Licensed since 1992 as KD6QBQ then upgraded to extra a few months later and received my new callsign AB6YO. I had a few callsign changes due to moving to new call districts (AB7YO, AL1V, K7MGR). Now I am NG7W and holding on to it unless I move again (no plans on that! I love Washington state!)
My elmers were Bill Fleming N6WPG (SK) and Jim McCauley AB6EU (SK). I started out as a shortwave listener (I still am!) and then got bit by the amateur bug when I was 12. I am still to this day in mourning of all the great shortwave stations that have gone off the air in the past 15 years or so. There is more to SWLing than broadcast stations. I am always trying to find and figure out utility stations.
I was heavily involved in local 2-meter packet as well as 2-meter voice. I ran a local Packet BBS (MSYS) in the San Joaquin Valley that offered NASA bulletins, Keplerian elements, and satellite/shuttle tracking passes for the area. Then the internet took over taking casual VHF packet out of regular service.
Thanks to my late elmer Jim AB6EU, I got involved as a net control station for Northern California's 2-meter NTS net in the mid-1990s. Perhaps I'll get back into traffic handling some day.
Some of my best amateur radio memories were working the MIR space station and attempting to work the SAREX space shuttle missions. Working the Russian MIR space station with a 5-watt packet setup was just the most exciting thing a teenager could do.
When I'm not on the air, I can be found either working as a cardiac ultrasound technologist or traveling somewhere exotic to try new food. I studied piano in college and although I don't play anymore, I am an avid classical music lover and I do like going to the opera and symphony every so often. I am also the humble servant of 3 felines that allow me to reside in their house.
I have new fancy QSL cards being made for contacts made at my Camano Island QTH. These may not arrive to me until at least November 2016. All other contacts will receive my older QSL cards.
My main rig is the Kenwood TS-590SG with a microHAM microKEYER II. My favorite band is 20 meters, but I also like to work the WARC bands for some casual ragchewing. Light contesting is also fun (search and pounce handing out points). I enjoy keeping up with the new technologies and modes coming out for amateur radio, but I certainly love the classics -- especially CW and RTTY. You can catch me most Wednesday evenings during the CWT activities put on by the CW Operator's Club.
I am most active on CW, RTTY, PSK31, and JT65. I've found WSPR a great "beaconing" mode for checking out propagation.
Off the air, I am an advisor for CWops CW Academy, which is an excellent course in learning Morse Code.
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