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Station: Elecraft K-Line: K3, P3, KPA500.  Ten Tec Omni VI
Antenna: 80m Doublet at 50', 43' vertical w/ remote tuner at base, 18' 20meter vertical
Keys: Begali Signature Paddle, Vibroplex Vibrokeyer Gold, Vibroplex Original Bug, Kent Straight, etc.

First licensed as WN1RJK at the age of 13 (12-19-1972), then WA1RJK, and finally K1AY in 1974 at the age of 16.  You can see me operating my old HT-37 paired with a Mohawk receiver as a new ham back in the middle 1970s, in a picture below.

Licensed as DA1WD operating from Augsburg, Germany from 1978 to 1980.

Mostly a CW operator, but have a growing interest in the digital modes including RTTY/ FT8, etc.  I recently added the 500W amp to be more successful with SSB ragchewing! 

SKCC: #18196      NAQCC #4662

Update: July 28, 2015

Last week I had the good fortune to experience a ham radio first for me.  I operated 2m FM simplex while flying a small plane from Massachusetts to Oshkosh, WI for the annual EAA Airventure aviation convention.  We flew the northern route, from central MA over Rochester and Buffalo NY, Hamilton and London Ontario, and then across Michigan and lake by the same name on into Oshkosh.  It was awesome to sign "K1AY/aeronautical mobile".  I was using a simple Yaesu FT-60R and a tiny rubber coated portable antenna.  

I operated FM simplex on 146.52 MHz, and worked several VE3, W2 and W9 stations, at one point making a QSO covering approximately 75 miles!  We flew at 6500 feet for most of the westbound trip, and 5500 feet eastbound.  What fun!!!  While at Oshkosh, I got to operate the special event radio staion W9W (Whiskey 9 Warbird) commemorating the Warbird group within EAA.

Aeronautical Moble via N7818N

I am the author of the popular Linux book: Embedded Linux Primer, in it's second edition and although outdated, it still has very useful information for those going into embedded Linux.


Some Station Pictures

My Elecraft K-Line (Best rig I have ever owned, hands down)


My old but (sometimes) faithful Omni VI.  I used this rig as my daily rig for 20 years.  It is getting a bit flakey now.  Total shame what happened to Ten Tec. :(  (Also shows my Yaesu FT-650 6-meter all mode and my Yaesu 2-meter mobile rig.


My vintage Heathkit station and Hallicrafters RX and my newly acquired Ten Tec Argosy.  You'll hear that on SKN 2017!


Here I am somewhere around 1973 as a 14-yr old Novice using a very nice station for the time: HT-37, Mohawk rx, and SB-200 linear amplifier.  Sure wish I still had that old gear.

My station as WN1RJK in 1973 My German Amateur Radio License in 1978: DA1WD

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