Chasing VUCC on all bands, so please QSL, I need your grid! QSL 100%, no SASE necessary.
I work as a television director for High Noon Films, a production company based in Birmingham. We produce television commercials, documentaries, and short films for the government related to law enforcement and emergency management. You can see some of my work at our website:
Introduced to ham radio by Ron Murray, WA4IWN (SK) who became my Elmer at the age of seven. Ron was the Chief Engineer of WCLE AM-FM in my hometown of Cleveland, TN. Ron was a Walter Mitty character who rode motorcycles, flew sailplanes, smoked a pipe, had the prettiest wife in the neighborhood, and even had a rocking 'stash! To a boy growing up in the 1970's, he was everything you hoped to be. And since he was a ham, I wanted to be one too.
Learned CW on his trusty Heathkit HD-10 keyer, and worked my first DX on his HW-101. Spent hours thumbing through is collection of QST magazines, and dreaming of what my shack would be like someday. Thanks Ron for introducing me to a lifelong hobby!
Former US Navy Submarine Radioman. RM1(SS) Served aboard the USS Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN631) in the 1980's.
Active in VHF Weak Signal Work, WSJT, satellites, and TV DXing. Feel like I wasted decades on HF, until discovering "The World Above 50 MHz" in 2008. I've never had so much fun since. I was inspired by the late Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ (SK) who published an article in QST called "Chasing VUCC".
Since I had just moved into a new house with HOA restrictions, and couldn't have outdoor antennas, it occured to me that I could use the large attic space to mount Yagis for VHF/UHF. Made a contact one afternoon on 144.200 and haven't looked back since! Now have VUCC on 6, 104 grids worked on 2, and chipping away at 222, & 432. Also closing in on satellite VUCC. Even worked VUCC in a single weekend once on 6 Meters during the CQ VHF Contest. It can be done, all using indoor antennas.
Weak Signal VHF work is done using a variety of rigs including the Icom 910H for 2 and 432, & 1.2 GHz, Icom 746 Pro for 6, and a Flexradio 1500 as an IF rig along with transverters for 222, & 902. We're active on all bands 6 Meters to 2.3ghz. Play with 10 GHz and laser communications too.
Very active on Amateur Satellites working both the FM & linear (SSB/CW) birds. Active on packet on the ISS too.
While mobile, I run a Yaesu FT-857D into a 2 Meter Loop, and 6 Meter whip. Participate in all VHF/UHF Contests, sometimes as a rover.
Two great kids, Trey and Samantha. Trey is the sous chef at the Branded Butcher in Athens, GA, while Samantha works with at-risk kids in Tuscaloosa, AL. Roll Tide! Samantha recently married Ken Patterson, a wonderful son-in-law. Married to Abby for 30 years. Married on Halloween to the most bewitching woman I've ever know.
QSL 100% and trust me, I need your grid! Working hard for VUCC on all bands using only indoor antennas. You can see lots of QTH photos and track my progress via my blog at:
It's called: "Big Iron: Chasing VUCC on Indoor Antennas".
I love HF, but all the fun is on weak signal V/U guys! Remember, "VHF Ops Do It With More Frequency!" Hope to even try single Yagi EME using WSJT software soon.
Grid Bandits #222
Southeastern VHF Society Member
Central States VHF Society Life Member
AMSAT Member #38960
6 Meter VUCC #1,712
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