Greetings! The name here is Greg. I got my Tech license in March of 2009, and upgraded to General in January of 2010.
My base HF radio is a custom-painted Icom IC-7200.
My portable HF rig is an Icom IC-703+, with a Yaesu FT-8800R beside it for VHF/UHF in an Emergency Communications Box I made.
The main HF antennas are:
#1 - ground mounted S9v43 Vertical
#2 - homebrewed Carolina Windom 40' up in the trees behind our home
#3 - 132' wire NVIS laying on top of our 6' wooden privacy fence in the back yard.
The main VHF/UHF antenna is a Diamond X50NA about 25' above ground level in our attic.
The portable HF antenna at this time is a 50' 26awg random wire sloping up to a 20' crappie pole with the 50' counterpoise on the ground beneath it.
The portable HF antenna is fed into a homebrewed UnUn and then to the IC-703's built-in antenna tuner.
My 10 year old daughter, 12 year old son, and I learned Morse Code together.
Lately, I've been using the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, WSPR (pronounced "whisper") on 20m and 30m with domestic and intercontinental contacts made using less than 1 watt!
WSPR contact on 20m with DH5RAE in Germany.
73 and hope to catch you on the air soon!
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