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Ron Smith
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N7RD Ham Since 1987
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Other Callsigns
KB7CUD 1987
N7KBN 1987
KF7JF 1992
N7RD 1996

My Ham Radio Interests
CW Only, DXing, rag chewing, one day reaching Honor Roll.
Have 7 Band DXCC CW Only, working on 80 meters now.

Equipment
Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark 5
Icom IC-706MkII
Ameritron Amplifier
Yaesu Amplifier
Hy-Gain TH-3 Mk3 Yagi
Hustler 6-BTV
1/2 wave 80 meter dipole

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Clubs
ARRL - Fists # 2714 - 10-10 International # 44933 - QCWA - SKCC # 5507T - Essex CW Club # 262 - CW Ops #1551 - Pro CW Club # 89 - Russian CW Club # 1016 - NAQCC # 1178 - TRC - CTC # 88 - A1 Operator Club -TBDXC # 519 - West Valley ARC

N7RD Updated Profile - 11/12/2018 5:00:57 PM


N7RD's Blog Post - 11/6/2018 3:16:59 PM

HF Band Lows

Well as we all know the bands are just in the tank. I still try each and every day and to my amazement there is still some good DX to be had out there. The VP6D DX-pedition was really good. Think I got them on 7 bands of good CW work. The November SS was good also just seemed it was not my weekend for contesting. Think I did about 40 or 50 Q's and was just not feeling it so hung it up this year. Looking forward to the CQWW CW test, never really go hog wild about it but sometimes there is some DX that can fill some band spots for me and it's always fun to see how well the rig preforms with all the big guns out there. The up coming holidays are almost here, so if your reading this I want to wish all of you a happy holiday season from Arizona and hope 2019 will be a great year for everyoen.

Best Regards,
Ron N7RD
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Operating Desk
Operating Desk

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Op Position
Op Position

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Dentron 3000A Tuner
Dentron 3000A Tuner

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IC-706 MkIIG
IC-706 MkIIG

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Filtering for CW
Filtering for CW

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FT-1000MP Mk5
FT-1000MP Mk5

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Filter for CW
Filter for CW

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Yaesu for DXers
Yaesu for DXers

N7RD's Blog Post - 10/26/2018 12:38:15 PM

Shack Update

Well here it is almost another year of my 31 years of radio. I have had many radios thru the years and have finally come full circle. I started out with a used Yaesu FT-101EE in 1987. What a good rig it was to me. Thru the years I tried Kenwood, Ten Tec, Icom, and here I am 31 years later back with the old standby Yaesu. Seems as if I just had to try all those new fancy rigs with all the bells and whistles. Can't say they were all good, had so many in and out of the shop I finally came to the conclusion that I am getting old and I need to stick to something I can understand in my final years of our great hobby. I finally found a mint Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark 5, had never had anything done to it since it was new. So sent it off to Byron WA4GEG the Yaesu Master. After couple of weeks in Tenn. with Byron it's back in the shack and preforms like new. I am so glad I finally gave up the fancy new rigs and got one that hears well and is a great performer. I promise myself to never go after the fancy bells and whistles again. This rig is a keeper and after 31 years my shack is finally where I want it to be. All my thanks to Byron WA4GET for his outstanding work on my Mark 5. Looking forward to more years on the air with a rig I can trust.

Best DXing,
Ron N7RD
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Kenwood and Icom
Kenwood and Icom

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Current QSL
Current QSL

N7RD is Connected to the following - 8/4/2013 12:31:42 PM

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Icom Rig
Icom Rig

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QSL Card
QSL Card

N7RD Joined My Ham Shack - 8/4/2013 12:10:44 PM


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