The Amateur Radio Pages Of
Gordon W8CT & Cheryl W8AMA
The shack line up is as follows. For HF the Yaesu FT-1000MP, refubed Henry 2K-3 amplifier, Kenwood TL-922A amplifier, Palstar AT-2K antenna tuner, Palstar 2K dry dummy load. I have a Heil GM-5 dual element microphone on the HF rig. I have an FT-920 connected to the the SignalLink USB interface and use this setup as the primary rig for all the digital modes and 6 meters. For VHF/UHF I have the IC-910H at the base and assorted handhelds and mobiles. I would like to pull together the gear to run some EME and satellite in the near future.
The antennas are a home brew gamma fed verticals for 20 & 40 meters, an inverted "L" for 160 and another for 75 meters. I enjoy working 160,75/80, and 40 meters most often. At the present I don't have any antennas for 10 or 15 meters, I tune one of the inverted L's. There are plans to fill that antenna void this spring.
It is mostly a winter hobby for me. Bluegrass & traditional music festivals, ( I play guitar and a little mandolin), shooting sports, golf, and family, take up the summer.
I taught the electronics programs at the local vocational school and community college, and now work at the Intermediate School District as the computer network administrator and telecommunications technician to pay the bills. My wife is also an amateur, W8AMA.
My present radio goal is WAS on 160 Phone. The kids are grown and married and I now have four grand daughters and one grandson. My son-in-law Mike got the bug and is now an Extra Class WY8F, my daughter Anne just got her vanity call K8AKO. The current building project is a pair of 3-500Z's on 6 Meters. I am a Vietnam era vet, I was a combat air controller for the USAF.
I am the State Youth Coordinator for the ARRL Michigan Section, a VEC, and Vice president of the Michigan QCWA Chapter 10. First place, Michigan Section, CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB Contest, multiple operator, 3 times.