I've been enjoying this hobby since 1978 when I was a skinny little whippersnapper in Tyler, Texas. Primary interests are DXing and QRP, mostly CW in both pursuits. I also like to build kits, tinker with antennas, operate from the field and copy FT8 by ear. Well, all except that last part.

US Navy veteran, Submarines, 1984-1993, electronic surveillance, inertial navigation systems. USS Barb (SSN-596) and other assignments took me to VE7, KH6, KL7, XE, OA, DU, VS6, KG6, HS, VK6, 9V, VQ9 and all over the US. Those were the days.....

Lived in NY and NJ for many years after the Navy, finally made it back to Texas in 2006.

Non-radio interests: RVing, photography, motorcycling and bicycling.

73, John AE5X
Previous callsigns: AA5YX KA5BBL VQ9BL


With the exception of the KPA-500 my entire station is solar powered. Two 100-watt Renogy panels on the roof feed two 6V Trojan T105 batteries in series through an MPPT controller.



  •     Force 12 C3E up 45 feet
  •     80m dipole up 110 feet fed with ladder line and used 30-40-80 meters
  •     Top-loaded vertical (110 ft tall) for 160m