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I started working in Broadcasting (radio) after getting out of college in 1971. The technical aspects of that industry had always interested me.

I worked at small market statons in the West Palm Beach FL market, and got friendly with the engineers. Back in those days, you needed a First Class Commercial license to take antenna base current readings, and adjust the plate and load on the AM transmitters every three hours. So... I went off to a 6 week cram school, visited the FCC in Miami, and passed the exam.

After being appointed Chief Operator at the station in Jupiter, FL, I got more involved with the technical end (doing weekly field strength readings, helping with regular maintenance), and also sitting in the studio one night, running 7.5 watts (our Pre-sunrise authority power) after midnight, testing our coverage, talking to the contract engineers via the STL link while they travelled down the road.

I was really hooked now...and went off with a bunch of CB'ers (yikes!) and took a novice, class, and passed it (mid-1977).

I had a part time job at the local volunteer fire department, and grabbed a copy of "5 to 1000 watts" (self study manual put out by Radio Shack) and crammed my head full of theory and legaleese. After doing that for a month or so, I went down to the FCC field office in Miami, passed the code, and passed the General exam.

 

I . Upgraded to Advanced in 1982, and passed the Extra test 4/10/2010.

I was deeply involved in packet radio from it's inception, and ran a VHF/HF gateway on 14.105 till Hurricanes Francis and Jean wiped out my antennas.

My main HF rig is Kenwood TS590s, with a Ten Tec Corsair for backup, and a old Ten Tec Argonaut for occasional QRP.

Looking forward to RAGCHEWS and casual DX QSO's as time and propagation permit.

I also spend a lot of time on PSK-31 and Olivia on 14.070

Moved to the State of WA 09/16/14.  I'm relying on my Echolink LINK and a D-Star DVAP via my old laptop  right now (ICOM 80AD and Wouxon HT's to the right of the laptop).

Current HF rig is my trusty Icom 718, used primarily for digital modes (PSK and Olivia).  Since I'm in an "antenna unfriendly " area, I've decided to operate QRP with a Magnetic Loop antenna (the "Alpha Loop").   See one of it's two operating positions in the second picture below. 

My RF output on digital is 10 watts, and 35 watts on SSB. 

My shack as of 12/30/2014.  Icom 718 is below laptop to the left of the monitor.  Another picture showing the laptop and rigs used for D-Star and Echolink is below this picture.

UPDATE:  Now using the Raspberry Pi and DVAP for D-STAR...with the latop to run EchoLink.

 

 

 

Alpha Loop on porch (two views)

Raspberry Pi and DVAP (partially hidden by window valance) used for D-Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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