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Our family resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA) though our "roots" are deeply embedded in the Great Smoky Mountains area of East Tennessee near Maryville (about a hundred miles northeast of here). After a career of 33 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority, I retired in the Fall of 2007. "Retired" is perhaps a great misnomer. In the truest sense of things, I simply moved on to new adventures, travel, and time to engage long-delayed interests and hobbies--amateur radio being one of them.

While other radio acquisitions are in the works, our first "amateur" radio was a simple Baofeng UV-5R followed by an Icom IC-91AD D-STAR Ready HT. Both have their useful places in our growing "stable" of amateur radio equipment. In March 2013, we installed a new Icom 2820H D-STAR Ready radio in our truck along with two Comet B-10 antennas (to take advantage of the diversity receive function of the 2820). At the 2013 Dayton Hamvention, I added my name to the "wait list" for an Icom 7100 HF/VHF/UHF/D-STAR Transceiver and expect delivery in 30-60 days.

Normally we use RT Systems Software to program our D-STAR gear and CHIRP for the Baofeng.

Icom IC-91AD D-STAR Ready HT
Icom 2820H Oh, did I say I added an Icom 2820 D-STAR Ready radio in my truck?  We also have a second 2820 for my wife's SUV.
LDG IT-100 Autotuner 2013-09-23 Purchased a LDG IT-100 Autotuner from HRO Atlanta.
Update: July 16, 2013: Received Icom IC-7100. Also purchased an Icom AH-710 Dipole Antenna; installed on July 19th. The radio works great on D-STAR and HF both.  We now have two IC-7100's...one for my truck and one for my Go-Box!
Flex Radio Model 6700

After looking at Flex Radios for almost two years, I finally took the plunge and purchased a Flex Radio Model 6700 after seeing it again at the Dayton Hamvention. It's a spectacular performing radio. Learn more about it here.

The Flex Radio folks are great to deal with and their tech support is outstanding.

A Icom ID-51A Plus Anniversary Edition made it into our growing list of radio gear.
We've also started enjoying the world of DMR with our TYT MD-390.

To make our digital world a bit easier, we've added a ZumSpot RPi Board to our Raspberry Pi.  This enables D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, & P25 to be used on the same hotspot device.

August 16, 2014 - The big news for today is that my beautiful wife, Lynn, passed her Technician Class License at the Huntsville (Alabama) Hamfest!  Good job Lynn!

Alpha 9500 Amplifier
 
Well, we took another plunge and bought an Alpha 9500 Amplifier.
All I can say is wow!

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