I'm a retired engineer - worked for General Dynamics / Lockheed Martin in RF and IR electronic warfare simulation labs. Originally got my Novice way back in 1974 and worked 40 meter CW with a crystal-controlled Heathkit. I was not active for many years, but got back into the hobby during the summer of 2013, a year before my license expired!
My main rig is a Yaesu FTDX-3000 going into a homebrew fan dipole at the top of the house, mounted by the chimney, cut for 40 (15 on 3rd harmonic), 17, 12, and 10 meters. A second homebrew fan dipole at the side of the house operates on 20, 30, and 40 meters. Yet a third near the same location is set for 17, 15 and 10 meters - this one is for my FT-450D which I leave on all day decoding JT65 looking for that next ATNO. I also use a Par Electronics OA-50 Omniangle antenna for 6 meters. Sometimes I operate the FT-450D along with the FTDX-3000 using JT65 / JT9 on two different bands simultaneously using two instances of WSJT-X.
For VHF / UHF I have two Yaesu FTM-100D System Fusion radios, two Baofeng UV-5R HTs, and an older Yaesu FT-8800. In the evenings I use an FTM-100D and an FT-891 for digital mode HF to run a Man Cave station while watching TV.
My other side-hobby is buying used test equipment and refurbishing it, some of which you can see below, and also repairing and restoring ham gear and shortwave receivers.
Lastly - I caught the DX bug and most of the time that's what I'm chasing. In between DX, I was able to complete two addidional WAS using JT65 & JT9 digital modes.
I QSL via direct, eQSL, LoTW, and QRZ. No need for SASE for direct - just send 'em and I will reply 100%. If you want a Texas Horned Frog QSL - I'm your guy! Logs uploaded to QRZ, eQSL, LoTW, and Club Log frequently.
Most recent DXpedition / DXCC ATNO's
S9YY - Sao Tome & Principe .:. V6Z - Micronesia .:. H40GC - Temotu Province
T31T - Central Kiribati .:. 4S7AB - Sri Lanka .:. E6AC - Niue
VP6J - Pitcairn Island .:. CY9C - Saint Paul Island .:. RN2F - Kaliningrad
LU1ZI - South Shetland Islands .:. 3XY1T - Guinea
7P8C - Lesotho .:. MI6USC - Northern Ireland
K5P - Palmyra Atoll .:. C5YK - The Gambia
T2TT - Tuvalu .:. PZ5W - Suriname .:. VK9WA - Willis Island
TX3X - Chesterfield Islands .:. E51MKW - North Cook Islands .:. V51B - Namibia
9Q0HQ - Dem. Rep. of Congo .:. 3G0ZC - Juan Fernandez Island
TI9/3Z9DX - Cocos Island .:. FJ/W2RE - St. Barthelemy
K1N - Navassa .:. HS0ZBS - Thailand
FK8HG - New Caledonia .:. FR1GZ - Reunion Island .:. BV7RE - Taiwan .:. T88HZ - Palau
ZD8X - Ascension Island .:. 9H1SS - Malta .:. TX7G - Marquesas Islands
9W6ZUL - East Maylasia .:. J35X - Grenada .:. VK9DLX - Lord Howe Island
ZK3Q - Tokealu Atoll .:. YJ0X - Vanuatu .:. T30D - Western Kiribati
Lab Bench & Equipment:
Man Cave Station - JT65 on the PC / FT-891 HF / FTM-100 2m 70cm digital FM
GPS Disciplined Oscillator - Lab Frequency Standard
Screen Capture of simultaneous WSJT-X sessions on 2 bands using Yaesu FTDX-3000 & FT-450
Restored Kenwood TS-120S System
Restored Drake SSR-1
Restored Kenwood R-2000
Restored Yaesu FRG-7700
DX Card wallpaper
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