Hello, and thanks for stopping by my page!
I am a life-long (well, at least since the early 1960's) radio enthusiast and Short Wave DXer/SWL who finally, at age 58, decided to take the plunge and get invloved with Amateur Radio. I was awarded my Technician license (KD2BSW) in mid-March, 2012, and the General Class ticket followed about 3 weeks later. The Amateur Extra license is, hopefully, just down the road.
My passion is chasing DX and QSOing with old friends (and I mean guys I knew 40 years ago as a teenager on Long Island, NY on 11 meters), but I also enjoy a good ragchew from time to time.
When I'm not in front of my rig, trimming the garden ("mowing the lawn" for you stateside ops) or cooking in the kitchen, you can find me at the controls of an Airbus A319, A320 or A321 (see picture at top of page) as a commercial airline pilot in the service of U-S Airways, soon to be American Airlines. I enjoy working Aeronautical Mobile contacts on the longer routes.
The station here at the QTH consists of a Yaesu FT-950 feeding, through an MFJ-993B transmatch, a 130 foot-long dipole at 35 feet as well as a multi-band Alpha-Delta DX-EE dipole antenna, flat top, mounted in the loft ("attic", again for those of you stateside HI HI). A dedicated dipole for 6 meters is in the loft as well. I operate 75 through 6 meters, barefoot, with only around 100 Watts output, so just about anyone, anywhere and at anytime is DX! I also use a Watkins-Johnson HF-1000 (by far the best commercially available receiver I've ever used) for LW/MW/SW DXing and an ICOM IC-R7000 for monitoring VHF/UHF comms.
A sincere "Thank You" to all the wonderful Hams with whom I've been in contact, and to those of you with whom I haven't yet worked: I look forward to our QSO's!
From the Capital District here in the State of New York, USA, I wish you all the best of band conditions and gud DX!
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