Roy S Grimes
I go by STEVE(It's my middle name). Technically, I'm Roy S...
Welcome to my QRZ page and thanks for our QSO if we had one! Either way, thanks for checking out my page. Ham radio is great! Part of the fun is getting a QSL card in the mail. I really enjoy collecting QSL cards. I will be happy to do direct or 3905/OMISS buros either one.
However, I do not get on 3905 or OMISS very often. It is usually better to send them direct.For stateside, routine QSOs, let me know if you need a hard copy card. For DX (since they discontued IRCs), some of your paper currency for my collection. Or, let me know how many U.S. dollars to send you.
Normally, eQSL is o.k. for routine contacts, but for special events, really cool cards or DX, I really do prefer hardcopy cards. If I don't hear from DX stations via email, I'll just enclose $2 USD for postage. For Canadian stations, I use Canada-to-USA stamped envelopes. I respond 100% to any card requests--just email me if you are sending one first. I do have an LOTW account, but if you have a cool QSL card or are DX, I will probably request a hard copy card.
I live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is about 45 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee; Grid EM66sx. The family farm is in Summer Shade, Kentucky, Grid EM76. I sometimes operate /P there. Some favorite places of mine include KY/TN's Land Between the Lakes National River Recreation Area, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park andthe Gulf Coast. I love visiting national parks, Civil War battlefields, and just about anything nature-related, including zoos and aquariums!
I got my Technician license in 2009, and my General Class license in 2010. In 2015, I got my Amateur Extra Class license.
I will admit that the big guns and their amps and Yagi antennas do impress me a bit. But, it takes some big bucks to do that. When you think about it, what were the original antennas? What were the antennas made famous in world wars? Wire antennas...simple to construct, easy to tune, and they offer great performance. So, my first shack antenna was a simple 20m dipole, hanging off of a tree limb. I would put the coax between the door and jamb, and hang a cord off a tree limb. With .14 gauge THHN wire and a loop balun, hanging an entire 13 feet in the air, I talked all over the USA, Europe and even Russia.
Then, I graduated to a 40m off center fed dipole. That was things really got cool. I could do nightime HF nets, and talk into the night after 20m had calmed down. Occassionally, there was the 40m DX. Then, one summer week, a couple strong thunderstorms broke the old maple tree in the front yard into several pieces. While I was a bit sad to see it go, this made room to expand my antenna to an 80m OCF. I've been very pleased with its performance ever since. Just a piece of wire and a 4:1 balun... I've upgraded to a second antenna -- a 6m antenna since then, and some portable stuff, but my humble beginnings were some wire from Lowe's, PVC &SO-239 connectorto make a hang point, and some RG-8X coax. As simple as it gets!
Getting on to the rest, the shack rig is a Yaesu FT-450AT. In addition to the OCF, there is the 6m antenna--aPar OA-50 omniangle. Digital includes a SignaLink USB, along with PSK-31, SSTV and JT65-HF. I am in the process of learning CW, and have straight keys, a single paddle key and an iambic key. An antenna project in progress is a combinationVHF/UHF eggbeater circularly polarized antenna.
For mobile, I use an FT-857D (with Inrad 2 kHz and 500 Hz filters) and MFJ Hamtennas, and a Diamond 2m/70cm 1/4 wavelength antenna. Portable antennas includePar EndFedz 40/20m and the Mark II QRP 10/20/40 (you can also replace the resonator with a monobandwire for 10m-60m on the Mark II and use up to 25 watts). I really do love the LNR Precision (Par) EndFedz line of antennas...
I also have a Buddipole. The Buddipole/Buddistick configurations can be used for stationary mobile. I got some additional sections, and I can make a 1/2 wavelength Buddistick for 20m, without having to use the coil. I will admit that as of the present, I haven't really used it as a Buddipole...just a vertical.
For portable digital, I have several Android programs--DroidPSK, RTTY, SSTV, etc.,by Wolphi Solutions. The software communicates from my Nexus tablet or Android phone tomy radio via an interface and allows me to do digital while portable.
I've worked in several different careers over the years. I worked in photography for about 11 years. I've been a volunteer and paid firefighter, volunteer EMT and a corrections officer. I eventually went to graduate school and spent many years working in higher education and with public schools. Right now, I work for G4S Secure Solutionsin the security department at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant, until "hopefully" one day I can at least semi-retire. I've been married 20 years (met herin 1990 and we got married in 1997), with 3 kids and 2 grandkids, and lots of pets.
Anyway, that is about it for me. Hope you have a great day, and good DX!
3905CCN 100 pt. #2812
100 Watts and a Wire #1393.
FP QRP #2754