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I operate a 100% CW station. I am fortunate to have been elmered by an experienced operator who taught me the 'ins and the outs' of the hobby. I operate in a curteous and respectful manner and encourage other operators to also lead by example.

I made the switch over to CW some years ago when I had a bad cold and sore throat. Since I couldn't talk into the mic I took up CW and have not looked back since!

I operate a modest station in Herndon, VA during the week and a more capable contesting station in Rhinebeck, NY on weekends. I currently use both the Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS590 radios. I like to experiment with antennas and at this time I am using a 10-40 Meter ground plane Vertical (Virginia) and a 6 - 20 Meter HexBeam (New York) as my main antennas. I also have a few wire antennas for the lower bands. I try and keep my power to only what is needed for the current band conditions. I have found that as my CW skills improve I am able to chase (and catch) quite a few rare DX stations. It's not so much the power as it is the timing. I have earned DXCC on 8 Bands -  10 Meters through 80 Meters -  and just recently earned the 5 Band DXCC award after confirming my 100th DX station on 80 meters. This was all done using CW.

I am from the old school and believe HAM operators should be courteous, respectful and helpful on the air. I am a member of CWops and currently serve as the Manager of the CWops CW Academy program as well as being one of the Advisors helping Hams learn CW and improve their skills. I find this very rewarding. I have met and become friends with many new Hams and have picked up much wisdom learning new techniques from more experienced Operators.

I also love to work DX and spend a fair amount of time on the lower CW parts of 20, 40, and 80 Meters in addition to 17 and 30. I enjoy rag-chewing and multiple contacts with the same station. You can usually hear me calling CQ around 7.035 +/- most evenings. If you want a little CW practice or just a friendly person to talk to then give me a call! 

I work as a Network Engineer and am very comfortable setting up home networks, interfacing Ham equipment and various software using both Macs and PC's. I currently use the excellent RUMlogNG as my main logging program running on a Mac Air laptop.

I like vacationing in other countries and operating as a DXpedition. I will be returning to Jamaica for a second time in July 2016 and operating as AC4BT/6Y5. I was last there in July 2015.  I also vacationed in  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in July 2013 where I operated as KP2/AC4BT.

My other hobbies include Photography, Chess, Backgammon, and doing all kinds of logic puzzles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DX World Award#2955
Granted: 2015-12-06 00:55:02   (AC4BT)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#4047
Granted: 2015-02-15 19:00:04   (AC4BT)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#3422
Granted: 2015-02-15 19:00:03   (AC4BT)

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