I was first licensed in 2005 in New Jersey as a Technician, and then upgraded to General in 2008 in Georgia. I really didn't start operating untill April 2009.I upgraded to Extra in Nov 2009 also in Georgia. I was interested in Ham Radio as a teenager, but never got a license. So I had a late start in this great hobby.
My main radio is a Elecraft K3 with a P3 panadapter.My antennas are a K4KIO Hexagonal Beam at 35 ft mounted on my chimney, a CarolinaWindom 80M Compact (6-80m) OCF folded Dipole with a vertical radiator which is at 60 ft and runs E-W. I also have a160M dipole at 35 ft that has one leg running E-W and one N-S. I use an LDG Z11 Pro Auto Tuner on the 160M dipole. I use a Heil GM5 desk mic and Ham Radio Deluxe and the HRD Logbook; and a micorHam Digikeyer II interface for Digital Modes. I have a Yaesu FT 7800 dual band (2M and 70cm) using a Diamond X200A vertical 1/4 wave dipole mounted in my attic. I use a T2 Open Tracker with the FT 7800 and it serves as a Digipeater and as an APRS iGate. My HT is a Icom ID-51A which I also use in my vehicle augmented, with a Mirage dual band amplifier and mag mount Diamond antenna, as my mobile rig. For CW I use Vibproplex Iambic Deluxe, or a J-38 straight key. My " Go Kit" radio is a Yaesu FT-450, a tripod mounted Hamstick rotatable dipole or a Carolina Windom 6-40M OCF dipole, signalink USB for digital modes, and 12v- three battery AGM kit.
My current interests are primaryly HF DX, improving my CW; and lots of digital modes including PSK-31, WSPR, JT65-HFand JT-9, RTTY and APRS. I enjoy contesting, particularly RTTY DX contests and sometimes get time to do FM LEO Satellites using a portable rig with an Arrow dual band antenna. I belong to ARRL, OMISS (6925), SKCC (6518). FISTS (15397), NAQCC(4703), QRP ARCI (14489) and my local club is the Coastal Amatuer Radio Society ( CARS) in Savannah, GA.
I prefer to QSL direct and will reply to all, SASE not requird. I reguarly upload to LOTW and eQSL; but don't often get to QRZ logbook entries.
I had a career in the US Navy for 30 years and retired in 1996. I served on six ships (an AKA or attack cargo ship; an AO or fleet oiler; two DDGs; a DD997 Spruance class destroyer and an Aegis crusier). Spent the other half of my time ashore, mostly in Washingtod DC. After the Navy I worked for Lockheed Martin in New Jersey and Washingotn DC, retiring in 2005.
My wife and I live about 20 minutes southeast of Savannah on Skidaway Island.
Look forward to meeting you and having a QSO, 73.
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