First licensed in 1999 as Technician Class, then moved up to General Class in 2000. (...still had to do the CW test too back then!) I operate all bands and all on phone, no interest in CW. Might go for the Extra sometime in the future,but we'll see!? I have 6 family members who are also all licensed as Technician Class Op's.
I belong to the ARRL, (www.arrl.org) the Keystone VHF Club, (www.w3hzu.com) the 10-10 International Club as # 72632, (www.ten-ten.org) the 3.938 North Carolina SSB net as #227, (http://www.qsl.net/w/wy3w/3938/index.html) and to the ECARS Net on 7.255 (East Coast Amateur Radio Service), (www.ecars7255.com) as #30377.
I have aquired DXCC, (currently at 315 worked with 315 confirmed but still looking for more!) WAS, WAC, WAZ, and may look into some IOTA Awards as I have logged/confirmed many IOTA's over the years. I do love to chase the DX!! Hope to have a QSO with you all "further down the log!!"
The HF rig is an IC-746PRO with the SM-20 desk mic. The amp is an Ameritron AL-80B. Antennas consist of the Mosley TA-63N, and a Buckmaster 270' OCF dipole.I also have up a "dedicated" 60 meter dipole cut for the 5 "channels" with a perfect 1 to 1 SWR w/o the use of any tuner.
Also in the shack is the FT-8900 hooked to the Diamond V2000A 6/2/440 omni, or it can be switched to the Cushcraft A14820T beam, giving 10 elements on FM (vertical) or 10 elements SSB (horizontal) which is hooked to the 746PRO.
A peak at the inside of the "shack" 2/2/2013
Some of the "Shack wallpaper"...........
315 confirmed as of 6/12/2015
Here you can see all the antennas currently in the system as of February 2013
Here you can see all the antennas currently in the system as of November 2013
A view from the front of the QTH September of 2012
A view from the front of the QTH November of 2013
Snow Feb. 13th, 2014
Beams/wires/tower in rear of QTH on May 30th, 2015
Front of QTH on May 30th, 2015
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