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I received my first ticket (Novice), KN7HIL, in February 1959, followed by my General class license, K7HIL, a few months later, which I have held ever since. The temptation to get a vanity call after owning this one for 45 years quickly passed when I got my Extra in June of 2005.

I am a VE with the Laurel Group and belong to both the Catalina Radio Club and the Radio Society of Tucson.

I just replaced my  ICOM IC-7800 with a Flex 6700. The radio is driving an SPE Expert 2K-FA automatic legal limit amplifier. I use a Icom 706 MK-IIG for mobile/portable/VHF and UHF operations. I have a trusty TenTec Eagle as a back-up / second rig and a fairly complete set of test equipment. The antenna system is made up of two elements on top of a TX-455, 55 foot, tower: A 4 element SteppIR Yagi and a fan dipole or  "maypole". The maypole consists of a 160M/60M (trapped), a 75M (CW) and finally an 80M (SSB) inverted vee. I use my Palstar HF-Auto tuner on 160m/75m/80m/60m. My standby, and now Flex diversity, antenna is a Hustler 5BTV vertical.

I retired in 2010 as a Senior Fellow at a major aerospace company. My work included the design and integration of navigation systems (typically GPS/INS).

I share a couple of acres at the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in NE Tucson with my wife Barbara and our Schnauzer, Farley.

The pix below shows the shack as of the end of December, 2015. Our former buddy, Blaze, shown in the pix was struck by a car. I will post new pictures soon showing the Flex based system and Farley.

Lately taken up the "sub"-hobby of frequency measurement and have participated in the past few ARRL FMTs. A great challenge, requires both technical and artistic participation - give it a try!. The picture below shows the monitored screens during a typical FMT exercise (shack in a previous location). I have yet to get measurements on the Flex comparable to my IC-7800 (shown in pix).

 

 Antenna system shown below

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United States Counties Award#6689
Granted: 2017-06-06 05:50:02   (K7HIL)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#5551
Granted: 2017-06-06 05:48:03   (K7HIL)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#17637
Granted: 2017-06-06 05:48:03   (K7HIL)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#16197
Granted: 2017-06-06 05:48:02   (K7HIL)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Award#3181
Granted: 2017-06-06 05:48:02   (K7HIL)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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