I was licensed in 1984 during the early sstages of the VE program, (originally KA1MKN). I operate mostly HF, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters. I hold an advanced license - which proves I passed a 13 wpm code test along the way - my excuse for not upgrading to AE, but I really miss not having the bottom 25 kHz of most bands where dx lives.
Mostly I chase DX on CW and digital modes but I occasionally dust off the mike and do a little fone.
Although I'm not really a repeater guy, I'm on DMR once in a while, courtesy of the inexpensive Connect Systems handheld radios. I have two CS-700s - one for ARES and one for the conventional T/Gs. I'm also a freelance writer and maintain a blog, "The Squelch Tale," at http://www.squelchtale.com.
In my work life, I am a telecommunicator at a large, regional comm center and also a former broadcasting person, from an era when cart machines and turntables were the broadcast standard, and digital audio was still more than a decade away. So was deregulation and corporate radio ownership.
W1AMJ was originally my dad's call, back in the '50s when radios were big and bulky and sideband was a new mode.
I QSL via eQSL, direct and the Bureau, but not LOTW.
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