(From January 7 to April 26, 2017, Dave will be located in Discovery Harbour (Na'alehu), Hawaii, U.S.A. in grid square BK29EA as K6WDE/KH6. Aloha and Mahalo from the Big Island!)
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10-10 Net: #77164
2 meter Bozo Net: #557
(3/19/17) I am 'attempting' CW after taking the level 1 CW Academy class, so apologies if I flub our QSO. Please be patient with me!
K6WDE, (William D.) "Dave" is an Extra class ham. I earned my Technician Class in May 2011. Thanks to Gordon West and the Central Mountain ECS group in the Lake Arrowhead, Ca. area, I read the book, attended the weekend class and passed with flying colors as KJ6OXF! I earned my General license in September and went with a vanity call sign. In June 2012, I earned my Extra ticket.
I have the best of both worlds, my wife and I live part time (summer-ish) in Running Springs, CA. and in Discovery Harbour (winter-ish), on the Big Island of Hawaii.
My tiny shack (in my daughter's room, eventually . . . mine) has Yaesu, Kenwood and Baofung HTs, an Elecraft KX3/KXPA100/PX3 for QRP/low power and a brand new, Icom IC-7300 for mobile and base station use. Going portable and QRP with the KX3 means that the antenna is everything! In the near future, I hope to do some SOTA activities on local peaks in SoCal and on Hawaii.
In Running Springs, I run a Maple Leaf Studio 40-6 meter OCF Dipole/Windom or a 80-40 meter 110' doublet with a Balun Designs 4:1 balun. They are oriented in different compass directions.
While in Hawaii, I was condo-antenna "challenged" but no more, time to explore some wire options. I use a homebrew 135' 40 meter horizontal skywire delta loop and an 80-6 meter inverted V ladder-line fed doublet. For portable use, I use a Packtenna EFHW or an EARCHI 30' wire EF random wire with a Jackite 10 meter pole, an AlexLoop (mag loop) or a SuperAntenna SP-1 to reach out! All have their strengths and weaknesses in a variety of conditions.
I am on PSK-31 (with Fldigi), JT9/JT65 and WSPR (with WSJT-X), D-STAR (via my DV Dongle), UHF DMR and Raspberry PI applications to amateur radio.
I am dual platform, both Windows 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite. I prefer the Mac though.
In 2012, I retired from teaching math in the public school system. I taught for 18 wonderful years in 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades focusing on math and science. Prior to that I was an Aerospace Engineer (17 years) with a company called TRW. My tech background is definitely being challenged in retirement.
Mahalo and 73,
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