It is over 3 years since my gastric bypass and I have felt like a new person. It is marvelous to not have to deal with diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. I have energy and can do more now then when I was 35. It has also been 3 years since my grandson was born and I cannot believe how fast this past 3 years has flown by. He is my love and my heart.
I grew up in Terre Haute, IN and graduated from North Vigo High School where I was one of the original members of the North Vigo Ham Club. I am an active mobil hf operator as I spend a great deal of my time in my 2010 Honda Element travelling all over the country working on packaging machinery and automation control systems. I enjoy cw operation more and more and am trying to get my speed back up after so many years away from the key. I am over 15 in my head and about 20 with pen and paper. My setup in my car is a Yaesu FT857D running barefoot into one of two antenna systems on my car. A 3magnet base with a ATAS120 screwdriver from Yaesu which matches up perfectly with my 857. A ball mount on the side of the vehicle for a set of full length hamstick knock offs from a company called Shark. I like these antennas alot. They talk very well. I also had a Yaesu FTM350AR for 2m and 440 with APRS running all the time but have recently upgraded to the FTM400dr and moved my 350 into the house. The 400 is very nice and gives me the digital mode also which is incredible.
My setup at home is a Yaesu FTDX3000 and a Heathkit SB200 amplifier. The antennas at home are a Hygain 5BTV vertical ground mounted with a cattle panel ground plane and a G5RV up about 25 feet. Last year I added a HexBeam that is a homebrew knockoff of the K4KIO and man is that ever a great antenna.I have it mounted on a tripod on the peak of the roof and a tv rotor from Radio Shack. Up about 28ft I guess and I have worked the world on it. The addition of a dual band 80/40 fan dipole has helped my signal on those bands as well. I really love the FTDX3000. What a great transceiver. I have setup another station at my work where I have a quonset shaped building and currently have a Tarheel screwdriver with ground plane on the roof at about 25 feet or so.It works well and will get me through the winter until I can get a couple of towers and better fixed location antennas up. Maybe another HexBeam. That is where my FT450 moved and is still serving me well. I am still enjoying the digital communications and am enjoying PSK31 and JT65 and have made several contacts on both. I have also added a Flex 1500 for SDR and am having some fun with that little rig too.
Well, all for now. Hope to see you around the bands. 73, George
My first grandchild - Jarek came in at 6lbs 10oz and is a real bundle of joy. He is 3 years old now and giving grandpa a world of joy... what a bundle of energy and already showing interests in Papa's favorite hobby.
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