NEW CALLSIGN !
I have been a ham since 1972 in El Paso, Texas with first call of WN5JXY (Novice), (Vince Sparacino taught me morse code with an old paper tape code generator at Ft Bliss, TX if anyone alive remembers him) then I upgraded to TECH with call WA5JXY.
I now hold a FCC General Class license as W7FED.
Here is a (somewhat recent) picture of my hamshack
Here I am in my old hamshack in El Paso
(When I still had a beard)
I remember sitting on top of the Franklin mountains in El Paso, Texas about 15 years ago. I was playing "briefcase packet" from the top of the mountain (4692 feet ASL). You can see three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua Mexico) and two countries (US, Mexico) from up there !
I was one of the first in the country (especially El Paso) to get on PACKET RADIO. Waaaaay before the internet. Packet radio isn't as popular as it used to be (except for APRS and some new digital modes), but I sure enjoyed building one of the FIRST PACKET Bulletin Board System (Xerox 820 CP/M - W0RLI software). I also helped build the FIRST DIGIPEATER in El Paso with a home-built GLB PK1-L TNC (with Dave W5DBC-SK) as well as the FIRST Modem/Packet BBS cross-link and the ELPWX Packet-Based "WeatherNode", and even a PORTABLE PACKET System in a briefcase (utilizing a GLB-PK1L TNC and a Radio Shack TRS-80 portable computer.
I have enjoyed many modes of Amateur radio over the years including RTTY, AMTOR, Packet, AM, SSB, FM, and Satellite. I am most active on FM VHF/UHF repeaters and the ALLSTAR link system (see below). I also do some HF surfing with my Yaesu FT-900 when I get time.
I am also an avid SWL listener utilizing my Icom PCR-1000 receiver and Workman T734 Discone scanner antenna.
The TRASH linked repeater system (10 repeaters/sites) that the TRASH group built (and I resurrected) has also been shut down and sold due to my career move.
Everyone always asks what "TRASH" stands for.
Now you know!
(This Represents A Serious Hobby)
The original TRASH repeater (built by Dave Camp WD5HTQ/W5DBC in 1984, rebuilt by me in 1994 & 2008) has been rebuilt yet again and is now back on the air located atop the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, Texas with city-wide coverage with the callsign of KB6JYF and is node #27081 on the ALLSTARLINK system. Almost 30 years of TRASH on the air! (LOL)
Here are some pics of Dave's (WD5HTQ/W5DBC) TRASH ROOM (Dave's garage) where we (the TRASH GROUP) built up repeaters and antagonized the airwaves for years. Unfortunately, Dave passed away a few years ago. He was one of the best radio techs I have ever met and I would not have the career that I have today, if it were not for what I learned from him! THANKS! is not enough Dave (and Diane).
Here is a picture of the circuit boards I built for a discrete component repeater controller back in the '80s. (ZIA Controller design by WA7ZNY). I believe they are still in use on a repeater in El Paso. (This controller is now software-based. Wow!?)
Here is a picture of a UHF ham repeater I built that I had on the air in El Paso a few years ago. I built it ut of two EFJ P25 mobile radios and a digital controller. What is unusual about it, is that it was the first P25 Digital repeater in the area. (P25 is the CURRENT STANDARD for all Federal/State/Local first responders in the USA. Amateurs are STILL reluctant to adopt this technology, mainly due to the cost of the radios a few years ago. Now, P25 radios are really cheap on eBay now, as agencies upgrade to newer models.
To encourage digital repeater use, I handed out several P25 radios to use for free. How many repeater owners have done that?
I bet the FCC will MANDATE that the amateur service on VHF/UHF go DIGITAL in the near future.
It will probably be shortly after (or combined with) the auction of many of the amateur radio frequencies in the VHF/UHF spectrum.
** END SOAPBOX**
In 2011, My wife and I packed up everything and moved to Washington State, and we LOVE it!. There are so many things to do around here! (Most involve WINE!). By the way she hates the term XYL.hihi (or for the new generation.LOL).
Current HAMSHACK Equipment List;
HF: Yaesu FT-900AT, and G5RV-Lite inverted-Vee antenna at 20' above the roof peak of a two-story house.
I also have an old Heathkit DX-40 with VFO but haven't powered it on for years. (Kinda afraid to!)
For Digital modes: AEA PK-232MBX
Current MOBILE Equipment List;
VHF/UHF: Kenwood TMV-7a and a Larsen 270NMO antenna
HF: Remote mounted Kenwood TS-570DG* - various antennas
*Remote mounted Panasonic CF-28 Toughbook laptop with Ham Radio Deluxe to remote-control the TS-570DG. USB monitor on the dash, and wireless keyboard/trackpad. I am also working on a bluetooth microphone/headset.
I used to have APRS installed, but WHY? so I took it out.
**NOTE** Trees around here are very tall. It is tough to get antennas up high enough for good coverage, so that's why I live on a tall hill!
I currently work for Motorola Solutions, Inc. supporting Motorola ASTRO P25 trunking radio systems.
73 de W7FED (ex WA5JXY) Neil
Here is a picture of the radio installation in my old truck
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