and I, accompanied by our XYL's, operatedspecial contest call VP5P for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. Over 2,500 QSO's - Thank you!!. At other times we operated as VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT. Station: Flex 6500, Flex Maestro, Elecraft KPA500, 3 element SteppIR 130 ft. above sea level.
A video of Ross, W2TT at the mic during CQ WPX
Currently thestation in Naples, Florida includes a Flex-6500, a Flex Maestro, and end-fed dipoles on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. Really like operating CW using theBegali Mono key.
The latest additionto the Naples shack is an Elecraft KPA-500. Here is a quick video made right after construction.
I periodically operate marine mobile on "Nellie D", a 37' Lord Nelson Victory Tug that I own with my brother Dave (N7PO). Rig onboard is an Icom IC-7000 to a Morad 23' vertical. Current location updated via 2M APRS using a Kenwood D710. Also a member of the Waterway Radio & Cruising Club. We have cruised Nellie D. on the West coast from Seattle to Vancouver Island to Ketchikan Alaska. On the East coast we have cruised mainly between the Chesapeake Bay, Florida and the Abacos and Exuma islands in the Bahamas. Look for us in the summer of 2017 in the Great Lakes.
The Flex software supports multiple microphone profiles that are independendently kept from other transmit parameters such as mode &power. This is convenient, as for each mic you can set a profileoptimized for ragchewing, another profile for DXing, another for ESSB, etc. Here is avideo showing use of the Flexradio full-duplex capability to setup microphone transmit profiles. Using a procedure described by NM9P on YouTube, you adjust for the desired microphone settings bylistenting to your own transmittedaudio via the receiver in the same Flexradio used for transmitting(full duplex) and then save the settings into a mic profile. To keep the receiver from overloading, the transmission power is kept to a few milliwatts by usingthe transverter port for TX, and by not using a TX antenna. (the low power keeps the transmitter from being damaged).The received audio is heardin a separate Slice - the audio is much closer to what someone else will hear over the air than if you recorded from say the mic input. You can record the received audio by routing the RX audio to a DAX channel conneced to an open source audio recording program called Audacity (free).
2016 photo of the remote setup using aK3-0 which is used to operatethe cool stations at remote ham radio.
From 1969 to 1998operating from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area as WA3MPK and then AF3K. Heathkit SB101 transceiver, SB200 amp, Hygain Hy-Quad antenna at 50 ft. on 20, 15 and 10 meters with a dipole on 40 meters.. My collection of paper QSL cards from that time can be viewed online here.
First shackat age 14 in Naples, FL. Heathkit DX60B transmitter and HR10B receiver, with a straight CW key mounted on plywood! Hygain 14-AVQ vertical.
First licensed in 1968 as WN4LMD.
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73! Looking forward to our next QSO!