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 (you can see a picture of it and the branches I have to deal with) up about 45 feet now. I launch my antennas now using a 3 to 5 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, SSB and digital modes on the HF bands, on the Nerd Net on 3868 evenings and 7200 afternoons, and exploring the other HF bands at other times, sometimes listening to 40 or 80 meters in the wee hours of the morning through my laptop. 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. Having fun working mobile with this. I do spend time on VHF and UHF using my Yaesu FT60R and/or Yaesu FT8800R.
I operate PSK31 on HF using Ham Radio Deluxe and Digital Master 780 using a Buxcomm Rascal interface connected to my IC-735. I am also able to operate my station while away from the operating position. I have the HRD Remote Server running on the operating position computer and can access it from my laptop. This is a real slick way of operating, either from the back yard or visiting a friend or if I take a trip. It's not as flexible to change bands, since I leave the radio on one band. I am having fun in Amateur Radio.
PLEASE NOTE, I DO NOT COLLECT ACTUAL PRINTED QSL CARDS, I USE EQSL FOR LOGGING PUPOSES ONLY.
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 and the West Bridgewater 146.775, or Norwell (145.25, 145.39, 224.06 & 443.6) , Weymouth 147.3, Quincy 224.4 or Braintree 442.5 repeater.
I am on 900 MegaHertz with a Motorola MTX9250. I have a 3db Antenex mobile antenna on the van. I'm usually operating on the Marshfield 927.475 repeater. 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.
I can also be found on Skype with a bunch of other amateur radio operators, nearly all the time.
I am also licensed on GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) as WQLF416
PLEASE NOTICE, I DO NOT COLLECT ACTUAL PRINTED QSL CARDS, I USE EQSL FOR LOGGING PURPOSES ONLY
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