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Hello everyone.  I've been a licensed operator since 1987 but have been absent for most of those years due to moving around the country.  I've been off and on again over the past six years and have now made the decision to get more involved.  I was strictly a mobile operator until the fall of 2012.  I now have an Elecraft K3 with a KPA 500 amplifier and a KIO Hex Beam at 33'.  The Hex Beam has been a pure delight to operate.

Signing up with QRZ.com was the first step in getting back on the air.  In addition, I am an eQSL user and recently began using LoTW (really love this program and ACLog has a great interface).  I look forward to meeting you on the air.  No QRZ logbook please.


January 2014:  Began using JT65.  Lots to learn but looks like a great way to make contacts.

June 2014:  Began using PSK.  This looks to be a lot of fun as well.



5/7/12: After my aging ATAS-120 finally died, I went looking for other options.  I wanted something I could tune on the fly and the SGC SG-237 antenna coupler had the features I was looking for.  The whip is simply an 11 meter antenna and tunes in milliseconds anywhere from 6 to 80 meters.  My next plan is to clip a long wire to the end of the whip and tune to 160 (stationary of course!).  Love the mount.  My mobile rig is a Yaesu 857D.  Below the picture of the coupler is a view from my shack and some of the fruits of our labors.  I'm still a farmer at heart.

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