My introduction to ham radio was when my Dad assembled his first shack in my boyhood bedroom. I remember enjoying falling asleep to the sound of his good CW fist developed when he was a WWII shipboard Navy radioman. Although interested, I never had the persistence to get over the code hurdle. After I retired, Lew (K7GO) gently nudged me to getting licensed and I did so in 2005 including the code test.
I spent the first few years only working QRP Foxhunts (www.qrpfoxhunt.org) with a wire dipole. I added a K4KIO hexbeam in 2011 and discovered DXing. I joined the Potomac Valley Radio Club (www.pvrc.org) in 2012 (another K7GO nudge) and my operating time went through the roof with contesting and DXCC pursuits. I've made many friends through the club and have learned a lot both technically and operationally. Great bunch! I still enjoy the QRP Foxhunts.
My current rig is comprised of the Elecraft K3s/P3/KPA500/KAT500 combo into a DB18e Steppir at 60ft to cover 40m thru 10m. A separate 6M antenna (6M7) is mounted above. I also have a 1/4 wave wire vertical for 80m and a 67' x 67' wire inverted L for 160m, each with their own modest radial fields. Tom, K3AJ, has been an enormous help in getting my antennas selected and in place. For better receiving on low bands I have three HI-Z vertical elements arranged as two 2 element RX arrays. I enjoy using DXLabs as my general logger and N1MM+ for contesting.
I'm currently at DXCC 313 entities confirmed (314 included deleted) and have DXCC on 160m thru 10m. In addition PVRC has a great contesting award program which I enjoy pursuing in CW, RTTY and even SSB modes.
Now focused on improving my CW abilities, contesting, continued pursuit of ATNOs, and DXCC on 6m including 6M EME.
LOTW is preferred for QSL.
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