I was originally licensed at age 12 in 1979 as KA8HJN. I discovered ham radio via a curiosity about Morse code. My first rig was a new Heathkit HW-8 I got for Christmas while I was 12 years old, and I built it with a soldering gun. When I upgraded, I changed my call to N8CID, and when the vanity call program came out I dropped the "I" to become N8CD.
I'm mobile on 6m, 2m, 70cm with an FT-8900, a Yaesu FTM-400, and an Icom ID-880H in the car (I run 2 out of the 3 and trade them in and out of the car) for FM, Yaesu Fusion, and DStar. Portable I use an ID-31A for DStar and an FT1D for Fusion and FM. I'm doing a little dabbling with DMR also, with a Connect Systems CS700, and am on the wait list for the CS7000 multi-mode digital portable that is forthcoming.
An Linux PC runs FL-Digi, JT65-HF with Wine, and CQRLog for the ham radio duties. I don't have anything against Windows, but open source software and Linux seem to fit into the spirit of ham radio better than Windows. I use it wherever I can in the hobby. I'm currently using Linux Mint 17.1, but switch around to other distros when one catches my eye.
I look forward to seeing you on the bands!
Here's a couple pictures of the shack. All the antennas run in through the board on the wall, which has well grounded lightning protection and grounding antenna switches on every run.
Here's the shack as of March 2015
Here's a recent project I put together - a CW memory keyer using an Arduino Nano board and plans and software from K3NG. His project is fantastic! I built it into an old Heathkit HD-1410 keyer case to give it a vintage look. I'm (obviously) not a metal worker, but in the end it turned out pretty good.
Be sure to check out the small club we have in the area which runs a low profile DStart repeater and an APRS node. More info is here: http://ke8abm.club/
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