I was active duty US Navy for 20 years (1984-2004).It was my job to troubleshoot, repair and configure various WAN's, verify their Information Assurance posture and provide radio frequency links to connect the ship to the shore.
For those of you familiar with Navy parlance, I was an ITCS (formerly known as Radioman or RM for short).
Somehow in my Navy career I managed to visit over 15 countries in four continents, sail three oceans and see some very interesting things. Would I do it again? Absolutely.
I currently work for a large entity in the communication / information assurance field.
My fascination with amateur radio and scanning probably started when I was very young, listening to my Grandfather(W9IRA, SK) talk on his radio. When I joined the military in 1984, communication duties further tweaked my interest.
Please contact me if you want to arrange a SKED.
Eight Band DXCC (8BDXCC) #7645 (with endoresments for 12, 17 and 30 meters) March 2013.
ARRL A-1 Operator award February 13, 2013
Eight Band Worked All States (8BWAS) #3,027 (with endorsements for 12, 17 and 30 Meters) January 2012.
Worked All States (WAS) on 40 Meters using MFSK-16 August 2011. ARRL does not number these types of WAS, I suspect I am the first to do so with MFSK-16.
Islands On The Air 100(IOTA-100) Mixed #3291 July 2011
Triple Play Award (TPA): #362 January 2010
DX Century Club (DXCC) Mixed: #43,509 Feb 2010
Worked All Continents (WAC) Mixed: April 2010
Worked All States (WAS) Basic: #53,878 July 2009
My first HF DX QSL on LOTW: September 27th, 2008. TF8GX 20 Meters SSB.
My first HF DX QSO: September 3rd, 2008. IK2DIA 20 Meters SSB.
My first HF QSO as an amateur: August 30th, 2008. AI4QT 40 Meters SSB.
Radios: Kenwood TS-590S, 100 watts available
ICOM-7200, 100 Watts available.
Primary Antenna: DX Engineering 43 Foot vertical with SGC 230 external tuner
Secondary Antenna: G5RV at 35 feet with MFJ 994B.
I am often asked about my vertical antenna. Here are the particulars:
I have posted a video clip of it on You Tube. Search for DX Engineering Vertical Antenna.
It’s manufactured by DX Engineering: http://www.dxengineering.com/. If you search for 43 foot Multiband Vertical/Remote Tuner Package or merely “DXE-MBVE-1-3ATP” you should find it. In addition to the antenna, Ipurchased the DX Engineering stainless steel radial plate (DXE-RADP-1P). I highly recommend their radial plate, whether using DX Engineering’s antenna, a competitor or your own homebrew variant. It’s well worth the money. The SGC 230 tuner fits on the mount very nicely. There are approximately thirty radials, each 35 feet in length. I do not use guys on the antenna and it holds up very well in strong winds. If you are concerned about high winds or lightening, it is very quick and easy for one person to lie the antenna down on a sawhorse. It takes one person approximately five minutes to accomplish this.
How well does it work? If your measure of success is ability to contact distant DX, I recently completed 8BDXCC with this antenna (including Australia, Japan and Guam.) I have never owned an amplifier – these contacts were made with ~ 40 watts.
It tunes very well on 10 through160 meters using the SGC 230 tuner.
Tips regarding installation of the DX Engineering 43 foot vertical:
One person can assemble this antenna – but it is much easier with two.
Make sure there is an open path (no trees, bushes, etc in the way) to lie the antenna down when desired.
There is a lot of excellent information available on vertical antennas. Research. Read it. Understand it. Learn for yourself. Don’t listen to the vertical antenna curmudgeons (they don’t work, poor radiators, blah, blah, blah). I recommend the ARRL’s “Vertical Antenna Classics” and “More Vertical Antenna Classics”.
I QSL 100% VIA LOTW, Direct, Bureau (or, if you insist, E-QSL).
I strongly prefer to use Logbook Of The World and normally upload all QSO's daily. I do, however, still enjoy paper QSL cards as well.
- I can QSL via bureau, but prefer not to. Please use direct or LoTW if at all possible.
- I'd rather not utilize eqsl.cc. However, as a courtesy to other stations, I am "AG" on that site and I do upload my log on a periodic basis.
USA: Send your card with >stamped< addressed envelope, I will return a card to you. Unless previously agreed to; no envelope or no stamp: I will not mail a card to you.
DX: I will QSL direct with DX stations if you include a self addressed envelope and one paper unit of currency (amount is not important; I am just collecting foreign monies). No IRC please.
DX (원거리) 아마추어 무선국은 회신용 봉투 하고 자기나라 지폐 한매 보내주시면 내QSL 카드를 돌아보냅니다 (화폐 단위가 상관 없음; 다만 외국 돈을 수집하는것). 국제 답신 우표권 (IRC) 보내지마십시요
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