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I upload to eQSL and LOTW frequently. I will always respond to QSL cards received in the mail. Physical QSL cards can be a small delight in an ever increasing digital world. I can send and receive cards via the Bureau. If you send directly to me internationally, I'll send directly back to you. No SASE is necessary.

General:

I am getting started again in Amateur Radio after an 11-year vacation. SDR (Software Defined Radio), DSP (digital signal processing), and new digital techniques have ignited my interest and imagination. You will find me frequently on 80, 40, and 20 meters using JT65 and JT9. I love to have longer rag chews using Olivia 500/8 or 500/16 depending on band conditions. I am working on learning Morse Code, so hopefully one day soon I will have my first successful QSO!

I am excited to get my first batch of QSL cards printed and send out. There are QSO's I have had in particular states and grid squares that I would like to have confirmed. I designed both the front and back of the QSL card. I took the photo on the front of the card January 2016. Photography is my other hobby.

I started out with a modest setup for D-Star: an Icom ID-51A Plus handheld transceiver, a 70cm DVAP, and a Raspberry Pi 2B running D-Star Commander. I enclosed the DVAP and Raspberry Pi in a DHAP Mini enclosure so I can take my D-Star set up anywhere there is mobile service.

As pictured below, you can see I have gotten started with HF operations. I really enjoy the Icom 7300 HF radio. And I am using homemade dipole antennas while I wait for the MFJ-1788 15 to 40-meter magnetic loop antenna to arrive. Because I am on the third floor of an apartment building, I use an artificial ground. 

RFI:

The MFJ Noise Canceler has been helpful at times. I have been learning a lot about RFI! I had no idea the adventure that I was getting myself into as I got into HF amateur radio. For tools, I am using a handheld AM/FM radio, the MFJ-856 Directional Line Noise Finder, and the MFJ-5008 Ultrasonic detector. I am currently reading The ARRL RFI Book: Practical Cures for Radio Frequency Interference and the AC Power Interference Handbook by Marv Loftness. I am working with a neighbor to silence their LCD TV with an AC line filter and RF chokes. Their LCD TV is giving off broadband RFI from 1.8 to 10MHz. I have also gotten our local electric utility to replace two sparking insulators and one burnt out street light across the street. There is still broadband noise that I have yet to identify. I am down to S7 to S9 white noise depending on the band. I can identify no structure to this white noise. I am continuing to investigate it and will hopefully make progress on resolving it. If I don't hear you as well as you hear me, RFI on my side is likely the reason.

I am working with a friend and fellow ham to resolve his RFI problems. We worked together to get our electric utility to replace one sparking insulator and one hot wire that was dangerously and loosely connected on another electric pole in his front yard. We also identified a problem with his hot tub and a long CAT5 ethernet cable. We are still tracking down RFI problems at his place, but we have made significant progress!

Continuing Journey:

I continue to read and learn even though I have my Amateur Extra license. The learning journey has just begun. Eventually, I hope to contribute to new and better digital modes. I have a lot to learn, but my professional background in software development will be an asset in my endeavor. :)

 

 

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