Hello and thank you for viewing my page. I retired from the USAF in 1992 after a career as a C-130 pilot took me around the world. Pictured here with my crew in Vietnam (second from right). During those flights, we used HF to communicate with air traffic control. I believe this was the root of my interest in Ham radio and I obtained a technician license in 2005 to partake in emergency communications.
Given limited time and money, I found myself mostly interested in VHF communications at first. My first radio was a Yaesu FT60R, a handy talky I still own today. That led to the purchase of a Yaesu 8900 quad band that I still use in my shack today. I have both the CR8900 antenna for quad band mobile, and have constructed a nice copper J-pole that nicely covers both VHF and UHF bands. Lately I’ve used the satellite dish antenna described in the March 2016 QST to get around some CC&R restrictions here.
My son got his Technician license this Spring and then two weeks later, successfully tested for his General license. Not to be outdone, I successfully tested for the General license in May 2016 and have been enjoying HF voice and data communications on an ICOM-718 connected to an end-fed, QSO King 133 ft. wire antenna that is draped over my roof (again because of CC&R restrictions). I use the Signalink USB for a sound card connected to my Windows 10 PC and HRDeluxe software for data communications on 10-160m. Also added an AL-811H amp to push thru those pesky pileups, when needed.
Besides data on JT65 and some PSK31, I’ve really enjoyed voice on several of the West Coast nets and have a few East Coast QSOs as well. Probably the most excitement recently was a voice QSO with Jon in Lithuania from my QTH here in Kennewick, WA on 20 meters one night and a JT65 QSO with Erwin in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ho Hum for the experienced Ham, but made me feel the $$$$ invested in the equipment was well worth it.
Another recent highlight occurred at our family reunion. I took the equipment mobile and set up a field operation out of my 5th wheel trailer. We hung a 55 ft. end fed wire over an alder tree and connected it to a 9:1 unun. The antenna tuned to most of the bands, and we were able to provide a Ham radio demo to the kids attending the reunion.
A couple of them really showed interest. And we used several handy talkies on a FRS frequency to facilitate a game of Clue that spanned most of the 5 acre facility. Good fun.
I upload to QRZ, eQSL and LOTW daily. 73
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