Aerial view of the W5KFT Ranch Station


  • Llano County, Texas, USA
  • ARRL STX Section
  • ARRL West Gulf Division
  • CQ Zone 4
  • ITU Zone 7
  • Grid Locator EM00st
  • 30.8027°N, 98.4510°W
  • 313 m (1,026 ft.) above sea level
Photo of Trey Garlough N5KO operating at W5KFT
Photo of Robert Brandon K5PI and Gary Schmidt 
      W5ZL operating in the CQ World Wide DX Contest, CW

Radiosport in the Texas Hill Country

The W5KFT Ranch Station is located on the western shore of Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Country. The station is optimized for DX and domestic HF contests. It is best suited to the SO2R, M/S, and M/2 categories. The station has been operational on CW, Phone, and RTTY, as well as some VHF/UHF contests.

Photo of W5KFT Ranch Station Towers

Bryan Edwards W5KFT

Bryan was first licensed in 1955 and is an active DXer and contester. Looking for a way to escape the line noise and RFI of urban Lubbock, Texas, Bryan began building the station at the ranch with the help of George Fremin III K5TR in the summer of 1993.

Photo of Bryan Edwards W5KFT outdoors at the ranch Photo of Bryan Edwards W5KFT operating