Greetings from Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks.
I was originally licensed in 1984 at age 15. I started with CB and SWLing at age 10. I earned my extra a month before I turned 18. I started as a VE a month after my 18th birthday, and VE'd hundreds of testing sessions before the age of 30. It was a blast.
I operate primarily CW/QRP, although I occasionally work SSB and (as of 2014) the digital modes as well.
This is my portable station. If you work me and I'm somewhere other than Oregon, this is probably what I am running...
with this 6' center-loaded MP-1 whip antenna...or a quick-and-dirty dipole.
This station, at last tally, has logged about 50,000 miles by airplane, and thousands more by car.
Since 2011, I have operated as OH/N7JI, N7JI/4, N7JI/VE5, CE5/N7JI, VP5/N7JI, N7JI/VE6, and OE/N7JI. I am a semi-serious contester, and avid DXer. If I need to nab a new one, I will sometimes crank the rig up to 25 or 30 watts. I have two kids and a full-time engineering job, which means I don't have much time for any of the above pursuits.
I am a frequent volunteer operator of the Science Factory museum's ham radio station here in Eugene. Children can learn a lot from ham radio - physics, geography, electronics, self-confidence - and develop an understanding of the technology they use every day but don't even pay it any mind (cordless phone, cellular phone, wifi, etc.). As those who "know," I believe it's our job to teach.
I am lucky to live on a hill, 500 feet above the valley floor, with a nice downward slope to the west, giving me great access to DX entities throughout the Pacific rim. The sunsets are gorgeous when it's not raining.
I am also an avid scrabble and words w/friends player (at www.isc.ro and EA games @ Facebook).
I enjoy hiking and cycling when I'm not recovering from injuries suffered trying to enjoy them.
Se habla español? Estoy aprendiendo. Espero a hablar contigo.
I QSL via direct, bureau, LOTW, and eQSL.
Sadly, I don't know what happened to the OH/N7JI log. Other logs from all other operating are on LOTW and eQSL.
73 and good DX!
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