My life-long vocation is/was Aviation, where I worked for 40+ years as a professional pilot for numerous airlines & corporations. Occasionally I act as Pilot-In-Command of my 2005, 38', Allegro Bay (Class A) Motor Coach.
I retired on April 15, 2008, from the Federal Aviation Administration after 21 years of Government Service as an Aviation Safety Inspector - Operations, based at the Orlando Flight Standards District Office, Orlando, FL. After retiring, my wife and I hit the road and enjoyed the full-time RV lifestyle until the summer of 2012 when we threw out the anchor due to high fuel and maintenance costs. We then bought a summer home in Lewistown, PA, my hometown. I'll spend most summers in Lewistown, PA, and relocate to Central FL for most winter months. This current winter (2013) I/we decided to winter in the far Southwest USA, mainly AZ and CA.
I became a HAM as a no-code Technician back in 1995. In 1996, I passed the 5 wpm Morse code element, earning Technician + privileges. In 1998, I passed the General Class written and 13 wpm Morse code element, earning General Class privileges. On August 11, 2000, thanks to FCC Amateur License Restructuring, I earned Amateur Extra Class privileges. No more tests for me!
My Pennsylvania base station consists of an Icom 728 es 7000 - 100w barefoot rigs transmitting into a Cushcraft R7000 multi-band vertical (10m through 40m) antenna. In November of each year, I return to Central FL for the winter months. While in FL, I operate from my Allegro Bay Motor Coach that's equipped with an Icom 706MKIIg - 100w barefoot - all-band rig transmitting into a Home Brew Screwdriver Antenna at 15' AGL (see attached picture) 10m through 75/80m attached to the ladder on the rear of my motor coach. I also operate 2m mobile from my 2014 Chevrolet Equinox equipped with Icom 207H dual-band mobile rig transmitting into a dual-band mag-mount antenna. I monitor the VHF National Call Frequency (146.520 Mhz - simplex) when I'm on the road.
I mainly operate on PSK-31, my favorite emission type; I'm quite proficient at it since doing it for 14 years. My PSK-31 software of choice is HRD + DM780. If you operate PSK-31, you're likely to see me on your waterfall during the late afternoon on 15m, 20m, or 30m, and most evenings on 40m or 80m.
All QSO's are confirmed using www.eQSL.cc (only). NOTE: I don't respond to any other method of QSL exchange!
73 - Bill
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