I got my Novice license in 1959, and got on the air with a Collins 75A-2 receiver and WRL Globe Chief Deluxe CW transmitter. I upgraded to General in 1960 and added a screen modulator and VFO for AM phone. I then traded for a Collins 75A-4 and got a Central Electronics 100V for SSB, using a Mosley TA-33 Jr beam and a folded dipole. I was active through the 1960s (using the club station at Brown University), but my career in computers took over and I unfortunately let my license expire.
In mid 2003, I re-tested and got back on the air using my original call K0ZXU as a vanity call. I upgraded in 2006 and got vanity call K6XZ. Finally in 2009, I was able to get this call.
My primary HF station now is a Kenwood TS-2000, sometimes with an Ameritron ALS-600 amp. I enjoy both SSB and PSK31. One HT is also a Kenwood -- TH-D7A(g).
I enjoy D-Star Digital Voice. At home,I've set up a small repeater using a Star*Board Node Adapter and DUTCH*Star WinDV software. Some people would call this a full duplex D-Star Hotspot. An ICOM 91AD talks to the hot spot. I use an ICOM ID-800H D-Star radio in my car.
I am alsoenjoying QRP with my FT-817ND and the NUE-PSK Digital Modem. I sometimes take them to the field using a Pacific Antennas PAC-12 ground mounted vertical.
I now have four functioning HF stations in the shack:
My other hobby is showing my dog (Hungarian Puli sheepdog). I find there's almost no cross-over of interest among people in each of these hobbies, which maybe is good!
Check out my website at http://www.k6jm.com for more, including photos of my boatanchors and my showdog. Also check out the website of my company, MoenComm LLC, at http://www.moencomm.com, where I sell the Star*Board D-Star Node Adapter.
I was off the air for over 33 years, but I'm back and very happy to be having fun again with this great hobby.
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