I first got into Amateur Radio back in Germany in the mid 80's. The bbs scene, the Internet and other things
came along and so playing with radios fell by the wayside. Got back into the hobby in April 2011 and having fun with
many different aspects of the hobby.
Shack update for 2016:
Shack in 2015
I'm currently QRV from 80m - 6m, and mostly active on CW & RTTY. Sometimes I pull out a microphone for contests or the occasional repeater contact.
Current radios are TS-590sg and FT-1000MP paired with an AL-811h amplifier. For 2m/70cm APRS IGate and
sometimes repeater contacts a TM-V71A connected to a Raspberry Pi + TNC-Pi.
Antennas consist of:
- Homebrew 80m delta loop/ skywire at ~100ft.
- AV-640 vertical (40m - 6m)
- 4 element yagi for 6m
- TH-3JRS 3 element beam for 10, 15, and 20 meters
- Vertical for 2m/70cm
For me, amateur radio is about building, making, experimenting and staying on top of new technologies while also
understanding present and previous ones. The best smell in the shack is that of melted solder.
I also like to build and am always trying to find new uses for the Arduinos lying around on the bench and see how to
combine different communication mediums like the Internet and radio to build greater things. It's all about convergence.
I'm not a big fan of the curmudgeons who still live in the past and think radio has to be isolated. It's the 21st century, not 1913. Let's move forward.
When time allows I try to update one of my blogs with my ham radio and other shennanigans at http://www.creative-chaos.com
Did I mention that I love to receive real QSL cards? All contacts are also uploaded to LoTW which is simple to setup and easy to use so that others can get quick confirmation for contacts they may need for awards.
NAQCC Member #5993 www.naqcc.info
SKCC Member #9409T http://www.skccgroup.com/
TEN-TEN Member #76093 www.ten-ten.org
The Amateur's Code
The Amateur is Considerate... He never knowingly uses the air in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
The Amateur is Loyal... He offers his loyalty, encouragement and support to his fellow radio amateurs, his local club and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio is represented.
The Amateur is Progressive... He keeps his station abreast of science. It is well built and efficient. His operating practice is above reproach.
The Amateur is Friendly... Slow and patient sending when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others; these are the marks of the amateur spirit.
The Amateur is Balanced... Radio is his hobby. He never allows it to interfere with any of the duties he owes to his home, his job, his school, or his community.
The Amateur is Patriotic... His knowledge and his station are always ready for the service of his country and his community.
DX Code Of Conduct
- I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
- I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
- I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.
- I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
- I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
- I will always send my full call sign.
- I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
- I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
- I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
- I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
- When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
- I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
- I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself as to earn their respect.
Hear or see you on the air soon.