I was first licensed in the US around 1987, and enjoyed 10m at the peak of the solar cycle with an IC-735 and a Ringo. Did not do much with radio until 2013, when the digital modes IRLP, DSTAR and DMR renewed my interest. I still have a fanciful desire to use CW, but I still have a hard time copying over 12wpm.
Finally after years of trying, I have had to admit that I am a microphone-shy ham, so digital modes work better for me. I still have a DMR HT and ID-880h with a home/mobile gateway, but I hardly ever use DMR, and use Dstar to sporadically talk to friends back in blighty on DCS-005B. Still on my bucket list is CW, which I work at still. I really could just get on the air now, but I need to work up my courage !
Recently active on HF WSPR. Got an HF WSPR spot from the Cook Islands, putting out 1w to 31' end-fed vertical, 6500km. More recently got a spot from Pretoria with 5w, 17000km on the same antenna. Cool stuff.
Now up and running with 2m/70cm WSPR with an FT-857 frequency locked with a 10Mhz GPSDO into an ELK dual bander up 20ft. There is an active group of people doing VHF/UHF WSPR in northern california, and now and then people from Oregon and SoCal come on. I'll need a bigger beam for that DX perhaps, but depending upon the tropospheric conditions, you never know !
2016 - Finally learning CW seriously after many years of dabbling. Still progressing through the alphabet at 10wpm, once that is done, I'll practice letters until I'm up to 15wpm and then numbers and prosigns. I had encouragement from a number of youtube CW dudes, so thanks to them, and joining FISTS and SKCC has helped garner my intent.
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