I've been in broadcasting since graduating high school until moving to Florida in 2002, but only a ham radio operator since 2005. I wanted to get my license earlier, but looked at the code requirement as a way to keep people out of the hobby who wanted to work the phone bands, build equipment, and experiment with antennas. So while my friends played with 100 watt transmitters I worked with 1kW to 50kW transmitters, worked on and built radio stations and had fun with non-DA and DA a.m. arrays.
Since learning the code to get my General I really enjoy CW. One of my problems as a boy was not having someone to teach me the code, and when I became friends with ham radio operators in high school or later who offered to help me learn code I did a fine job at memorizing the records. Thanks to MFJ code tutors and modern computer software the code is now easy and fun to learn.
I was also employed by a multi-national company for 20 years as an electronics, manufacturing, and industrial automation design engineer. I'm presently the Chief Engineer for a local electric component manufacturer.
My shack houses a Yaesu FT-101ZD with all filters, an SP-901P external speaker, FV-101Z VFO & FC-902 antenna tuner, E-V MC300 microphone, a straight key, and a set of Vibroplex Brass Racer paddles on an MFJ keyer.
I also have a Kenwood TS-830S with all filters and an SM-220 with band adapter. Which I first really liked, but experience has shown the TS-830S to be quite over rated. The Yaesu FT-101ZD and FT-902DM will out perform the TS-830s any day.
Lately I added a complete Drake TR-7 station (minus an L-7). This is the best of the best and my main radio. The TR-7 has all options and filters installed and leaves all my other radios in the dust.
My main antenna is a Cushcraft AP8A which gives great performance for DX and even USA- wide contacts. A G5RV which I change the configuration on it from flat top to inverted-V to NVIS to whatever I choose, and a 40 meter dipole.
I've been experimenting with 40 meter and 80 meter N.V.I.S. antennas. Net results and signal reports from the islands, Gulf, and S.E. USA have been generally better than any of my other antennas. For portable I've found N.V.I.S. antennas not only easier to deploy, but give consistanly better reuslts than my portable inverted-V, a portable vertical or hamstick.
I use a Yaesu FT-1900R in the shack and a Kenwood TM-281A in each vehicle as well as a few ICOM and Yaesu HTs. VHF jump kit is an ICOM 2100H, a Mirage B-34-G amp for my HT as back-up for the ICOM if needed, a 40 ft. mast kit and Hustler CGT-144 with radial kit.
For HF portable I use a fully loaded IC-735 (Jump Kit) with mod for QRP and a Heathkit HW8. For a real challenge I use a Rockmite 40.
I enjoy QRP and portable operation & antenna building and tube gear. I rebuild and restore old radios and ham gear and build both solid state and tube equipment. Solid state has its place. Tubes are more fun.
Local A.R.E.S. and Skywarn member and ARRL VE.
I also spent about 20 years in the fire service as fire fighter, trainer, and officer as well as an E.M.T.
My other hobbies are photography and collecting fountain pens, slide rules, and manual typewriters.
Somehow my QSL information does not get updated on my QRZ Logbook, it only displays direct. QSL direct, QRZ.com, or LOTW. And I found out my LOTW account is not working. TNX, Bill
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