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).
I am a disabled US Navy Vietnam veteran.
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 at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, 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 while working full time I 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.
Currently I am into the digital modes; analog 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. It is a terrific rig and every few months you get a new and improved radio with the software updates.
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 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.
Telrex TB6EM triband Yagi at 36ft.
G5RV 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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