Originally got my Novice way back in 1974 and worked 40 meter CW only. I was not active for many years, but got back into the hobby during the summer of 2013, a year before my license expired!
I am running a Yaesu FTdx-3000 into a homebrew fan dipole at the top of the house, mounted by the chimney, cut for 40 (15 on third harmonic), 17, 12, and 10 meters. Another homebrew fan dipole at the side of the house rounds out the HF antenna farm with 20 and 30 meters. I am currently active using SSB, JT65, and PSK31.
For VHF / UHF I have the Yaesu FT-8800 plus two Baofeng UV-5R HTs. In the evenings I can crossband repeat (one-way) in the Man Cave from a UV-5R through the FT-8800 to local repeaters.
I'm also interested in software defined radio and use it to visually augment my HF SSB operating with a band spectrum/waterfall display using HDSDR. I use the cheap SDR dongles and upconverters (see pics below) to extend the dongle's range to HF. The SDR is integrated with my HF radio and Log4OM logging program using Omni-Rig.
I will QSL via eQSL & LoTW but prefer paper QSLs now (no bureau please) until I get tired of buying postage. No need for SASE - just send 'em and I will reply. Logs uploaded to QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, and Club Log frequently.
---> Current Logged Country Count Total: 134 <---
---> WAS #58,627 (Basic) awarded: Jul 7, 2014 <---
Homebrew SDR Assembly#1 for HF bands:
Consumer DVB USB Dongle / Ham-It-Up Upconverter (125 MHz upconvert)
Homebrew SDR Assembly #2 for HF bands:
Consumer DVB USB Dongle / SV1AFN Design Lab Upconverter (200 MHz upconvert)
Homebrew antenna cutoff for SDR
JRC NRD-535 Communications Receiver
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