Hello and welcome!
I joined the Amateur Radio ranks back in January, 1999, as a TECHNICIAN after playing with 'CB' for a year or so prior (I confess that I had a 'CB' radio and a license in the 70's but never gave Amateur Radio any serious thought back then). I earned TECH PLUS priviledges after passing the 5 WPM ARRL code test in 1999 and I earned GENERAL CLASS priviledges after passing the 12 WPM ARRL code test in 2000; I earned my AMATEUR EXTRA priviledges in 2002. After being off HF for several years (too busy with life events) I got back ON THE AIR in late August of 2014.
To me Amateur Radio is not just a 'HOBBY' it's a privilege that comes with certain responsibilities - hours after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City I joined with many other Amateur Radio Operators from both near and far to help provide vital radio communications for the relief efforts that were underway in New York at the time. To give something back to 'Amateur Radio' I became an ARRL volunteer examiner.
My QTH is located in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Brooklyn, which is located at the western tip of Long Island [The Beginning] is also known as the 'Land of Churches'. It is the home of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Coney Island, the original Nathans, Floyd Bennett Airfield, the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team, the NY Islanders NHL hockey team and the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge which is a major gateway into NYC. Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs that comprise the city of New York; each borough has the disticntion of being a county within the state of New York, ergo, Brooklyn is also Kings County the most populous county in the state.
My HAM equipment:
Icom IC-7600 + IC-746 + IC-706MKIIg + IC-207H + Yaesu FT-8800R (Mobile) radios; Icom AT-180 & LDG IT-100 tuners; Daiwa CN-801HP PWR/SWR meter; Heil Goldline+HC-5 element - ProMicro PMD-6 headset and iCM mics; RIGblaster & RIGblaster NOMIC digital interfaces; Astron RS-35M power supply; RIGRUNNER 4005; Logitech keyboard; Diamond V2000A - Cushcraft 124-WB - BuxComm 20 Meter (rotatable) & 40 Meter (fixed) dipole antennas.
I used an A-99 antenna when I first started out in HAM radio. Using that 'CB' antenna, a 10 Meter radio and my new Tech Plus privileges I was able to work 47 of the 50 United States (Hawaii and Alaska included) along with stations from Africa, Australia, Europe and Japan and earned my 10-10 number (70655) as well.
The results I've been getting with the BuxComm dipole [pictured above], my Icom 706MkIIg running @ 100 watts barefoot and the LDG IT-100 tuner are nothing short of fantastic. Since getting back on HF I've earned a Grid Squared Award; a United States Counties award; I scored over 7300 points in the ARRL's Centennial Points Challenge; I finished 1st in the United States 2nd call area in CQ Magazine's 2015 WORLD-WIDE DX CONTEST SSB - 20 Meters Single Operator Low Power catagory (I beat my previous record of 5th in the 2014 contest) and I have over 85 DXCC phone credits logged with this set up. I can tune/work from 10 through 80 Meters with very little effort and the signal reports are very decent too considering the antenna is tuned for the voice portion of 20 Meters. I'd like to put up a tri-band beam or a commercially made dipole, but in the meantime I'll be satisfied with adding 2 or 3 more dipoles to work the 15, 40 and 80 Meter bands with a bit more efficiency.
Please QSL via BUREAU, eQSL, LoTW and DIRECT - USA STATIONS SASE appreciated but not necessary / NON USA STATIONS - SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE + $2 US CURRENCY ONLY - SORRY, NO IRC's!
73 and all the best!
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