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QSL via eQSL.Please, no paper QSLs....

I do not use the QRZ logging feature.  eQSL ONLY PLEASE!!!

I retired from Apple, after 28 years as a Software Engineer, performing development of device drivers (including the audio device driver for built-in audio / HDMI Audio / DisplayPort Audio that ships on all Macintosh products with High Definition Audio hardware), in August of 2011. I actually have more time with Apple than Steve Jobs. But, as a friend told me upon retirement:"Congratulations! Now you're a nobody!"

I've been an Amateur Radio operator continously since 1973 and am a FULL CODE EXTRA CLASS licensee.

I designed my first repeater controller, with discrete TTL logic in 1982. All the cards were hand-built. The repeater used two Midland 509 transcievers on the 220 MHz band. The repeater included a steerable 2-meter remote base, interfacing to the diode programming card on an Icom IC-22 2-meter transciever. Also included was a Comtronix 10-meter remote base. The squelch circuit on the Comtronix had to be modified to attain proper COS and squelch behavior. That modification was documented and sent to Comtronix, where that change was integrated into the radios being produced.

I've been involved with Ken Stroube and the WA6YOP High Level Linked System for more than 35 years, helping Ken to develop and implement a loop-around audio forwarding technology that serves to construct an extensible tiered star topology audio network among his many repeaters.

Although not continuously a participant in ARES / RACES, I did participate in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Disaster communications effort. When dispatched from one location to another, around midnight after the earthquake, I was directed through the police barracade in Los Gatos and drove down the main street downtown -- the devistation was something to see. Santa Clara ARES has their act TOGETHER!

Where to find me:

  • 60-meters (channel 3), along with:
    • K1BMW
    • N7IBC
  • 20m through 10m using CW
  • 20m through 10m using JT65-HF (see below) and other Digital Modes (i.e. PSK, MT-63, Olivia, MFSK)
  • Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club - Repeater Network
  • Idaho ARES
  • Idaho District 3 ARES
  • IRLP (see below)
  • EchoLink (see below)

With JT65-HF being a weak signal mode, I use JT65-HF on 30 and shorter wavelengths for DX ONLY. I generally will NOT WORK STATE-SIDE stations on JT65-HF on these bands. If you need Idaho, this isn't the mode to get a confirmation of contact from me. Sorry, but I've had too many DX contacts busted by inconsiderate state-side operators. If you're state-side, PLEASE do not call me on JT65-HF on 30m and shorter wavelengths.

I am active with the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club, providing web page hosting and development services, technical services (repeater construction and maintenance), and am currently serving as club secretary:

I also recently developed the web page for Idaho ARES (see:http://www.idahoares.info), from November 2013 to deployment in February 2014, and with continuing development of content for that site. This includes PHP development to a MySQL database with full capabilities to generate a variety of rosters, reports and Google Earth '.kmz' data. From the start of initial development to deployment, there are approximately 1300 develpment hours in this site. No graphical editors here. All hand written PHP and HTML (all the cool features require administrative access -- sorry you can't have a look unless you're serving in an Idaho ARES staffed position).

I have a 70cm repeater with both EchoLink and IRLP capability, operating on 441.925 +offset 100.0 Hz CTCSS. This repeater is linked in with the Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club repeaters via 33cm. For information on the W7CIA repeater, please see:

The web page above includes restrictions / procedures for using EchoLink or IRLP to connect to the W7CIA and Central Idaho Amateur Radio Club repeaters.

  • EchoLink Node: W7CIA-R, 696264
  • IRLP Node: 3210

W7CIA Station:

JT65-HF Operations and LID Scoring:

Dont be a LID. I am courteous and patient in waiting to contact a station that is working another station, and expect the same courtesy to be extended back to me.

With JT65-HF being a weak signal mode, I use JT65-HF on 30 and shorter wavelengths for DX ONLY. I generally will NOT WORK STATESIDE stations on JT65-HF on these bands. If you need Idaho, this isn't the mode to get a confirmation of contact from me. Sorry, just too many DX contacts busted by inconsiderate stateside operators. If you're stateside, PLEASE do not call me on JT65-HF on 30m and shorter wavelengths.

If I am trying to work another station, DO NOT call me while the station I am trying to call may be responding. Wait until I have finished working him or have given up. Some stations prevent contacts (and waste bandwidth) by calling on top of the station I'm attempting to work. I've had this go on for more than 45-minutes, and have even been followed to another band where the same behavior is repeated by the same Amateur Operator.

I keep a list of stations that exhibit this behavior and WILL NOT WORK stations on this list. The most egregious operators, whom I will never work, have been appointed to the Exceptional LID list:

  • KI4MI (total LID points: 600,000)
  • ON4AXU (total LID points: 30)
  • EA7GDC (total LID points: 30)

How LID scoring is determined:

  • 1 point for each instance clobbering a station I am working, or attempting to work, by calling me
    • I called another station
    • I did not call CQ
    • I did not call the station clobbering the station I am working or attempting to work
  • Multipliers:
    • X10 for being dishonest about operating procedures (a kinder, gentler way of saying the operator has been economical with the truth when contacted by email and requested to cease operating in this manner)
    • X10 for following to another band
    • X10 for repeating the behavior until the band decays or the station I attempt to work goes QRT.
    • X10 for repeating the behavior on more than one day.
    • X10 for repeating the behaviour on more than one month.

Note that scoring was not reset on my most recent call sign change.

Just because you need IDAHO or Grid Square DN24al does not automatically entitle you to a priority contact. Any station I work with the sole goal of making their interfering LID operation cease, will not appear in my LOG and will not be eligible for a QSL (of any type).

Hey, the evidence is right on the screen so there isn't any point in not being honest about it. I site the following as an illustrating example:

1517 CQ EW6BZ KO45
1518 EW6BZ W7CIA DN24
1519 W7CIA ON4AXU JO21
1521 W7CIA ON4AXU JO21
1523 W7CIA ON4AXU JO21

In the above example, EW6BZ cannot be detected due to ON4AXU transmissions. I couldn't even tell if he answered me or someone else. Not knowing if he answered someone else, I did not repeat my call so that I would not cause interference if he had answered someone else. Had ON4AXU waited (four minutes), I would have been happy to work him. This is true of any listed station, having waited for me to complete my QSO, a 4-minute wait. then I would have been happy to work them.

Here is another puzzling JT65-HF exchange that occurred on 4 March 2014:

15:59 CQ G1BLO IO90

16:00 TX G1BLO W7CIA DN24

16:01 W7CIA EA7GDC

Again, no opportunity to work the station I called because of poor operating by EA7GDC.

With it taking 6 minutes to complete a QSO on JT65-HF (the first two of six minutes had already been consumed for stations on the above list), a rare station can be lost due to a combination of decaying band conditions and the interference caused by such selfish operation. Please don't operate in this manner...

Amateur Radio is self policing and has a long history of public embarrassment, in order to achieve the goal of good operating practices. So, yes, this page follows in that long line of historical enforcement of good operating practices. Once added to the above list, a station cannot be removed from the above list (i.e. their behavior, either solely by operating practice, or a dishonest response when confronted with the facts, results in a permanent appointment to the list).

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