I received my first ticket (Novice), KN7HIL, in February 1959, followed by my General class license, K7HIL, a few months later, which I have held ever since. The temptation to get a vanity call after owning this one for 45 years quickly passed when I got my Extra in June of 2005.
I am a VE with the Laurel Group and belong to both the Catalina Radio Club and the Radio Society of Tucson.
My current station: an ICOM IC-7800 driving an SPE Expert 2K-FA automatic legal limit amplifier. I use a Icom 706 MK-IIG for mobile/portable/VHF and UHF operations. I have a trusty TenTec Eagle as a back-up / second rig and a fairly complete set of test equipment. The antenna system is made up of two elements on top of a TX-455, 55 foot, tower: A 4 element SteppIR Yagi and a fan dipole or "maypole". The maypole consists of a 160M/60M (trapped), a 75M (CW) and finally an 80M (SSB) dipole. A Palstar HF-Auto tuner is used on 160m/75m/80m/60m. My standby antenna is a Hustler 5BTV vertical just in case.
I retired in 2010 as a Senior Fellow at a major aerospace company. My work included the design and integration of navigation systems (typically GPS/INS).
I share a couple of acres at the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in NE Tucson with my wife Barbara and our Schnauzer, Blaze. Update: Saddly Blaze was struck by a car and killed in June of 2016. We now have a new Schnauzer puppy named Farley, who at 5 months, is still driving us crazy!
The pix below shows the shack as of the end of December, 2015.
Lately taken up the "sub"-hobby of frequency measurement and have participated in the past few ARRL FMTs. A great challenge, requires both technical and artistic participation - give it a try!. The picture below shows the monitored screens during a typical FMT exercise (shack in a previous location).
Antenna system shown below
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