I was first licensed in 1964 as a novice, then general class, in junior high. I started with very modest, homebrew equipment, then a DX-60 (working CW and AM) transmitter and a Drake 2B receiver. Replaced the DX-60 with a Hallicrafters HT-37 and worked that equipment for years on HF CW and SSB using quads, single and triband beams. Finally dumped the HT-37 and Drake 2B for a clean TS-520 that I used for a few more years. Over the years I have primarily worked HF, with some 2 mtr FM thrown in along the way. With the sunspots leaving HF in such bad shape in 2007/2008, I became interested in the HF digital modes. I currently run a TS-2000 and 3el yagi on HF.
A couple of years ago I put together a second station at my occasional weekend home at 7000' in Big Bear Lake, Ca. (DM14) There I'm running another TS2000 with an end-fed 66' wire on HF, the same 2m and 70cm Directive System yagis on a tv rotator for the sats, and a Ringo ar-6 for 6 meters.
Most recently a satellite buddy got me interested in DMR digital mode (UHF). It is a load of fun. So I was lucky and snagged a very nice Motorola 6550 handheld to play with. That kind of put the hook in me for this mode and so then got a great deal on a like new Motorola 4550 mobile which I intend to eventually install in my 4Runner.
If you send me a QSL, you will definitely get one in return. No SASE necessary. I look forward to working you on the sats or maybe on HF. 73's, Craig (my middle name)
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