Episode 424 – Lee Finkel – KY7M


Lee Finkel, KY7M, honed his operating skills passing CW messages for the  Nation Traffic System in the 60s.  His membership in the  with Central Arizona DX Association, after moving to Phoenix from Chicago,  led KY7M to an interest in DX, DXpeditions to West Africa, and contesting.  Lee is now a trustee of the NA7TB Milt Jensen N5IA Memorial Station, a remotely controlled multi-band station that includes a 160 Meter 8 circle antenna in the Arizona desert.  KY7M is my QSO Today. ​


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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Phil Horowitz, K9GBS

First License:
Novice,  1962, WN9EBT
Upgrade to General, 1963

First Rig: 
Eico 720 Transmitter
Hallicrafters SX-140 Receiver
Heathkit VFO
Plate Modulator for the Eico 720

Upgrade Rig:
Heathkit HX-10 Marauder Transmitter
Drake 2B Receiver
Mosley  TA-33 Jr.  Beam

Current Rig:
Elecraft K3S HF Transceiver
Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier
Alpha 87A  Amplifier
STeppIR 40 meter Beam

NA7TB Milt Jensen N5IA Memorial Station

Lee is currently the editor of the ARRL National Contest Journal (NCJ).

Allied Radio, Chicago
Knight Kit Spanmaster Shortwave Radio
Shortwave Radio
Stamp Club
Lane Tech High School, Chicago
High School Electric Shop
NTS – National Traffic System
ILN- Illinois CW Net
ORS – Official Relay Station
40 Meter Phone
Office of Newton Minnow, Head of FCC
DeVry Institute
University of Illinois, College of Communications
WPGU Wiring Station 
WILL University of Illinois Radio Station
Ohio State University, Law School
National Guard at Ohio State University
Ohio State Legal Aid 
US Army Signal Corp
Vietnam War
Yaesu FT-101 HF Transceiver
Motorola Schaumburg
Motorola Phoenix
Arizona Employment Law
John Baergen ND7B 
Cushcraft A4S Antenna
Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club
CADXA – Central Arizona DX Association
Arizona Outlaws Contest Club
K5VT DXpedition
ARRL Sweepstakes
Arizona Desert Aire Waves Newsletter
YOTA – Youth On The Air
Destination Imagination
VooDoo Contest Group
Roger Western, G3GXW
Vince Thompson, TZ6VT
CQ Worldwide Contest
PJ2T Caribbean Contest Consortium
QSL Manager
Logbook of the World
QSL Card
Club Log OQRS
Top Band 160 Meters
8 Circle 160 Meter Antenna
CQ 160 Meter Contest
Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver
RRC1258 Remote Rig Controller
Beverage Antenna
Ned Sterns, AA7A – Episode 100 QSO Today Podcast
Fred Fish Memorial Award
CQ Worldwide RTTY

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now:  Advances in technology and keeping up with it. Digital modes have changed the way that hams participate in ham radio, and the aging out of ham radio. 

Excited most by: weak signal capabilities of the digital modes. 

Advice to new or returning hams: ham radio is still a wonderful place to meet people and get to know them by visiting them, and to learn new things.

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Eico 720 Novice Transmitter

Heathkit HX-10 Marauder Transmitter

Elecraft K3 HF Transceiver

Operating NA7TB Remote Station

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