Located in Belfair, Wasington, USA. US Navy Hospital Corpsman 1971-1991. Made the last WESTPAC on the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) then got sent to the Marines so I spent my last 8 years stationed with the them. Hoorah! Computer Tech/Customer Service type. Dirt Mover (1999 Nissan Mini-Excavator) when I feel the need.
Passed exam for General 12 Feb 2011. Cool!
My Dad (AB5IW-SK) gave me his old Yaesu FT-7 which sat in my garage for over 10 years before I pulled it out to "play"with it. Received great. After I got my ticket I found out it wouldn't transmit worth a dang. So, I bought a Yaesu FT-857D. Works great. Added a SignaLink USB & CAT cable to the Yaesu for "digical" stuff. Saved up and bought me a Wouxun KG-UV3D to carry around town with me. It's a great little radio for $100!
Built a 2-meter J-Pole antenna for $11 that is working great. Still experimenting building my own dipoles. Latest is a multi-band fan-dipole (80-10; will work all with the AT-300 tuner) antenna that looks like a spiders web on top of the house! You gotta be REALLY careful walking around the front yard or you could get decapitated by an antenna wire!!! Just recently I bought a brand new 6btv ($100 on Craig's List!!) and, so far, it is working great! Can't wait to get the radials out correctly. Although the thing has been working great without them!
My "Ham Shack." Such as it is.
Nets: 146.720 Sun & Wed @ 1930. Tues on 28.450 @ 1930. Now I'll be looking for more!!! I do more psk31 than anything else but am getting interested in voice on 12, 15 & 17 meters. Gonna start studying CW. If y'all hear me jump right in!!!! I'm still just learning this. I think you can Skype me: KF7LTT. I think. You can also find me at www.stanking.org