THANKS to ALL the stations that I worked during 2014! The ARRL Cent. was a blast because of you!
You can usually find where I am on the bands here: http://myqsx.net/qsxer/qsxermail1.php?call=W2SFD
The picture is of Station #2 where I ride as a Lt. on Engine #2 This is the newest of the 4 stations that Schenectady has. You may catch me on the air, remote from the firehouse.
Home station details:
Since getting on the air I've been in contact with some new and old friends. The home station has a dipole at 55', another in an inverted V at 60', and my main ant. is a Hex Beam at 20'. I have a FT-950 and an AL-811H all being tuned by a TT 229, if needed.
HF mobile details:
I can be found on HF many times from my mobile. Working DX from a mobile environment has some unique challenges. That shack consists of a IC706mkiig, and a Hi-Q Screwdriver mounted in the stake pocket of my pickup truck. The mount is a Breedlove, check them out, good work!
I also have the ability to work the HF bands remotely from anywhere. I log into the shack computer and HRD controls the radio. I have a headset to communicate and have been given good reports. For the remote ops I'm using the FT-950, barefoot into either the 55' multiband dipole, all being tuned by a MFJ -991 or the Hex Beam. Seems to work pretty well.
My QRP ops:
Will be trying to work HF QRP with a FT-817 from around during openings on the higher bands. Can't wait to see what happens. Hoping to be able to work some digital QRP also. I've added a Wolphilink interface, and some Android digi software in order to be able to acomplish this. The antenna is Alexloop.
My current tadventure was to learn CW. I used the G4FON software, with great success. I am able to copy at 7wpm reliably and am working on getting that up to 10 wpm. I used the ARRL archives of the code practice to mix it up. You'll notice in my log I've made mostly CW contacts! What a THRILL. A big thanks to Gary, N5PHT who was my first CW contact! He is a great op and slowed down for me. Getting on the air with CW was the best thing for me. I'm taking my time with a straight key, and many new friends with my newest mode. For fast DX CW I use a reader to confirm the calls if I have to but mostly just doing it on my own. Ken, K2UYK has been my biggest supporter and elmer for my CW adventures. I've been hanging with the SKCC ops, you have been great, pls. come work me.
Special thanks to K2UYK, W2XAD, W4AFD, NY2U, K2HAT and so many others for helping me along the ham path.
I will QSL 100% via the buro for international friends and direct for domestic. NO SASE required, you pay your way, I'll pay mine.
Rolling over the pins below will bring up a little QRZ info on each contact.
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