Episode 066 - John Thompson - K3MD
If you want to meet a ham that works every contest and operates every mode, from 160 meters to 1296 Mhz, then John Thompson, K3MD, would come to mind. With over 350,000 contacts in his logbook since 1991, John is just a guy that loves operating, especially contests. At the same time, he collects classic rigs, writes articles, mentors hams, and is active in many ham organizations. John joins Eric, 4Z1UG, in this week's QSO Today.
Special thanks to K3MD for his unsolicited contribution of $50.00 to the QSO Today Podcast.
Knightkit regenerative receiver - called the Ocean Hopper
First Elmer: John’s uncle, Tom Winternitz, W2YTH, later W2MS (SK)
First License: General Class, K3YQJ, Age 13
Extra Class Upgrade: 1969
K3MD's recommended best ground mounted antenna for city lot: Butternut Antenna
80 Meter Four Square Antenna
Current Rig: Yaesu FTDX5000
Radio Teletype Roundup - the ARRL RTTY Roundup
Favorite Operating Mode: CW, but works them all
Single operator callsign stacking
WriteLog for RTTY software.
QRP Amateur Radio Club Contest
CW Ops - contest every wednesday for 1 hour.
Contest with greatest challenge: Field Day - make rapid contacts with operators that are not proficient
What makes a great radio club?
National Contest Journal
Jack Troster, W6ISQ
Jean Shepherd, K2ORS
Favorite “boat anchor” radios:
ARC 5 transmitter, 80 and 40 meter
Recommended First Rig for New Ham: Yaesu FT-450 for the Kenwood TS-590, both allow computer control
Most popular CW keys:
Straight Key Night Rig:
QRP Rigs Owned:
Reverse Beacon Network - using it can improve your contest score
“If you get bored with a certain aspect of ham radio, there is always another one”
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Ameco AC-1 Novice Transmitter
Hammarlund HQ-129X Receiver
Drake 2B Receiver
K3MD's first boat anchor choice
K3MD Current Rig