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Hello,

If you are looking at this Bio I suspect it's a result of a chat we've had on the ham bands. I've been a ham since about 1982. I built a Heathkit 2 meter radio and studied the code until I passed the technician license. Over the years I've upgraded to the Extra license that I hold now. But this was not my first exposure to Amateur Radio. My older brother was a ham when I was a kid and he got it in his mind that he could make me the youngest ham in the country. This was back in the early '60s. I think I got to the letter "L" on learning Morse code before I lost interest and went out to play with my friends. But not bad for a five year old! The funny part is that I'm now a Ham and my brother is no longer active. Although I keep trying to change that.

Currently I operate from my home, a motorhome, and my daily driver. From home I have HF, VHF and Dstar. As you can see in the photo I have a DVAP running on a Raspberry Pi for Dstar around the house. From the car I have an ID-5100 mobile which gives me VHF, UHF, and Dstar in the car. From the motorhome I'm running an IC-7100 so that covers the gamut including HF and Dstar as well. 

Running Barefoot at the Home QTH with an Yaesu FTDX 3000 For HF and a Kenwood TM-742 for Hi Band

The Antenna at home is a full wave horizontal loop cut for about 80 meters. I'm using the ladder line to drive the loop with a 4:1 balun located in the shack to convert it to coax. It works pretty well and generally I find my location to be very quiet with little or no man made noise. One of the advantages of living in Acton, CA. 

In the motorhome I'm running a Shakespeare marine vertical on the back of the coach. This is a three piece screw together antenna so I don't run HF while driving. An SGC autotuner feeds it at the base. The performance has been much better than I was expecting. I like to camp in the mountains and desert areas so even a vertical can be pretty quiet. Except for the pesky charge controller for the solar panels. That makes a lot of racket. I hope to post some pictures soon of the antenna and the motorhome installation.

HF Motorhome Mobile. Note Vertical Antenna on the Rear Corner. Tuner Located Underneath

 

Pretty Comfy Position for Portable Operations

For work I've been in the broadcast television business my entire career. Something I got hooked on in college and it's been great experience. I'm currently working for a manufacturer of graphics system used in broadcast and sporting events.

Thanks for reading. I hope to speak to you again on the air soon.

73

Mark

 

 

 

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