I have been involved with ham radio since 1973. Previous calls were KD5VU, KD4YC, N7AET, WB7SHW and WT7AAN.
My current radio interests are RTTY DXing, limited contesting and I am active chaser in the ARRL’s 2016 National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) with over 408 park units confirmed on LoTW. I enjoyed participation in the 2014 Centennial QSO Party and had fun operating as one of the W1AW/5 stations. Been there done that with the DXCC for RTTY, CW, Phone and Mixed with over 321 confirmed; the ARRL 2014 W1AW/P QSO Party as #102 world wide and #9 in Texas, the ARRL Triple play #122, 5BWAS #544; RTTY WAS #54, CW and Phone WAS, HF Packet WAS #5, 12 Meter WAS #6, 17 Meter WAS and 160 Meter WAS #295.
The setup at AA5VU is a Kenwood TS-590SG 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 running OS X 10.12 (Sierra). For RTTY and other digital modes I use fldigi by W1HKJ with Aether for logging and uploads to LoTW. I do own and sometimes use an Ameritron AL-80B amplifier.
I am a native Texan from Dallas, a graduate of North Texas State University, ex 1st LT, USAF and retired from Lockheed Martin. I am 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. I have been driving Corvettes since 1981 (C3, C4, C5 and currently a C6).
TNX for reading
73, Dick AA5VU
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