KC5LK Biographical Info

Greetings and welcome to my humble shack. I was first licensed in 1978 as KA5AFT. I kept that call until early 1981 when I requested a callsign change and received my current call KC5LK.

In the years that followed my activity level has covered the spectrum from being QRT for 7 years to very, very active. I have helped to establish one Amateur Radio Club and served as an officer in a another. I am currently a member of the American Radio Relay League, Indexa, and the 599 DX Association. So that I can give something back to my hobby I am an ARRL VE, DXCC Card Checker and CQ Checkpoint and fron January 1, 2015 until March 2022 I was the CQ WAZ Award Manager.

Like most hams I have tried many of the exciting and a few of the not so exciting aspects of Amateur Radio. At the present my principal interest is DX on the HF bands. There are slowly developing ideas of 6 Meter DX, but those ideas are still rattling around in the brain. The DX bug was slow to bite, it was eighteen years after I received my first ticket that I finally made my first DXCC submission in Febuary 1996, it contained 103 Entities. Even with that it took another two years for me realize that I really enjoyed DXing. Since then as the saying goes, "The rest is history". My Brag Wall now proudly displays Plaques for #1 Honor Roll (Mixed), DXCC Honor Roll (Phone), 5 Band DXCC, and DXCC Challenge. I also have DXCC certificates for CW, RTTY, and for all bands 80 thru 10 Meters as well as CQ WAZ and 5 Band WAZ. An I have the following CQ Awards WPX, WAZ Mixed, Phone, CW, 20 Meter Phone and 5 Band WAZ.

My QTH is located in the central part of the state of Mississippi about 9 miles (15KM) SSE of Brandon. The gridsquare location is EM52ad. The station is equipted with a Icom IC-706MKIIG and a Icom 7300. The HF antennas are a Cushcraft A-3 at 68' (20 Meters). Dipoles are used for 80 and 40 Meters and for the WARC bands I use a G5RV antenna that was designed for 40 Meter operation but has proven to be more than adequate thus far for WARC Band operation. For The digital modes I use a a notebook running Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) using HRD or WSJT-X and a RigBlaster Advantage.

If you would like to received a QSL, Domestic or DX, from me blease read my QSLing policy located on this website. If you are a DX station and would like to exchange QSL cards, send your card with QSO data and a SASE or SAE with $2.00 USD to my CBA Address. All DX cards without an SAE or SASE will be returned via the buro. QSL requests from all stations within the Contigious States MUST contain a SASE or they WILL NOT be answered. For all stations I upload my logs in real time or at the end of each operation session to eQSL, Clublog, and LoTW.

John, KC5LK