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KA3GUJ - Joe Denman


KA3GUJ
Joe Denman
Extra Class
KA3GUJ
Ham Since 1981
United States

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Other Callsigns
N5XGG is my current call sign. There is an account on this website under that call but is not my information. I have not been able to gain access to that profile to correct. I have never been a Technician classs.

My Ham Radio Interests
Primary (almost exclusive) mode CW. I build my own wire antennas.

Equipment
Currently (2018): Icom 746PRO, MFJ 974B balanced tuner, Horizontal Loop antenna

Other Interests
A native of Texas, I was first licensed while living in Philadelphia, PA 13Jan1981 as a Novice with call KA3GUJ. There was a Heathkit store at that time not too far out of town. I used the Heathkit home study courses and audio cassette tapes to get ready for the Novice exam while building my first rig - a Heathkit HW-101. At the end of 30 days I had the kit completed and passed the Novice exam taken in the Heathkit store. My first antenna was a Cushcraft 80m-10m trap vertical that had me totally frustrated until my 'Elmer', Bert Arnett (KA2FYB/KF3I), gave me a hand with the ground and radials.

I moved to Corpus Christi, TX in the summer of 1981. The picture above is my shack of 1982 in the garage showing my HW101, TS520S, and Radio Shack Model 1 computer (4k ram, no disk drives). I built an interface between my rig and my computer and used it to send/receive 40-meter cw practice with John Russell, KA5JXG (SK) on a weekly schedule to build up our speed, while we both studied for the General exam. I upgraded to General 27Apr82 and was issued call N5ESK until FCC realised they had issued it twice. The corrected call issued was N5ESI. I bought a Kenwood TS-520S from Joe Shienberg, WD5FHG (SK) and later sold my HW-101. While living on the Northwest Cape (Exmouth) Western Australia between 1984 and 1989, I was issued a reciprocal license, VK6AJL (Jan 1985), but it was not used much. I sold all my ham gear to an Aussie ham before returning to the states in 1989. During the following period of inactivity my license expired in January 1991. The FCC allowed me to renew my license later that year in November 1991 but issued a new call - N5XGG. I remained inactive however until I purchased an Icom IC-718 in June 2002. In 2005 I added 2M FM capability to my home station for the first time with a Yaesu FT-2800m mobile. On 4 November 2006 I passed the Extra Class exam while visiting a hamfest in Corpus Christi, Texas.

?I recently discovered my great-uncle Lonnie A. Denman's amateur call of W5BGG. He became a silent key before I was first licensed. Quite a coincidence that both our calls end in GG. He was active from Houston, Texas from at least the 1930's until 1979 (information from call books). Any information you might run across about him (QSL card, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

A real paper QSL card is always very much appreciated and I always try my best to answer promptly. I try to maintain envelopes with the ARRL DX QSL bureau. Although I enjoy receiving "real' paper QSL cards I will attempt to exchange by any method you request. I now upload my log to LOTW and here on QRZ.COM. I maintain a log of all radio activity since first licensed, now computerized using the Logic8 program.

My QTH is Rockland, Texas - a very small rural East Texas community in northern Tyler County where my wife and I live on 3 acres. Currently my station consists of an Icom IC-746PRO. I go by Joe on the air (and most other places.) My primary (an almost exclusive) mode is CW. I have an MFJ paddle and a LTA SKCC straight key (serial #81 see picture this page). I also have a mic but very seldom use it. My current antenna is a horizontal loop up about 45-55 ft. I pieced it together as I hung it and don't know the exact length. Best guess is somewhere between 300 - 375 feet overall. It has 4 sides but not square. I have room to add another 100 - 150 feet and may do that soon. It is loading on bands 10m - 80m. It is fed with W7FG 600 ohm open-wire line going directly to my MFJ-974b balanced tuner.

