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My name is Pavel Milanes Costa, I am from the "Algarrobo" village in Florida, Camaguey in the Cuba Island. I started in the radio back in 1997 when I was in the highschool with the help of Amaury (former CO7OC) and a colleague called Elixander Valladares (former CO7HU now AC7HU) .

I was first license in July of 1998, as CL7WT (third category, novice) after battling with valve radios and homebrewed an ISLANDER, (local design of a Direct Conversion RX radio and DSB TX, with 50 W into a wire dipole for 40m, all valve but the VFO) I worked several countries in DSB to my pleasure

Get into College in 1998 and in the midst of studies have little time for the radio, even so I push me into the second grade exams and approve back in 2001 (improved my call to CM7WT, advanced class), then continued in college studying of Industrial Engineering and graduated in 2004, since then I have returned to the radio in a more active manner, in 2008 I presented to the first class exam and get it, I'm now CO7WT (first class license)

My shack composed of the Fallowing Radios:

  • FT-747GX in Good Shape Thanks to AC7HU Donation. "Muchas Gracias Alex!!!"
  • Hand held FT-23R for 2m
  • Hand held Baofeng UV-5R for 2m/70cm
  • Base Alinco DR-130 for 2m
  • Base Kenwood commercial TK-760GH for 2m (Dedicated to the HiSpeed Packet link on my city)
  • Alinco DR-M03SX for 10m USA repeaters (FM)
  • 2m/HF Hombrew downconverter for Satellite RX in 2m band
  • FT-80C (a commercial version of the FT-747GX, QRT at feb-2012)
  • Vertex FTL-1011 for 6m FM

My antenna was a simple wire dipole for 40m in the ISLANDER time, but with the all hf bands FT-747GX I buided a T2FD for 40m and up, that was ripped of by a hurricane (2009), now (2012) I have only a clasic multiband "Doublet", that is no more than a 1/2 Lambda dipole for 40m in inverted V configuration feeded with a hombrew 450 ohms open line and a homebrew antenna tuner.

My Radios

My interests in radio are Digital and DX Activities, I'm member of EPC and 30MDG, and all related to GNU/Linux environments, I'm the SYSOP for a local packet radio BBS in VHF in the Camagüey City (CO9JAZ) in 144.970 Mhz running Debian GNU/Linux in the modes 1200 + 4800 AFSK and 9600 FSK.

EPC Membership

30MDG Membership

I have participated in some local DX activities, like the activation of T47C in commemoration of the 6th Congress of our National Ham Radio Association (FRC, www.frcuba.co.cu).

Left to right CO7WT (me, dirt in my shirt becouse I was just climbed a mast to put a YA-30 Antenna for the event), CO7GG Gerry, CM7RAC Ramón, CL7MPM, and Josue CO7RR.

Contest is also worked when time let my, I use to participate in the EPC series, in 2009 and 2010 I get this prizes:

EPC 2009 1st Place Cuba

In the last time I have traveled into the packet world... I'm now the SYSOP of CO9JAZ the Packet Radio Node of the City o Camaguey, my home town. You cand find it on the oir at 144.970 Mhz 4800/9600 bauds AFSK/FSK respectively using Ubuntu+soundmodem+libax25 and easypacket a software that you can find in Dave's pages

The main goal of easypacket is to make life easier for newbies in linux to configure the packet radio cleinte side.

I'm also the Technical Vice-Coordinator of the GROS (Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Satelitales) in Cuba, stablished officialy in march 3 of 2012.

Lately I have a distraction that keep me away for doing radio:

My little princes... Lisabel.

This is my little princess, Lisabel, just borned in the early hours of June 1st , 2011

This Photo is out of date Lisabel is 3 and half years now, but I have now another QRM on the way, Liam Marcos, he will arrive after march 8 of 2015.

That's all, 73, CU on the bands.

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