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Station equipment: Kenwood TS-2000, Kenwood TS-570S, and Kenwood TS-940S transceivers with the Kenwood 922A linear. Signalink-USB for digital modes. HRD, DM780 version 6. I mainly run the TS-2000, occasionally switching over to the 570S. Currently running a 40m/20m/17m/15m home built inverted V fan dipole, 10m horizontal dipole, 6m j-pole, 2m j-pole(about to test), and a multi-band discone. 6m Yagi in the works. Good on LoTW and eQSL. More on my shack at KD0UHM blog.
My station is located at 6500ft(1981.2m) asl in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Royal Gorge area, about 45 miles SW of Colorado Springs. Grid DM78hm. I have several mountains which rise above my location to the North East and due East. The surrounding visual horizon averages about 18º above actual. This is a high desert ecology with Piñon and Juniper dominating the landscape. We have a healthy population of cholla and prickly pear cactus too. Black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, western diamond back rattlesnake, white tail, and mule deer frequent the area.
I grew up around HAM radio with my Grandfather,silent key WA8OBJ, being heavily involved. He was an avid and accomplished DX'er.
I got my start in radio with the U.S. Army as a 31K, or combat signaler. Trained at Fort Gordon. Operated SINCGARS. SINCGARS uses 25kHz channels in the VHF FM band, from 30 to 87.975 MHz. It has single-frequency and frequency hopping modes. The frequency-hopping mode hops 110 times a second.
I operate Lost Paddle Rafting in Colorado on The Arkansas River, Royal Gorge. The Arkansas River is ~1500 miles(2414km) in length with about 110 miles of it offering world class whitewater. We run anything from class II up to class V, and we offer trips from 1/2 day to 4 nights/5 days camping out along the river the whole way. See more at Whitewater Rafting Colorado
My other pursuits include rock climbing(my first love), snowboarding, kayaking(occasionally), mountain biking, and just being outside in the mountains!
I also enjoy astronomy and astrophotography. I am fortunate enough to live in a dark sky location and tend to focus on DSO's.
Below is a pic I took of the 2012 transit of Venus back in June. One of the very few solar shots I've taken.
My astroimaging blog http://stellar-imaging.blogspot.com
73's from The Rocky Mountains, Jim
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