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About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my General class license. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.

Some activity on the shack

Yesterday my dad and I completed the last wall on my little 8’x8′ shack.  Now I need to finish insulating the walls in the room and putting up drywall.  I need to go under the shed and insulate the floor … Continue reading

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Just passing through…

So I decided to turn on the radio and spin the dial around earlier today.  I wound up working Orelvis, CO6LC, by accident.  Glad the radio’s getting out.  Just a lot of local QRM from storms.

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A little activity…

I worked W9IMS tonight on 7.243 and 3.840.  That’s good for me because those QSOs were the first contacts I made on the TS-430S.  The propagation is so bad I didn’t know if anyone would hear me.  Both stations gave … Continue reading

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Adding to the collection

I picked up a Kenwood TS-430S for $275 shipped online tonight.  I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time and the price I couldn’t beat.  It’s being shipped Wednesday so hopefully should get here late this week or … Continue reading

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Miracles never cease

Last night, I stopped by my post office box to check it at 2 AM.  I was tired, a little cranky, and wasn’t expecting anything.  Instead, when I opened the box, there was a large envelope in it from the … Continue reading

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Back on the air

I was able to contact TG9IIN on 21.300 on Sunday.  Even through the S9-level noise floor from some local 60 Hz QRM, Ilias was very clear.  He had a really nice clear signal.  That was an unusual contact for me … Continue reading

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Finally, it all works!

I got around to replacing the old RG-58 (foam core) coax on my radio with the new Times Microwave LMR-300 RG-8U 20′ roll I bought off of Amazon.  To my surprise, as I pulled out the connector out of my … Continue reading

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New antenna matcher

I picked up a MFJ-949 Deluxe Versa Tuner II for $120, including shipping, off of QRZ.com last week.  The tuner arrived yesterday in excellent shape and was packed very well.  I set it up and it works great.  I’m still … Continue reading

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On the air again

I didn’t realize that it’s been six months since I posted on the blog.  I’ve been very busy with my work and haven’t had much time until recently to get on the air.

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Moving along…

It’s been too hot to do much in my shack.  I need to finish putting up a wall and covering it with drywall then hanging a door so I can work on insulating the room.  I have an air conditioner … Continue reading

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