I am a retired Senior Electrical Engineer from Caterpillar Inc. My current stint is a Senior Project Engineer at Manufacturing Maintenance Solutions in Pekin Il where I serve as a Training Instructor and Electrical Engineer as needed.
My station antenna has recently been upgraded to a US Tower HDX 589 with a Steppir Dream Beam 36, 6 Meter through 80 Meter Beam. Four active elements make this a great antenna. Antenna is coupled to the mast with an NN4ZZ Tilt-Plate that keeps the antenna parallel to the ground as the tower is tilted back to ground level for service. Rotor is an M2 2800 with a Green Heron Point and Shoot Controller. The Alpha 87A Amp is a nice addition to any shack and made operating this console lots of fun during contests.
The rig here is a Elecraft K3 connected to the computer with a MicroHam MicroKeyer II, an LP-100A Wattmeter and an Array solutions Six Pack allowing me to select any of six antennas to either of my two radios. The second station here is a Icom IC-9100 with a MicroHam DigiKeyer II. PSK-31 used to be my favorite mode for favorite mode for DX until I discovered the thrill of RTTY contesting in the CQ WPX.
I just started contesting a couple of years ago and got a serious bug after working CQ WPX. It was right after this contest that I discovered that contesters will upload their logs to LoTW. This type of response got me interested in getting an electronic WAS and DXCC.
Contesting also got me interested in CW and RTTY. My skills are lacking with these modes but I am improving. Knowing Morse Code and using it are totally different. After 30 years of activity, I decided to use CW while listening to the ARRL SS for 6 straight hours. Once I got the rhythm of the sending station, I sent my callsign via an N1MM macro. I think I peed my pants when the station responded.
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