I was first licensed as a novice in 1987 in New Paltz, NY, while I was in middle school. I upgraded to Technician in 1989 while in High School, but never spent time on VHF. My favorite mode was always CW QRP, which I would frequenlty use to talk to hams in the midwest in the evenings on 80 meters.
I upgraded to Extra in the 90's while attending Georgia Tech for Electrical Engineering. The amateur radio club at Georgia Tech had a great shack, and I spent many hours there working a barefoot TS-440S I had bought on e-bay for a few hundred bucks.
After grad school, I moved to a townhouse in the Philadelphia area where I was not able to have an outdoor antenna, but I did have a monoband 20m dipole in my attic along with a 2/6/440 vertical antenna.
I now live in Seneca, South Carolina and finally have some space to spread out. Right now I have 20 foot mast sitting in a tripod on the ground at the highest point on my property. I the 2/6/440 vertical up there, and recently put up an 80-6 windom and a 20m monoband dipole, and acquired a TS-480SAT and Ameritron AL-811H to get back on HF. Now, I'm enjoying digital modes as well as checking in to some HF nets.
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