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Biography

First licensed as a ham in 1983, call sign KA9SPM. Built a Heath HW5400, but had no understanding of antennas, so was met with extremely modest success. Never progressed beyond Novice. When I met the YL who was destined to become my XYL, that was it for ham radio! Sold my HW5400 and all ham-related equipment in the mid 1990s. My license lapsed around 1998 or so.

My friend Jim N7US reintroduced me to this hobby in mid-2008. Completed my Extra Class ticket before I went back on the air. No-code made it much easier for me -- after 25+ years as a practicing engineer, the technical material came a little easier to me!

Currently enjoying experimenting with digital modes, contesting, and DXing.

Current Equipment List

Elecraft K3 and P3 <-- finally on the air as of NAQP SSB 01/13!

Gap Challenger antenna.

LP100A Digital Vector Wattmeter. Wow, this is a nice piece of equipment!

Palstar AT4K Antenna Tuner. Very rewarding to tune using this tuner. Nice and repeatible. My only complaint is that it doesn't autotune...

MicroKEYER II. Greatly simplifes CW and digital configuration. A very nice piece of equipment.

Vibroplex Vibrokeyer.

Heathkit SB-220. 39 years old(!) and again works very nicely. Put into service March 2011. Destroyed HV transformer during RTTY contest, January 2013. Repaired using Peter W Dahl transformer, a new HV air variable capacitor by Oren Elliott Products (very nice indeed), many other upgrades, performed a total rebuild. Back on the air May, 2013. Now puts out 1000W + of glorious full tube power with the original 39 year old tubes.

Heath HW5400 (given to me by Todd N9GY with a non-functioning transmitter, which I was fortunately able to repair).

Kenwood R-1000 Communications Receiver - for monitoring quality of transmitted signal.

Past Equipment List

* SOLD * Yaesu FT-950, new in August 2009. It was finally put into service during the CQWWDX Contest, October, 2010. I had been off the air for over a year during construction of my ham shack. This was a very nice rig but the receiver wasn't fully up to the same standards asthe Elecraft K3, based on my home field trials.

* SOLD * Panadaptor, consisting of IF-2000 and LP-Pan. Very nice addition! Sold to allow purchase of an Elecraft P3.

* SOLD * Kenwood TS-520SE, an excellent rig considering its age. Flawless audio quality, and quite good for digital operation. Sold to allow purchase of an Elecraft K3 and P3.

* SOLD * MFJ-989D Antenna Tuner. Sold to help fund the purchase of my Palstar AT4K. This was a decent tuner, but not in the same league as the AT4K.

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Awards

DXCC # 45690; 2012 ARRL Phone Sweepsakes SOHP Clean Sweep award

Causes

I subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct

 

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