I've been a ham since 1988 at the age of 13. My science teacher taught an after school ham radio class. By 1989 I was an extra class ham. Over the years I was mostly active with a few years where I didn't have a station due to living someplace I could not get a decent antenna up. In recent years I'm on the air almost every day.
Some of my interests in Ham Radio include CW, QRP, building radios, operating portable QRP, vintage radios, low earth orbit satellites, digital modes (rtty, hellschreiber, sstv, jt-65, psk-31), chasing DX (8BDXCC, WAZ, Challenge & 307 entities), D-Star, 6 meters, building antennas, and my latest project - moonbounce on 23 cm. I'm always looking at new things to try in the hobby.
My wife and I bought our first home a few years ago so I've been enjoying having outdoor antennas again. Antennas here are 102ft dipole with 600 ohm feedline up about 60-70 feet, M2 3el 6m yagi on the roof, and a 1/4 wave 2m/70cm vertical at the peak of the roof. Currently adding a 10 foot dish for 23cm EME (See updated progress shots below!).
Hope to see you on the air!
This is the current shack photo (above)
This was my 2m EME setup (above). I had it setup at a friends house (it would not fit in my yard). I was QRV in 2012. 1kw via 8877 amp on the right on cw and jt-65b.
This was my 2m EME array from 2012 (above). 4 x 9el yagis (yu7ef design) that I built. My friend Andy WA2DKJ loaned the tower and provided much help in getting everything up. Also a thanks to Bob, ZL1RS who provided much help via email for the array construction
Here are some progress shots from my 23cm EME project as of 4/4/2015. Clockwise from top left, is the 10foot dish I picked up (right before I dismantled it to bring it home). Next pic is my workbench lashup for the elevation actuator and dish frame so that I can work with the controllers/encoders. The next pic is the homebrew 23cm cavity amp I recently obtained, it should put out 400w. The next pic shows the tower, dish frame, mast and bearing. Lastly, another shot of the tower, custom made plates and bearings. Next steps will be to complete the azimuth bracketry and testing the w2drz az/el controller. I'll be digging / pouring concrete in 5/2015. Still lots of things to do, but making slow and steady progress. Thanks to Rob N2VWP, Bob N2SJJ for their help with the metal bracketry work as well as Andy WA2DKJ & all of the EME community out there for their help.
Pixie II transceiver (above). I've made exactly 1 QSO with it so far. Building QRP rigs and putting them on the air is a lot of fun.
My wife Kieran (KC2TOP), my daughter Bridget and myself, taken Dec 2014
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