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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Wizard of Warrenton: Jerry KI4IO

That's Jerry KI4IO of Warrenton Virginia sitting in front of truly impressive collection of homebrew gear.  The cream-colored box above the Vibroplex is Jerry's new 7 MHz phasing transceiver.   He has a wonderful write-up of this rig in the qrp-tech group files section:
You may have to join the yahoo group to access it, but believe me, it is worth it.  Jerry took a very eclectic approach to circuit selection and came up with a very cool rig.  Lots of soul in that new machine!  Here it is in breadboard form:
Jerry worked in U.S. Embassies as a communications officer and is obviously a member of the International Brotherhood of Electronic Wizards.  From his QRZ page:
While in India I was licensed at VU2LHO and worked a lot of US hams with a 135' flat-top and open-wire feed. I had the antenna strung between two bamboo towers atop the embassy housing 2ND-story roof-top. I also put up a 3/8 wave vertical on the roof for 10 meters. That little antenna had 110 radials stapled into the roof scree and worked very well! The rig was a HW-101. I was in Kathmandu, Nepal from early 1980 to late 1982. I could not obtain a license there, but became good friends with Father Moran, 9N1MM, and would often spend time up at his place putting his Drake station on CW. Pretty cool being real DX!
Warrenton, Virginia is not far from my QTH (it is the birthplace of Cappuccio the wonder-dog). 
FB Jerry. 
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