Greetings from Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks.
(In the above photo, taken at club station OH3AC in Lahti, Finland, 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.
Ham Radio as Education
I am a frequent volunteer operator at the Science Factory museum ham radio station here in Eugene. Children can learn a lot from ham radio - physics, astronomy, earth science, geography, electronics, self-confidence, and more - 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.
The Shack & Operating
I still enjoy CW most of all. I do however own a microphone and a laptop with SignalLink, and am not afraid to use them, especially during contests and for trying to finish up 80m WAS.
I 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.
I have two ladder line-fed dipoles:
(1) 100 feet long, inverted-L configuration, broadside east-west, feedpoint at 25 feet
Antenna #1 is great for working the pacific. Antenna #2 is better in almost every way, especially for EU/SA, and Asia via LP. I've been told that if I added a yagi to the station, I would be able to work anything...but with two kids, a wife, and a full-time engineering job, I have no time/desire to do maintenance.
I almost never run more than 30 watts of RF output power. I have never owned an amplifier. I believe in skill and perseverance over power, although I know I'd be at DXCC Honor Roll a LOT faster with a bigger station. I am presently at about 225 countries confirmed in 30 years of operating.
If I am operating in a contest, I'm usually QRP (including SSB). I usually turn off the preamp so I can estimate whether others can hear me. Thanks for digging me out!
I use a few different rigs - nothing too elaborate - Icom 706, Yaesu FT-817, Elecraft KX-1.
Below is the latest incarnation of my portable station - laptop, SignaLink USB, Yaesu FT-817, micro paddles. If you work me and I'm somewhere other than home, this is probably what I am running...
with this 6' center-loaded MP-1 whip antenna...or a quick-and-dirty dipole.
This portable station, at last tally, has logged over 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.
Miscellaneous other stuff
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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