Episode 469 – George Fremin – K5TR


Today’s podcast is a reprise of my interview with George Fremin, K5TR in April of 2017.  George is a world class contester and DXer, with years of experience building and maintaining first class multi-operator contest stations.  George gives some important advice on tower safety and working on antenna towers. We also touch on the “flow state” that is achievable during intense contesting rounds in this QSO Today.



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George’s website: http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr

First License: Age 13, 1976, WB5VZL, Waco, Texas
George’s Father is: George Fremin, Jr., WB5UKU

First Rig:

​Education: University of Texas, Austin. BS History
University of Texas Amateur Radio Club

ARRL Field Day, Contest Elmer: WB5KTD who coached making contacts

N5AU super stationGordon Fogg, N5AU, on 20 acres east of Dallas, 26 towers
N5AU Operators: N5RZ, K5MM, N5CR, N5RT,

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, 1982

Amateur Radio Station K5ZD

W5KFT contest station, Lubbock, TX

K5TR advice before tower climbing:
Buy your own safety equipment like a Full body arrest harness, with two fall arrest lanyards

US Tower Structure Fatalities

Up the Tower – The Complete Guide to Tower Construction, by Steve Morris, K7LXC

NG3K Amateur Radio Contesting Resources and Information

K5TR Station: 

VHF/UHF Transverter – allows a HF rig to operate in VHF and UHF ranges

Icom IC-502

Alan Sias, WB0DRL (Now N0OY) – operates VHF, UHF, and microwave contests

Roving activating grid squares

Lauren Libby, W0LD – 10 Ghz radios

“Troposcatter is about power and antenna gain, not affected by propagation”

DXpedition: South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, 2002 – video

The 9v1yc video collection is all on Vimeo now.

K5TR’s pictures of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Island DXpedition

Excited most by new technology including SDR and digital modes

Advice to new and returning hams: Get on and operate.  Try everything

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Kenwood TS-520 HF Transceiver

Elecraft K3 Transceiver

Kenwood TS-850 HF Transceiver

Icom IC-502 6 Meter Transceiver

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