I was first licensed WN5CMI in May, 1962, at the age of 14. I became WA5CMI the next year when I upgraded to General. I have held an Extra Class license since 1973.
I operate AM on all bands, but lately I have rekindled my love for DXing, currently with 334 entities confirmed. The "antenna farm" consists of a Force12 C4S, an MFJ 1785 rotatable dipole, a homebrew 17- and 12-meter rotatable dipole, and a 3-element Cushcraft 6-meter beam all on a 40-ft TriEx crank-up tower. Recently added is the new Cushcraft R9 vertical that I use for 80-, 40-, and 30-meter CW.
Current radio is a Flex3000. I love the SDR operation. For it I am using a 4-core AMD PC with 8 GB of RAM. I use K5FR's excellent DDUtil software with Flexradio's PowerSDR to select and rotate the antennas. I use AA6YQ's top-tier DXing software suite, DXLab, that integrates everything nicely.
Just completed my homebrew 3-1000Z, running up to the legal limit on 80-20 and over 1200w on the others. See pictures below.
I am a retired electrical engineer and worked at the following companies: Texas Instruments, Mostek, E-Systems, and Hewlett-Packard. I have also taught Electronics part time at Eastfield College over a 24 year span. My wife is also reitired and we are enjoying retirement very much!
Newly built 3-1000 and power supply (below)
Sitting by the Flex
My bride (of 45 years) and I taken Summer of 2014
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