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 that integrates everything nicely. The amp is a modified AL811. In it are three 572Bs instead of the 811s. I run them at 2400 Volts and realize 800 watts minimum on ALL bands.
I love the vintage gear too, but I have sold off most of my large collection. I use a Collins 75A-4 and my restored Globeking 500 on 75-meter AM.
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 Junior College over a 24 year span. My wife is also reitired and we are enjoying retirement very much!
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