Thanks for looking me up on QRZ. I've been a ham since 2004 and upgraded to HF in 2007. I hope to upgrade to Extra by the end of this year. Maybe not, I'm lazy.
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.
I've been inactive for the last several years after moving to a new QTH where the shack was put in the basement. It's a great location for operating, but given that it is not in the path of the family I found it difficult to get on the air. KR1CKM got my juices flowing again after he purchased the same HF radio that I use as my primary HF rig. So, THANKS RICK!
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 55', a FT-950 and an AL-811H all being tuned by a TT 229. I plan on adding some antennas this summer to augment the station and an automatic tuner to help with band jumping while operating remotely. I can often be found on 28.400 chatting with some local friends. Give us a call.
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 a 55' multiband dipole, all being tuned by a MFJ -991. 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.
Special thanks to W2XAD, W2AFD, NY2U, 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.
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