I spent a 24-year career as a US Air Force officer and a pilot/instructor in KC-135s, T-38s and B-52s. I enjoyed it greatly and think back on it fondly. I was also lucky enough to spend 8 years as a stay-home parent following my military service and flying days. I got to do it all - diapers, school, lunches, laundry and housecleaning for my three younger children. Wouldn't have traded that opportunity for anything. More recently, I have been working in the software development area as a manager for the last 15 years on several government contracts.
Even though I got my BS in Electrical Engineering in 1973 from the US Air Force Academy, flying airplanes was a great distraction and it wasn't until 1994 and after I left military service that I finally got my license. I dabbled mostly in VHF/UHF activity, to include digital modes, until catching the SSB/HF bug in 2003. I have been enjoying that part of the hobby almost exclusively, though I do still have a dual-band VHF/UHF mobile in my car and an old VHF packet station on the air locally.
For my SSB/HF station, I use an Icom IC-718 barefoot at home with an Icom AH-4 autotuner and assorted wire antennas supported by Hackberry trees or a 31' vertical in an S-9 fiberglass pole. During thunderstorm season, a 20-meter dipole in the attic is used with an MFJ-949E tuner.
I also enjoy operating portable when camping, traveling, etc. where I use an Icom IC-706Mk2G, an AH-4 autotuner and either vehicle battery, solar panels/battery, portable Honda generator or commercial power. My antenna is usually a wire pulled up by black dacron cord over convenient trees, tents, bushes or lamp poles.
Lately, I have done a bit of work with Remote-Rig using an IC-706Mk2 in a split fashion with radio body and wire antenna in Nebraska and head, mic, and controls in various places. To be sure, a LAN connection works really well and allows me to work from different spots in the house, while over the internet I experience some lag and breakup of the audio signal. Yet another interesting facet of the hobby.
I have also been known to operate a bicycle mobile station with the IC-706Mk2, autotuner and a stainless steel whip antenna on the luggage rack. I don't spend much time on the road, rather confining myself to neighborhood streets or dedicated bike trails. I've had contacts on 15 through 40 meters with stations in Azores, Colombia, Cuba, France, Honduras, Martinique, Slovakia, Slovenia, Trinidad & Tobago and the US, to include an air mobile! I hope to work bike to bike when the opportunity presents itself.
Hope to share a QSO with you soon.
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