Clubs
ARRL, FISTS, SKCC, QCWA (not active), NAQCC (not active)

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Callsign KA3GUJ
Name Joe Denman
Country United States
License Class Extra
Been a Ham Since 1981
Joined 05/19/2018
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N5XGG IS MY CURRENT CALL SIGN. THERE IS AN ACCOUNT ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER THAT CALL BUT IS NOT MY INFORMATION. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GAIN ACCESS TO THAT PROFILE TO CORRECT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN A TECHNICIAN CLASSS.

My Ham Radio Interests
Primary (almost exclusive) mode CW. I build my own wire antennas.

My Equipment
Currently (2018): Icom 746PRO, MFJ 974B balanced tuner, Horizontal Loop antenna

Other Interests
A native of Texas, I was first licensed while living in Philadelphia, PA 13Jan1981 as a Novice with call KA3GUJ. There was a Heathkit store at that time not too far out of town. I used the Heathkit home study courses and audio cassette tapes to get ready for the Novice exam while building my first rig - a Heathkit HW-101. At the end of 30 days I had the kit completed and passed the Novice exam taken in the Heathkit store. My first antenna was a Cushcraft 80m-10m trap vertical that had me totally frustrated until my 'Elmer', Bert Arnett (KA2FYB/KF3I), gave me a hand with the ground and radials.

I moved to Corpus Christi, TX in the summer of 1981. The picture above is my shack of 1982 in the garage showing my HW101, TS520S, and Radio Shack Model 1 computer (4k ram, no disk drives). I built an interface between my rig and my computer and used it to send/receive 40-meter cw practice with John Russell, KA5JXG (SK) on a weekly schedule to build up our speed, while we both studied for the General exam. I upgraded to General 27Apr82 and was issued call N5ESK until FCC realised they had issued it twice. The corrected call issued was N5ESI. I bought a Kenwood TS-520S from Joe Shienberg, WD5FHG (SK) and later sold my HW-101. While living on the Northwest Cape (Exmouth) Western Australia between 1984 and 1989, I was issued a reciprocal license, VK6AJL (Jan 1985), but it was not used much. I sold all my ham gear to an Aussie ham before returning to the states in 1989. During the following period of inactivity my license expired in January 1991. The FCC allowed me to renew my license later that year in November 1991 but issued a new call - N5XGG. I remained inactive however until I purchased an Icom IC-718 in June 2002. In 2005 I added 2M FM capability to my home station for the first time with a Yaesu FT-2800m mobile. On 4 November 2006 I passed the Extra Class exam while visiting a hamfest in Corpus Christi, Texas.

?I recently discovered my great-uncle Lonnie A. Denman's amateur call of W5BGG. He became a silent key before I was first licensed. Quite a coincidence that both our calls end in GG. He was active from Houston, Texas from at least the 1930's until 1979 (information from call books). Any information you might run across about him (QSL card, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.

A real paper QSL card is always very much appreciated and I always try my best to answer promptly. I try to maintain envelopes with the ARRL DX QSL bureau. Although I enjoy receiving "real' paper QSL cards I will attempt to exchange by any method you request. I now upload my log to LOTW and here on QRZ.COM. I maintain a log of all radio activity since first licensed, now computerized using the Logic8 program.

My QTH is Rockland, Texas - a very small rural East Texas community in northern Tyler County where my wife and I live on 3 acres. Currently my station consists of an Icom IC-746PRO. I go by Joe on the air (and most other places.) My primary (an almost exclusive) mode is CW. I have an MFJ paddle and a LTA SKCC straight key (serial #81 see picture this page). I also have a mic but very seldom use it. My current antenna is a horizontal loop up about 45-55 ft. I pieced it together as I hung it and don't know the exact length. Best guess is somewhere between 300 - 375 feet overall. It has 4 sides but not square. I have room to add another 100 - 150 feet and may do that soon. It is loading on bands 10m - 80m. It is fed with W7FG 600 ohm open-wire line going directly to my MFJ-974b balanced tuner.

My Radio Clubs
ARRL, FISTS, SKCC, QCWA (not active), NAQCC (not active)

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