Originally licensed in 1976, then went inactive in late 80's, now re-licensed just this year (2011). I am a 57 y/o emergency room physician and have scores of other things I dabble in including music (play cello for local symphony orchestra), astronomy and astrophotography, and flying (built a Kitfox in 1991 and still fly it). LOTW is preferred QSL. I'm slow with cards but try and get to them, especially if accompanied by SASE.
Current rigs are a Yaesu FT-1000MP through an MFJ 998 Auto Tuner and Ameritron AL-811H amplifier into a SpiderBeam at 11 meters elevation. For lower bands, there's a 285 ft horizontal delta loop erected as a rectangle at about 25 feet.
The secondary shack in the downstairs garage is an IC-707 into a homemade OCF dipole doing just 150 watts or so.
Look fwd to lots of air time, both ssb and cw. Have been using digital modes more lately, especially JT65. 73's
(Previous call W5GTL prior to 11/11/12)
Update (8/12): New (used) SpiderBeam now erected. Many thanks to K6HP (Ed) for his help and advice. I happened to put it up on a weekend when conditions were very good on 15, 17, and 20 meters so the dx contacts are rolling in.
New SpiderBeam! My first directional antenna. Even just 2 meters above roof, the difference is fantastic!
Backup/Garage bench. "Boat anchor" NCX-3 on far right. ICOM IC-707 in center.
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