CELEBRATING 53 YEARS AS A HAM OPERATOR - 1962 / 2015
I was first licensed as WN6FPT in 1962, after being mentored by our ham radio mailman, "Dingo Joe", WA6BNI (now SK). My first rig was a Globe Scout 65-A transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX-111 receiver into a homebrew 40 Meter dipole, and later as General Class licensee, WB6FPT, used a Hallicrafters SR-160, a Collins KWM-2 and a Kenwood TS-140S over the years. I also did VHF/UHF repeater work in the Los Angeles basin on the 144/220/440 MHz bands from 1970s to 1990s.
My current HF radio is a Yaesu FT-2000D, driving an Ameritron ALS-600 solid state linear when more power is needed. The output is matched using a LDG AT-600 PROII autotuner into a K4KIO six band (20,17, 15, 12, 10,6m) hex beam at 30 feet, a ZeroFive Antennas HOA 27, 27 foot, 10-40 meter multiband vertical, or a Maple Leaf Antennas QSO King 185 foot longwire on 160-30m. On the digimodes, I use a microHam microKeyer II interface. The dedicated computer for digital is an HP-Compaq 7800, Intel Core 2 Duo, running Windows 7-Pro, 64 bit. Also, I have an RF Space SDRIQ, that I am using with SDR Console. On VHF/UHF, the radio is a Yaesu FT-857D into a 2m/70cm dual band vertical at 25 feet. Recently, I added a Baofeng UV82L to my equipment so I could have an HT for emergency use and DCS on 2m and 70cm.
My initial interest in getting back on the low bands in 2004 was 40 Meter CW on the low end of the band in the late evenings/very early mornings Pacific Time. I also do some SSB on either the 80, 40 or 20 Meter bands. More recently in 2012, working towards a WAS award, I became active on the OM International Sideband Society Net on 7.185 MHz, OMISS #8186, as well as on the Triple H Net on 7.190 MHz. As of January 2013, I started running PSK31 and Olivia digital on 80-10 meters, using HRD-DM780. I have also been working digimodes JT65 and JT9 using WSJT-X. I am a member of the Straight Key Century Club #11762, 30 Meter Digital Group #6560, Feld Hell #4652, 10-10 International #77238, and the European Phase Shifting Club #22159. As of January 2014, I started dabbling in Domino, MFSK, RTTY, and even back to some CW. In summer 2014, I started to take an interest in contesting, however not a serious contester. The latest, summer of 2015, my concentration is almost exclusively CW, trying to get my receive speed up and to learn how to properly send using a Vibroplex Vibrokeyer single paddle keyer.
All contacts are automatically uploaded from HRD to eQSL.cc and HRDLog.net. Normally, I upload to LOTW at the end of my operating day.
My faithful companion, Leia (the Doberwoman), in the radio room frequently during the last months of her life is shown below right. Her love was unconditional; this dog went to heaven.
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