I have been involved with ham radio since 1973. Previous calls were KD5VU, KD4YC, N7AET, WB7SHW and WT7AAN.
The setup at AA5VU is a Kenwood TS-590S to a Wilson System 33 Beam at 55 feet, a modified W9INN muli-band fan dipole or an Inverted-L for 160. I use a 27-inch Apple iMac (or a 13-inch MacBook Pro) running OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks). For RTTY and other digital modes I use fldig by W1HKJ with Aether for archived logging.
II like RTTY DXing and I now have 296 counties (enities) worked on RTTY. Been there, done that for the ARRL DXCC with 320 countries (or entities) worked (Mixed, RTTY #1397, CW and Phone), ARRL Triple Play Award #122, 5BWAS #544, CW-WAS, RTTY-WAS #54, 160 Meter-WAS #295, 17 Meter- WAS, 12 Meter-WAS #06 and HF Packet-WAS #05.
I am active in the 2014 ARRL Centennial QSO Party with a personal objective to work all W1AW/P stations in CW, Phone and RTTY. My current standings on the ARRL bingo card as of March 6, 2014 are 18 states worked with 154 QSOs. On the ARRL Leader Board I am #286 of 69,186 participants. So far I am good for the three modes for each of the 18 W1AW/P stations that have been activated, including the current active ID and KY operations that have not been posted to the ARRL web page. All states will come up twice over 2014 so there will be an opportunity for a 2nd chance to fill any holes from the first session.
I am retired from Lockheed Martin, a member of the ARRL and the CTDXCC (Central Texas DX & Contest Club). My PSK31 070 Club number is #612 and the 30 Meter Digital Group #394. I even have an old 10-10 #27820.
In 2006 I completed training with the American Red Cross and became a volunteer Operator/Driver of an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV). The awsome ECRV was ham magnet; however, the Red Cross retired the ECRV's in 2013 to keep up with technoogy.
I 100% QSL all direct cards and upload all QSO's to the ARRL's LoTW. Sorry, no eQSL or Bureau cards. My other time/money waster is a Black C6 (6th generation) Corvette equipped with a Yaesu FT-8800 dual-bander with a stealth antenna.
TNX for reading
73, Dick AA5VU
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