Please call me "Dutch".
I will submit contacts to LOTW on the first of every month.
I like to receive paper QSLs and SWL reports are appreciated and confirmed.
I was licensed in 1981 and have been an Extra since March of 1983.
I caught the radio bug in the 1950s while a grade schooler. One of my Dad's co-workers was a ham. I was mesmerized by the giant glowing Collins rigs on his operating desk and enjoyed hearing him talk to people all over the world.
I lived in the Ohio Valley and listened to AM broadcast radio on my battery powered Emerson
all transistor portable radio into the wee hours of the night. WLS Chicago and WBZ Boston
transmitted at 50,000 watts and were armchair copy all over the US at night.
I sent for Lafayette Radio, Allied Radio, Radio Shack, Edmund Scientific and Heathkit catalogs
and drooled over the radio adds and wished I could somehow afford to buy one of the those
beautiful radios. Alas, it was not to be until many years later.
In the late 60s I got into SWLing international broadcast radio with a Allied Radio 5 band
portable and a Hallicrafters S-120 (not the best radio Hallicrafters ever built).
In the 1970's I was into CB, licensed as KAUC 1761. CB got me fired up to become a ham and
when I graduated from college and was gainfully employed; on a career path, and credit worthy I
got my Technician license with the call N0DHB. After a year, I upgraded to Advanced class and
the following year to Extra class. In those days you had to "know code" and test at the FCC
field office; in my case Denver, CO.
My first rig was a Heathkit HW 101 that I carefully assembled. I was overjoyed when it was
completed and I plugged it in - it didn't go up in smoke!
Over the years I have dabbled in just about every facet of the hobby. I really miss the long
elliptical path OSCAR satellites
In 1984, Wes, KR0K (SK), Bilco, W0ES (SK) and I held the first volunteer exam session in the
State of Colorado.
In the 90s I worked and also went to graduate school and attained a Masters and a Ph.D.;
but, between work and school I always found time for radio. The hobby seemed to keep the hectic
pace of my life in balance. I retired from the position of Deputy Director of the Pueblo City-
County Health Department on July 31, 2000. I really wanted to continue work, but PTSD from
my stint in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War caught up with me and made it problematic for
me to work. I am a 100% Disabled Veteran.
Currently I am into the digital modes; analog and digital SSTV, and enjoy phone contacts on 20
and 75 meters.
My current rig is a Yaesu FTdx3000 that I have had since June of 2013 and I think it is a great rig for the price.
I like the fact that I don't need an external interface to work the digital modes.
On May 20th, 2014 I added a Flex 6300 to the shack. Great rig and every few months you get a
new and improved radio with the software updates.
On June 23, 2014 I added a Elecraft K2 to the shack.
Microphones are a Heil PR 40 used on the Flex 6300 and a Heil Goldline 20th Anniversary
(number 60 of 200) used on the Yaesu FTdx3000. I use a Heil icM on the K2.
I use an Alpha 9500 amp that I computer control with Alpha Remote software.
Ham Radio Deluxe as well as TRX Manager are interfaced with all the rigs.
My tuner is a Vectronics HFT1500.
My SDR receiver is a Nooelec R820T (RTL238U) upconverted for HF reception using HDSDR
software. I can switch input cables and use this for a panadapter on the FTdx 3000.
However; the panadapter on the Flex 6300 is far superior so I use it if I need a panadapter.
Telrex TB6EM triband Yagi at 36ft.
80-10 meter doublet in inverted V configuration at 35ft.
My other interests include Corvettes, Harley Davidsons, hunting, fishing, professional sports and
of course my lovely XYL Carol.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see on the bands soon!
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