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Mark Calhoun
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KF5JRE Ham Since 2011
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My Ham Radio Interests
Meeting New People. Making New Friends. DX conversations.

Equipment
ICOM IC-7000 HF/6m/2m/440MHz All Mode Transciever;
Ameritron AL-572 1300 Watt Amplifier;
MFJ-998 IntelliTuner;
Hy-Gain AV-6160, 6-160m, 43' Vertical w/38 Radials;
Jetstream LBT-1 2m/70cm, Base Antenna, 28' Mast;
MFJ G5RV Antenna, 25' Apex, 5' Insulators;
Comet UHV-6 80m-440MHz Mobile Antenna (All Coils);
LDG IT-100 Autotuner for UHV-6;
BetterRF Comapny 7000 Tune & Scredriver Controler.

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KF5JRE Updated Profile - 4/5/2011 7:50:01 PM


KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 6:06:37 PM


Detail of Head Mounting.
Detail of Head Mounting.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 6:05:29 PM


Talk About Ease of Operation! Everything is at Your Fingertips!
Talk About Ease of Operation! Everything is at Your Fingertips!

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 6:03:37 PM


Radio Head Mounted to Arm Rest.
Radio Head Mounted to Arm Rest.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 6:01:10 PM


Comet UHV-6 w/All Coils and Guy Ropes.
Comet UHV-6 w/All Coils and Guy Ropes.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:58:47 PM


Ground Wire/Static Discharge Line From Antenna/Diesel Tank/Frame Bond.
Ground Wire/Static Discharge Line From Antenna/Diesel Tank/Frame Bond.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:56:09 PM


Bond to Frame From Diesel Tank.
Bond to Frame From Diesel Tank.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:54:39 PM


Diesel Tank and Truck Bed Bonded to Frame For Antenna Ground.
Diesel Tank and Truck Bed Bonded to Frame For Antenna Ground.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:52:33 PM


Guy on Antenna. Bad Picture. You get the idea.
Guy on Antenna. Bad Picture. You get the idea.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:50:48 PM


Antenna Guy Station. Nylon Cable Anchor.
Antenna Guy Station. Nylon Cable Anchor.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:48:06 PM


Antenna Mount Welded to Diesel Tank.
Antenna Mount Welded to Diesel Tank.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:42:02 PM


Back of IC-7000 Mounted in Truck.
Back of IC-7000 Mounted in Truck.

KF5JRE Uploaded a Picture - 2/14/2011 5:38:14 PM


My IC-7000 Mounted in my Truck
My IC-7000 Mounted in my Truck

KF5JRE's Blog Post - 2/10/2011 8:42:25 PM

February 10, 2011. KF5JRE Station Wiring Completed Today.

Welcome to the official blog of Amateur Radio Station KF5JRE.

My name is Mark Calhoun. I am the Owner/Operator of this radio station.

My station is located at 18 Bybee Circle, Huntsville, TX 77320-1003 USA. North 30° 46' 45.6" West 95° 40' 29.0". Grid Square EM20ds.

I finally completed the wiring of my station today!

Exactly 4 weeks ago, on 1-10-2011, I started by ordering my gear from hamradio.com as they had the best prices AND offered free shipping. I didn't even have my license yet. Since then, I have dug an antenna foundation pit; drove a bunch of ground rods; mixed and poured 10 bags of concrete; assembled the antenna; dug 50 foot of ditch and put 2 1/2" conduit in it for my antenna feed to the vertical; soldered the ends on 30 radials and staked them out along with the 8 radial kit I ordered with the antenna; put up a 28 foot mast for the 2m/440MHz antenna; made up a boat load of LMR-400 coax lines and RG-213 jumper cables; made a cable entrance thru the back wall, and, finally got everything assembled the way I want it.

In the midst of all this I was supposed to somehow study for for my Technician test, and my General test, while building a fence, taking care of my Mom and carrying on with normal day-to-day life. I ended up studying for about 6 hours for my Technician test and about 6 MINUTES for my General test. I then took 2 practice tests for the General and failed them both. I took part of a practice test for the General the day of the test and realized I had no hope of passing it and quit.

On Saturday, Janruary 22, 2011, I went to Fire Station Number 2 in Huntsville, Texas, to take the test. I only missed one question on the Technician test AND THAT WAS THE ONE I CHANGED THE ANSWER ON! It was about the ITU and contries requesting Amateurs not contact their citizens.

I then took the General test anyway. After all, it was just a test and I had nothing to lose by taking it. I opened the test booklet and ..... I couldn't believe it..... there were the questions I had seen on the practice tests I had failed and so I KNEW the WRONG answers. I just made sure to pick the most logical answer that I didn't pick on the pratice tests. I turned my test in and went outside and wondered around. When I came back in, the first grader gave me the thumbs up sign! I was so stunned I about fell down right there in the floor. I went outside and busted up laughing. It was great!

A little later on a ham said to me "you really broadened your horizons when you got your General." At that time I really didn't realize what a major acomplishment passing the General test was and what he meant by that comment. Later at home I looked at a Band Plan and saw that by getting my General ticket I practically DOUBLED the amount of frequencies that I can operate on. Now I am dying to get my Extra ticket so I can operate on all frequencies.

Since getting my license, I have already talked to the East and West coasts, Northern and Southern USA, Central Plains USA, Canada, and, Puerto Rico. Late last night I heard someone from Johanasburg, South Africa calling "CQ" on 40 Meters. I didn't even have the amp ready to go for that band. I frantically twirrled dials and flipped switches to get it all set, keyed my mike and said "This is Kilo Foxtrot............." and I forgot my call sign. I was so flustered and excited about being able to actually talk to another human being clear around the planet that we live on, on my little radio station, that I forgot what to say. I un-keyed my mike and let someone else try to get a contact in while the band was open. Literally just @ 90 seconds later I couldn't hear him at all. The window had shut.

I'm really happy to be a member of the Amateur Radio Community. I look forward to talking to you all some day. I really like working 160 Meters and 20 meters, but, I surf all the bands and frequencies and could be anywhere. If you hear "Kilo Foxtrot 5, Juliet Romeo Echo" give me shout back!

73's to everyone!

Mark Calhoun
Comment from N0VF 2/15/2011 6:20:41 AM
Welcome Mark! and congrats on your General!

Comment from N2NUV 6/12/2016 7:29:27 PM
Hello Mark,
Saw your post hole vac idea - GREAT idea. I am going to put in a couple of 4 x 4 posts for a volleyball and badminton area for my kid.
Hope all is going ok with you and your station. ditto congrats on your general
73
N2NUV

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Me and my gear.
Me and my gear.

KF5JRE Joined My Ham Shack - 2/9/2011 6:17:09 PM


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