Recently was at the ARRL to activate W100AW on 17m with a few friends.
As an ARRL ORS I'm worth 12 points in the ARRL Cent. QSO Party.
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. I have been testing a remote setup while at the firehouse to work both PSK31 and ssb. So, you may catch me operating from one of the four firehouses in Schenectady, NY while I am on duty. In between calls, of course.
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. I have recently added an A99 for working 10m both local and DX. It's at about 50'.
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.
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.
My current task is to learn CW. I've been using 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've been also using the ARRL archives of the code practice to mix it up. I hope to begin making CW contacts very, very soon. Stay tuned.
Special thanks to W2XAD, W2AFD, 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.
My map for the 2014 ARRL SS, my first Sweep, thanks to all the stations that I worked!:
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