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Thank you for visiting this page!  My home station includes an Icom IC-7300 and multiple handhelds.  My mobile station includes an Icom IC-5100 and a Yaesu FTM-100DR.  I also use a SharkRF openSPOT and a pair of DVMEGA's in mobile operation, which gives me the ability to connect to DStar, Fusion, or DMR (BM) via the cell phone while traveling.

The current antenna farm consists of a Carolina Windom running from my front yard to the back diagonally over the house at about 40 feet for HF, and a Diamond X510HDM for VHF and UHF.

I will send QSL cards, but would like to receive SASE to help with costs.  eQSL and LotW updated as well.

I use a Mac Pro running macOS Sierra for my primary computer, with a pair of Lenovo Thinkpads for backup and portable operation.

I typically operate SSB and various digital modes, including FT8, PSK31, DStar, DMR, NextEdge, and Fusion.

I've always had an interest in electronics.  My parents gave me some sort of "100-in-1 electronics experimenter" for Christmas sometime around 1964 which allowed me to experiment with switches, relays, buzzers, and lights.  In the tradition of "some assembly required", I remember Dad having to screw in a large number of connecting wires and contacts on the underside of the breadboard before I could use it.  Lots of fun!

I was interested in SWL and broadcast band DX'ing, and always marveled at hearing stations from hundreds of miles away.

In the 60's, it seemed like my brother and I were always dragging home whatever old radio or TV that was left along the side of the road.  Most of what we dragged home was tube-based, so lots of trips in the late 60's to the corner drug store or 7-11 to use the tube tester that was tucked away in the corner.  If the tube was marginal, sometimes we'd fiddle with the knobs to crank up the voltage on the filaments to try to burn away the oxide on the cathode and bring it back to life.  Once or twice, I remembered hearing strange popping noises - I'm sure this activity wasn't always good for the tube tester.

A friend and I put together my first kit, a Knight Kit Star Roamer SW receiver.  I still have it, and it looks beat up, and probably needs to have a few caps replaced.

Around 1969, I got my first "taste" of what B+ voltage felt like, being thrown across the room by a shock from an antique radio after inadvertently touching a wire while listening for an audio signal.

I took electronics in high school, and was always interested in amateur radio, but since I had a significant hearing loss, I always had trouble listening to Morse code.  I experienced "holes" in my hearing range, as opposed to a general loss across the entire range.  As a result, I could hear certain frequencies fairly well, and others in between not so well. or at all.

While I entered the University of Missouri - Rolla as an electrical engineering student, I changed my major to computer science after noticing the computers in the EE and CSC labs.

After leaving college, I worked for several companies.  I even worked as a computer operator for three months before becoming a programmer-analyst and eventually a systems programmer doing mainframe support for EDS.  My last career was at the corporate data center for Lowe's Companies, where I was an infrastructure engineer, specializing in asset management and mainframe support, having planned and installed several z-series machines for Lowe's.  I left this position as a result of IT layoffs - I guess they just want someone to drive 50+ miles (instead of having me on-site) if something goes wrong. smiley

Elimination of Morse code from the Technician license in 1991 allowed me to think about getting my ticket again.  I attended a class sponsored by the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, and shortly thereafter acquired my Technician license, callsign KD4QGZ.  Later, due to advances in hearing aid technology, I passed my 5 WPM code element and went to Tech+.  I also took advantage of the vanity call program and changed to K4RSG. 

In 1999, with the elimination of the 13 WPM Morse code requirement, I received my General class license.  After being laid off in 2002, I had some free time while job-hunting to study for the Amateur Extra exam.  In November of 2003, I went to Amateur Extra.

My youngest daughter is also a ham (KG4NOW).  

Since becoming "involuntarily retired" in 2016, I've had a little more time to get back into amateur radio, still learning and trying something new from time to time.  Never stop learning!

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