Greetings from Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks.
(In the above photo, I am second from left)
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 - old laptop, SignaLink USB, Yaesu FT-817, micro paddles. 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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