I operate a 100% CW station. I am fortunate to have been elmered by an experienced operator who taught me the 'ins and the outs' of the hobby. I operate in a curteous and respectful manner and encourage other operators to also lead by example.
I made the switch over to CW some years ago when I had a bad cold and sore throat. Since I couldn't talk into the mic I took up CW and have not looked back since!
I operate a modest station in Herndon, VA during the week and a more capable contesting station in Rhinebeck, NY on weekends. I currently use both the Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS590 radios. I like to experiment with antennas and at this time I am using a 10-40 Meter ground plane Vertical (Virginia) and a 6 - 20 Meter HexBeam (New York) as my main antennas. I also have a few wire antennas for the lower bands. I try and keep my power to only what is needed for the current band conditions. I have found that as my CW skills improve I am able to chase (and catch) quite a few rare DX stations. It's not so much the power as it is the timing. I have earned DXCC on 8 Bands - 10 Meters through 80 Meters - and just recently earned the 5 Band DXCC award after confirming my 100th DX station on 80 meters. This was all done using CW.
I am from the old school and believe HAM operators should be courteous, respectful and helpful on the air. I am a member of CWops and currently serve as the co-manager of the CWops CW Academy program as well as being one of the Advisors helping Hams learn CW and improve their skills. I find this very rewarding. I have met and become friends with many new Hams and have picked up much wisdom learning new techniques from more experienced Operators.
I also love to work DX and spend a fair amount of time on the lower CW parts of 20, 40, and 80 Meters in addition to 17 and 30. I enjoy rag-chewing and multiple contacts with the same station. You can usually hear me calling CQ around 7.035 +/- most evenings. If you want a little CW practice or just a friendly person to talk to then give me a call!
I work as a Network Engineer and am very comfortable setting up home networks, interfacing Ham equipment and various software using both Macs and PC's. I currently use the excellent RUMlogNG as my main logging program running on a Mac Air laptop.
I like vacationing in other countries and operating as a DXpedition. My most recent trip was to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands where I operated as KP2/AC4BT. I am planning to operate as AC4BT/6Y5 from Jamaica in the summer of 2015. My other hobbies include Photography, Chess, Backgammon, and doing all kinds of logic puzzles.
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