I am fortunate to have been elmered by an experienced operator who taught me the 'ins and the outs' of the hobby. I operate strictly CW. I made the switch about 20 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 and am currently using 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 and a 6 - 20 Meter HexBeam 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 am from the old school and believe HAM operators should be courteous and helpful on the air. I am a member of CWops and volunteer as an instructor in the CWops CW Academy program 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. If you hear me give me a shout!
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 RUMLOG 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. My other hobbies include Photography, Chess, Backgammon, and doing all kinds of logic puzzles.
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