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I entered the amateur radio world as General class licensee in August 2015.

New Ham

September 2015: Passed the Amateur Extra exam!

November 2015: Now an ARRL VE (Volunteer Examiner).

January 2016: Survived my very first CW QSO on 40M HF with CW nut VE5SDH in Regina, SK, Canada!  Thank you Summer!!!  I'm currently working at increasing my proficiency and speed at CW.

May 2016: I'm NOW on D-Star!  I dove in headfirst, climbed up that steep learning curve, and have setup my very first Raspberry Pi (a model 3B) with a D-Star DVAP USB Dongle hotspot using D-Star Commander software for use with my Icom IC-7100.  Great fun!

A little about me...

Back in the early 1980's I was an 05B10 Radio Operator in the US Army and I had to learn Morse code at 15 wpm.  I never used CW after training, lost the few CW skills I had, so recently I pretty much started over from scratch learning CW again.  Why learn CW?  Because it's fun, different, and a challenge!


After being a Radio Operator in an artillery unit at Fort Sill, OK, I volunteered for US Army Warrant Officer helicopter flight training program and graduated January 1983 as a 100B Aeroscout pilot.  I flew OH58A Kiowas (the Army's version of the Bell Jet Ranger) in an Attack Helicopter Battalion, then flew UH1H Hueys in a Medevac unit at Fort Lewis (now Joint-Base Lewis-McChord) in WA state.

Years later I built and flew my own gyroplane from scratch (a GyroBee designed by Ralph Taggert).  This is me coming in for a landing on a dry lake bed near Summer Lake, OR:


I'm a member of:

Pacific County (WA) Amateur Radio Club

Western WA District 3 ARES

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) #14709

Fists CW Club #17569

North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) #8116

Current radios:

2m / 70cm

Kenwood TM-V71A mobile

Alinco DJ-500T HT

Icom ID-51A+ HT

160m - 70cm

Icom IC-7100 mobile / base

Current antennas:

2m / 70cm

Comet GP-1 vertical

40m - 10m

EFHW-4010 end-fed half-wave wire antenna

80m - 10m

EFHW-8010 end-fed half-wave wire antenna

80m - 6m

W1SFR End Fed 35' long random length wire antenna

60m - 6m

Buddipole portable dipole antenna system with 16' mast and tripod base

Current other "essential" toys:

D-Star hotspot 1: Raspberry Pi 3B with a DVAP USB Dongle

D-Star hotspot 2: Raspberry Pi 3B with a dual-band DVMega board

Nano-Node IRLP / Echolink micro computer with built-in repeater

Tigertronics SignaLink USB sound card radio interface

Coastal Chipworks TNC-X terminal node controller

LDC IT-100 auto antenna tuner for Icom radios

RigExpert AA-170 antenna analyzer

Palm Radio CW Mini Paddle and PPK straight key

American Morse CW Porta Paddle II

My lovely wife (KI7HDR) and I are retired full-timer RV'ers.  We spend our summers on the SW coast of Washington state and our winters boondocking down in the desert north of Yuma, AZ.

Throughout the day I monitor various reflectors and nets on IRLP, Echolink, and D-Star.  My favorite net is the "Good Morning" net found on IRLP reflector 9618 / bridged to the Echolink *FRIENDS* conference server.  I'm currently one of the Net Control Stations there.  The net airs Mon-Sat starting at 15:00 UTC (7am PT / 10am ET) and runs about 2 hours.

Please feel free to give me a shout anytime on D-Star XRF002A, IRLP node #3871, or Echolink node #38712.  I'm usually monitoring one or all of those.

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