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After I built a crystal radio kit in the 1950’s, my interest in radios grew to the point where I earned my novice license at the age of 13. I built a Globe Scout 75W transmitter from a kit and operated CW on 3 or 4 frequencies with my limited supply of crystals using a wire dipole antenna. Later life events caused me to stray away from ham radio however I enjoyed several instances of seeing Teletype machines in operation that always intrigued me. In 1980 while looking for software for my Apple IIc computer, I came across a program that decoded RTTY. I became hooked on SWL’ing RTTY which encouraged me to study for my General license for which I passed the 13 WPM code test at the Chicago FCC office. My first rig for RTTY was the Drake TR7 which was a very popular rig at that time. I earned my Extra class ticket in 2008.

Since then I’ve slowly advanced to bigger and better radios over time and now have my station set up to operate Single-Operator Two-Radio (SO2R) in contests. I love RTTY contesting and try to participate in most RTTY contests when my job permits. I also operate in the PSK31 and JT65A modes occasionally and dust off my Heil headset from time-to-time to operate on SSB. I use the excellent WriteLog program for contesting and the equally excellent DX Lab Suite of programs for everyday RTTY and PSK QSO's as well as for keeping my master station log.

My primary station equipment:

  • Icom 7600
  • Icom756 PRO-3
  • microHAM MK2R+ that interfaces my ham computer to the two HF transceivers
  • Dunestar filters and 6-Pak antenna switching
  • Two K4KIO 6-Band Hex Beams (G3TXQ design) each mounted at 36 feet
  • Two homebrew 80-10 Meter OCF wire antennas each at 45 feet
  • ground-mounted Hustler 6BTV vertical (80-40-30-20-15-10)

I have a deep interest in aviation and started flying when I was 16 years old. I am Instrument and Multi-Engine rated with 2200 total flight hours, much of it earned in a twin-engine Piper Seneca-III. Because of my aviation interest, I operate three computer driven scanners (Winradio G305e, PCR-1000, and PCR2500) to monitor all aviation traffic in the greater Seattle area including Boeing test flights, airline company operations, and military flights.

A WinRadio Excalibur SDR radio is used to monitor HF Aviation traffic with international flights over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. I also use a RadarBox(tm) for tracking of area aircraft via their ADSB beacons on a simulated radar scope feed from a DPD 1090 Mhz dedicated antenna. Scanning antennas are a discone and a DPD Miltenna.

Other station equipment:

  • Model 28 Teletype machine driven by a Hal ST-6000 RTTY TU which prints the news from RTTY.com
  • ICOM R7000 (primarily tuned to SeaTac airport control tower and Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center)
  • Uniden BCD535HP for monitoring local area police/fire (I was a police radio dispatcher & later a Deputy Sheriff and ambulance driver while in college so enjoy listening to public safety radio traffic).
  • Realistic Pro-2004 is used to monitor all local Ham VHF and UHF traffic.

Other interests include motorcycles (Honda Goldwing 1800 trike), golf, music (blues-rock), and running flight and rail simulations on a homemade 3.0 G gamer computer.

Professionally, I am a Director in the service business for a major global healthcare corporation. I am a former radiology (X-Ray) service engineer.

Former calls: N9BHH and KNØRSK. QSL via eQSL and LOTW, paper QSL with SASE.

Member of the Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC) and ARRL

 

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