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I took my first amateur radio license exam on 14-March-1987 and received my first license as a Novice on 12-May-1987. I upgraded to Technician Class on 19-September-1987 and then to General Class on 27-February-1988. I waited until several years later, and on 22-December-1997 I upgraded to Advanced Class. Up to this point I had kept the same call sign - KBØAAR. Then on 8-June-2002, I upgraded to Extra Class. On 23-June-2002 I began signing as ABØWB until 12-December-2006 when my station was assigned WFØGM - my current call sign.
I am what you would call a casual operator. I love chasing DX and working some contests, but always on a very casual basis. I will use the "hunt and peck" method most of the time, but also enjoy establishing a frequency and being on the receiving end of a pileup once in a while.
My station consists of a Cushcraft A3s three element tri-band yagi up about 55 feet (17 meters). It is mounted on a Glen Martin M-1850A tower. I have a Yaesu G-1000DXA rotor and the antenna and rotor are mounted on a Glen Martin Hazer. The Hazer eliminates the need for me to climb the tower, and gives me the ability to raise and lower the antenna and rotor for maintenance as needed.
I prefer to QSL via LoTW but I also QSL via eQSL and good old fashioned QSL cards. You can see my QSL card at the top of the QRZ page.
I am an amateur programmer, and you may download some free software from my site to manage the Auto Mode memories in a Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver. You can also find a little timer program for the ragchewer. Here's a link to my web page if you want to check it out.
GUD DX and 73,
A modest antenna farm.
A view of the beam and tower on a beautiful Autumn day.
Here's a closer look at the Cushcraft A3S and dipole.
My operating position!
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