One misplaced TEXAN temporarily exiled to Mississippi!
I operate about 50% QRP and the other 50% at less than 20 watts.
Virtually all my time on the air is now CW.
My journey into ham radio is largely the result of two events; one almost five decades ago, the other more recent.
In the 1950's and 60's, I would listen to my uncle (Ed Robertson) communicate around the world using CW and a homebrew radio. 'Unc' became a ham in 1933 and issued the call W5CYF. Although he carried an Advanced license, CW remained his favorite up until his death in 2000.
A more recent influence was my brother (Wil Robertson-AI4QT), who encouraged me to join the ranks of amateur radio.
After earning my General ticket, I decided to honor the man who first introduced me to ham radio and I applied for and received ‘Unc's’ call of W5CYF.
You may have seen a YouTube video of my first CW QSO; it was quite the achievement for me, since I’m over 60 years old and suffer hearing loss. I’ve got a long way to go before I get comfortable with CW, but can see where it could easily become my favorite mode.
I’ve recently been smitten by the ultra-low power QRP and have successfully built the Pixie II, the Rockmite and an SW-40 CW transceivers. All have been excellent projects and a pleasure to operate.
When not on the radio, I also hunt, fish, RV, tinker and work in my home machine shop.
BTW, when not spending time on those important things, I still have a *real* job; I am the Training Manager for a major wireless carrier.
Hope to meet you on the air!
-Ten Tec Century 21
-Ten Tec R4020 (QRP)
-Rockmite 40m (QRP)
-Pixie II 40m (ORP)
-S9v 31’ Vertical
-20 Meter Dipole (Attic)
-40 Meter Dipole (Attic)
-Hamstick Dipole (used on RV)
-100% QSL- SASE not required
I normally can be found on the following bands:
20 Meter: ~14.050
40 Meter: ~7.111
In addition, I QSL 100%. SASE appreciated but not required.
Here are some examples of QSL cards you can expect to receive after our QSO.
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