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I've been  a licensed ham since 1989 when I recieved KB5ILS as my first call. The same day I received my ticket, my then 12 year old son Michael received KB5ILT. We were subsequently AB5EA and AB5EB as extras. I, however, opted for a vanity call and Michael remains AB5EB.

I am #1 DXCC Honor and I have over 1,030 IOTA Islands confirmed. Most recently I have begun enjoying the Summits on the Air (SOTA), www.sota.org.uk,  both as an activator and a chaser. SOTA combines my love for the mountains and the challenge of portable QRP operation.

I am primarily a CW operator, spending 90% of my time on that mode, working SSB on occasion if necessary to work a new one of whatever I'm chasing. I run an Elecraft K3 and a Yaesu VL-1000 amplifier into a Log Periodic on 20m-10m and wires on the low bands, all mounted on a 55 foot tower. I love my Begali Strativarius paddle.

I also enjoy QRP. I have a KX3, FT-817 and the ATS4 CW only rig designed by KD1JV. When activating summits for the SOTA program, the length of the hike and the elevation determine which rig I take. The ATS4 weighs only 6 oz, so it's the choice ont the more difficult hikes. I write a blog about my SOTA and QRP experiences at ad5aradio.blogspot.com .

I also have a station near Rocksprings, TX, so if you hear me on 6m listen to the grid closely. When there I am in EM00.

I am also a guitarist in the No Refund Band, norefundband.com. We released our first record internationally in September of 2012 and the second is expected out the summer of 2014. You can check out our sound on our website or on iTunes

 

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