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I have been licensed in the Amateur Radio Service since 1970, starting as WN1NAO, then WN1TYX, then WB1DHW. I was one of the last hams to be tested before the Federal Communications Commission in Boston. I was hoping to get this call all along when they were initiated.

I am on HF with an Icom IC-735 using a homebrew off center fed (OCF) dipole using a Buxcomm 4:1 balun up about 45 feet for 80-10 meters and a half wave dipole for 160 meters. It's feed point is about 35 feet up, one leg is 30 feet high and the other leg droops down to about 10 feet at the end. I launch my antennas now using a 3-ounce weight with an E-Z Hang Square Shot. The 1 ounce weight doesn't work well with the trees I have here.

I operate CW and SSB on the HF bands, on the Nerd Net on 3868 evenings and now that I'm on 160 I might be on 1995. One of my favorite bands is 30 meters. When mobile I sometimes take my Ranger RCI-2950DX and Wilson 1000 for 10 meters. With a 12 inch clip lead on the whip, I am able to work on 12 meters, too. I do spend time on VHF and UHF using my Yaesu FT60R and/or Yaesu FT8800R.

I like working some DX but I can't understand why people calling a DX station have to continue sending their call sign numerous times. Do they think they'll break the pileup? I don't think so. I guess they don't listen very well, listen to what the DX station says and you won't have the Kilocycle Kops calling you a freaking LID. I try to live by the DX code of conduct and I hope everyone would, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0_crKtKfd3w

DX CODE OF CONDUCT :

1. I will listen and listen and then listen some more
2. I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly
3. I will not trust the cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling
4. I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling him and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot, UP means UP, not transmitting on his frequency
5. I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before calling him
6. I will always send my full call sign
7. I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously
8. I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine
9. I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine
10. I will not transmit when the DX station calls other geographic areas than mine
11. When the DX operator calls me I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly
12. I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact

PLEASE NOTE, I DO NOT COLLECT ACTUAL PRINTED QSL CARDS, I USE the QRZ LOG..

I am a member of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association which has repeaters on 147.18 and 444.55 in Bridgewater. I'm usually operating on those frequencies or the West Bridgewater 146.775 when in range, Norwell 145.25, Marshfield (145.39 or 927.475) Weymouth (147.3, 224.58 or 147.345), Quincy 224.4 or Braintree 442.5 repeater.

I am on 900 MegaHertz with a Motorola MTX9250 hand held and a Kenwood TK-981. I have a 3db Antenex mobile antenna on the van. I'm usually operating on the NEAR-900 system. The 900 band is showing signs of life with many repeaters sprouting up since 440 machines have gone off the air in southeastern Masschusetts due to PavePaws being the primary user. The 222 band is also becoming more active with a few more good repeaters coming on the air.

PLEASE NOTE, I DO NOT COLLECT ACTUAL PRINTED QSL CARDS, I USE the QRZ LOG..

73, it's not Seventy Threes, it's not Seven Threes, it's SEVEN THREE. It's Best Regards, it already has the "S" so you don't need it.

 

 

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