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Ham radio's been my "thing" since I was 9 years old, although I wasn't licensed until I was twelve in 1952. My QRZ picture is from 1958. It shows me at home with my Collins 75A1, DB-23 pre-selector, Heathkit DX-100, D-104 mike (I still have it), Monkey keyer, homemade station control box, 2 mtr SCR-522, and borrowed Gonset 6-mtr "gooney box" with VFO and RME-69 receiver.

Although retired from IBM, I am known locally as "Dr. PC" for those who need to learn how to use IBM compatible computers or need software/hardware installation/debugging services. This picture is from NY in 2004.

The last shows my workbench-station here in florida. The AL-811 afterburner was added in January, 2012 but has now been replaced with an Elecraft KPA-500 with matching KAT-500 tuner, a TS-590 (not shown) in June, 2012, and a Flex-5000 in March of 2015 (also not shown).

I have two children and six grandchildren, none of whom are hams. My wife of 43 years passed away in early 2006 and my eldest daughter in May of 2013. I keep fit by bicycling and walking

I enjoy DXing, 160 though 10 meters, Field Day, occasional contesting, rag chewing on VHF and UHF repeaters, and working with digital modes, such as RTTY, MFSK, PSK31 and Pactor. I use LOTW, eQSL and the ARRL QSL bureau.

While living in New York, I achieved the DXCC Honor Roll (333 countries confirmed) and am still on it, although I have moved to Florida and no longer have my 60 foot tower, TH5DXX and SB-220 to add the few countries I don't have confirmed. I also hold DXCC certificates for CW(323), Phone(332) and RTTY(197). I have all 40 CQ-zones confirmed on all modes.

I am a proud Life Member of the ARRL, member of the QCWA, former President of the Rockland Repeater Association and Crystal Radio Club, and am presently the President of the Palms West Radio Club and President of the AREC67 Repeater. I was the EC for Rockland County, NY for many years and am presently active in the Palm Beach County ARES organization. I serve as the team leader for the Laurel VEC in Palm Beach County.

I've integrated my ham radio gear with my computer and can't figure out how I did it before computers! My superb logging program, DX4WIN, does most of it, including PSK31. I use MixW, FLDigi, MMTTY and Ham Radio Deluxe.

My home gear are: TS-590, Flex-5000, TS-870, Timewave DSP-59, Elecraft KPA-500 and KAT-500, WinKeyer, K-1 Keyer, Bencher paddle, KAM Plus and R6000 vertical for 6-20m. There is an attic T2FD for 30-80m. My home station computer is a HP Elitebook 8440p running Windows 10.

For mobile work I use an IC-7000 and Litle Tarheel HP antenna with a TurboTuner and a Kenwood TM-V71.

For portable operation I use a 33 foot fibreglass whip on a tripod and SG-239 tuner.

For VHF/UHF I have a TM-V71, TM-732a, FT-7800, IC-W32a, T90a and IC-228H.  For DMR I use a Quantun HT and Motorola XPR-4550 and for P25 a Motorola XTS3000 HT. I also use the IC-W32A with an Arrow antenna for satellite work and a portable yagi or Ramsey DF-1 for fox hunts.

I am now a partner in a remote station, 15 miles north of me.  It is equipped with a Flex-6500, Expert 2k-FA amplifier, Green Heron controller for a Yaesu 2800 rotator, Ameritron coax switch (modified to be remote), Winkeyer, Dell i3 computer, Tri-Ex SkyNeedle 70' tower, 2-el. 30 and 40 meter Yagi (JK 3040), 11 element log periodic antenna (JK Navassa) for 6-20m and Fritzel 80m dipole.  The software, running under Windows 10, includes TightVNC, SoftEther, SmartSDR, DDUtil and more.

 

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