As of August 2010 my new QTH is Elberta, Alabama - Baldwin County - Grid Square EM60
I am glad to QSL via buro, direct, LOTW and EQSL. I have been behind in returning buro QSL's but as of January 2014, all QSL's have been replied to.
The rig pictured below is a home brew project based upon the Norcal Sierra design by Wayne Burdick, N6KR that is featured in several years of the ARRL Handbook. Wayne is one of the designers of the Elecraft K2 and this is one of its precursors. It is available on the market as a kit. Bare circuit boards are also available. I chose to etch my own board and drill all the holes as a challenge. Also in the picture is a power amplifier based upon another ARRL Handbook article by WA2EBY. It is run at 12 volts and produces an average of 12 watts output. I topped the project off with a digital readout, the FCC1 kit from the Norcal QRP club. Enclosures were purchased from Ten-Tec. All in all it represents two full winters of work, as it was set aside during the summer when outdoor work and activities called.
My other rig is an Icom IC746PRO. Currently my only antenna is a Hustler 6 band trap vertical.
I was first licensed in November of 1979 at the age of 15 and from my first contact I have loved CW. After graduating High School I started work as a Radio Technician with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. I thoroughly enjoyed the work but I heard the calling of the sea and worked for twelve years as a Radio Officer aboard merchant ships from 1986 to 1998 when the international requirements for the use of morse code by a licensed Radio Officer were lifted. I was fortunate enough to get paid for working CW and was able to visit 42 countries. After that I worked nine years for a large electric utility as an electronic technician maintaining trunked radio sites, mobile radios and mobile data computers. I spent some time working as a flight simulator technician for a Navy contractor. I currently work as an electronics technician aboard the petroleum production platform pictured below.
Pictured below is the beachfront area of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama. The bridge is over the Perdido Pass and bottom center is Ono Island. My QTH is 6 miles inland from this location.
Below is a view of the intra coastal waterway through Gulf Shores.
I am active from time to time on the amateur satellites AO-7, SO-50, AO-51, VO-52 and now HO-68 on 144 and 435 Mhz. I operate mostly CW on HF but also enjoy RTTY and PSK31.
I worked moonbounce for three seasons with my late friend, Steve KA1VHF / KA8IFC. We had a small EME array, two 17 element yagis on 2 meters with a kilowatt 8877 amp. As my ham shack becomes more organized, I hope to get back on EME.
Thanks for checking out my QRZ page. I hope to talk with you on the ham bands.
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