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Amateur Radio Station N5KF

Bob Redoutey, Georgetown, TX, USA

A little about me:

My Amateur Radio hobby started in 1966 with the call WN8UMV. I received the call WB8CNZ in 1969. My first station was set up in the basement of my parents house in Livonia, Michigan. I received the call KF5KF in 1986 after moving to Texas and getting tired of telling people I was not in "8" land (Michigan). I kept the KF5KF call for over 10 years. In the summer of 1990 I upgraded my license from Advanced to Extra Class.

With the call KF5KF I had trouble with DX stations being confused with the suffix being the same as the prefix. State side stations felt it was unique, which it was. But during contests it was always a problem trying to explain that the "letters were the same front and back" Seems like everybody thought they had only half the call!

With the Vanity Callsign program from the FCC, I changed my call to N5KF in early November, 1996. I have also held the call KZ5OM while in the Canal Zone (now part of Panama) in Central America in the 70's and more recently operating as VK3FPE near Melbourne, Australia.

Current Ham Radio equipment includes an Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver for 160-6 Meters, an ICOM IC-736 HF Transceiver for 160-6 meters, a Yaesu FT-5200, a Yaesu FT-7100 and Yaesu FT-8800 146/440 FM transceivers, and a number of HT's. A very old GE MPV currently operates my 440 MHz local repeater on 441.575MHz. Amplifiers include an Ameritron AL-80B (up to 1000W on HF) and a 100W 2 Meter amp.

Antennas include a Force 12 C4 Beam (40-10 Meters) at 80 ft, a 140 ft long Carolina Windom, at 50 ft hanging from the tower, a 9 element 2 meter beam at 85 ft, and a dB Products 440 MHz folded dipole array at 70 ft. These antennas sit off a 78 ft. Heights Manufacturing Aluminum Tilt-Over Tower. Unfortunately I am having some serious engineering issues with this tower and may have to take it all down since the legs between the sections do not fit properly. I also have two 146/440 MHz verticals at 35 ft. off the house for local communications and IRLP. Currently active on 160 meters (1.8 MHz) through 440 MHz on CW, SSB, FM, satellite, and digital modes.

I have an IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) connection. My node number is 3437. The frequency is 440.750 MHz with a 100 Hz PL tone. This is a simplex node, with no offset involved. Coverage is into the North Austin area to the south, into Elgin to the east, and up into Belton to the north. A recent upgrade (5/11) now allows Echolink as well as IRLP access with my simplex node. My Echolink node number is 588845. To make an Echolink call please use "*" in front of the node number. To disconnect from either IRLP or Echolink, use "73". If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email or give me a phone call. Both IRLP and Echolink are open to anybody to use 24/7. Remember, this is a simplex node, you will NOT get a carrier back when you "kerchunk" the frequency. Pressing the "C" button on your touch tone mic will provide you with a announced time message, which can give you an idea of the strength of the node at your location. You can also enter "9990" for an audio check from your location to the node. Please disconnect using "73".

My current QTH is in Georgetown, Texas, Williamson County. My former QTH was in Round Rock, just south of Georgetown (1993-2003). The grid square is EM10cr. If you would like to make a sked on any band 160-2 meters, send me an e-mail message and I will be happy to try to meet with you. Evenings and weekends are the best.

I am not a big time DXer, so if I work some good DX, please drop me an email and/or QSL card and tell me about your station and your family. I enjoy travel and learning about other parts of the world. Personal travel has included Asia, Southern Europe, Central America, Canada and Australia.

In my spare time I am active with the Naturist Amateur Radio Club, the Williamson County Amateur Radio Club, and the North Lake Land Owners Association.

You can catch me at the following e-mail addresses.

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Updated November 2015