Ken Harker WM5R
1999 K5TR New QTH Party


George K5TR had a new house party on April 10, 1999. Most of the guests were members of the Central Texas DX and Contest Club (CTDXCC) and the University of Texas Amateur Radio Club (UTARC). The new house is located on almost 15 acres of land in the Texas Hill Country, about eight miles due east of Johnson City, TX, EM00. This was the first time that most of the guests had been to the new QTH.

These photos were taken by Robert Barron KA5WSS and Ken Harker WM5R.


The view of the house from the front drive. The antenna on the side of the house is for television reception. The Rohn 45 top section in the lawn was being used as the anchor for a 7' kite.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
The back side of the house. The bird bath in the foreground came with the property
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A view of the horizon to the east/northeast from the back yard. Some of the trees that have been cut are still on the lawn awaiting the chipper.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
Another shot of essentially the same view, with part of the deck and swimming pool in the foreground.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Hanging out in the shade on the north side of the house. From left to right: Richard K5NA, Tom N5TW, George K5TR, and Bob AF5Z. On the left, you can see a bunch of antenna parts, including Telrex corona balls!
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The pile of antenna parts awaiting towers. Included in this pile are monoband yagis for 20M, 15M, 10M, and 2M. Some of the Telrex antennas still have their original corona balls on the element ends.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
This is the currently operational antenna farm at K5TR. This is a vertical that works on 40M, 20M, 15M, and 10M. The red wires fanning out from the base are 40M radials. The shed in the background is the well house. Out of frame to the left is a 30M inverted V wire dipole.
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Hanging out on the back porch, from left to right: George K5TR's mother, John NT5C, George K5TR, Bob AF5Z, and John KE5C.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
More people on the porch, from left to right: Susan K5DU, Bob AF5Z, Tom N5TW, Dennis K5YA, and Hugo N5JGX.
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From left to right: George K5TR, Bob AF5Z, and John KE5C. John has been inactive for the past several years, but holds Worked All States on 144MHz, and was formerly quite active on EME.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
Indoors, enjoying a buffet of fajitas, beans, rice, chips, fruit, and cakes. In the foreground, from left to right: Susan K5DU, Richard K5NA, and Dennis K5YA. In the background, from left to right: Jill KC5OJK, John KE5C, and Monique N3TNN/5.
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Robin KC5NUU and Kevin KT5I. Both are alumni of the University of Texas Amateur Radio Club.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
This is the beginnings of the K5TR contest station: a Kenwood TS-850SAT and a PC. Ken KM5FA is tuning the radio while Monique N3TNN/5 listens. On top of the radio, you can see a couple of alligators and a Super CMOS Keyer II. On the table in the background are some of the awards and photos that will eventually be hung on the wall.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
George K5TR. George is an active contester, most recently winning the 1998 IARU HF Championships, W/VE single-op phone-only. George is also the editor of the Contest Corral column in QST.
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Dennis K5YA. Dennis is getting back into CW contesting after several year's absence.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Robert KA5WSS. Robert is best known as the author of the Logconv contest log conversion utility program. Robert is also the ARRL Public Information Coordinator for the South Texas section. Leaning on the railing is Kevin KT5I.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Monique N3TNN/5. On the left is Kevin KT5I's wife, Amy. Monique has upgraded twice in the past month, and is now a General class licensee. Her main interest is HF CW, and she is looking forward to building her own QRP gear after the end of the semester.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
Jill Francis KC5OJK. Jill is a former president of the Austin Amateur Radio Club W5KA.
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George K5TR and Dave WD5N. Dave likes to operate the big DX CW contests from the Caribbean, and has operated from WP2Z several times, and from VP5N in the 1998 CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Ken KM5FA. Ken is President of the University of Texas Amateur Radio Club (UTARC) and frequently contests from N5XU.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Sunset over the Texas Hill Country. In the foreground is the circular driveway.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
Another photo of the fantastic sunset. You can see a kite on the lawn in the foreground, when most of the guests first arrived, it was flying unattended, anchored to a Rohn 45 top section.
Copyright © 1999 Robert Barron
This is more or less what it looks like every night in Texas.
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker
The sun is getting a little lower...
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Lower...
Copyright © 1999 Kenneth E. Harker

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