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Current shack as of winter 2018 spanning several decades of ham technology from the mid '60s Drake B line to the mid '90s Ten Tec Omni VI+.  I've run newer rigs in the shack but keep coming back to vintage rigs for the pure fun of keeping the old gear tuned up and running. 

latest additions include Drake TR4-CW and Ten Tec Corsair II.  Both really fun rigs to operate but worlds apart in terms of technology. 

Enjoy building and restoring gear as much as operating and have had some fun on the bench stripping down and doing a rebuild on vintage gear including the SB-200 amp, Drake B line, and Ten Tec rigs shown above. Always playing with antennas and looking for the best way to make use of a very small city lot for HF operations. 

Have had a number of homebrew antennas up in recent years including a G3TXQ version Cobweb, inverted-Ls, shack tuned Doublets and various vertical designs.  Current antennas include a ground mounted vertical and an Inverted-V Doublet with its apex up at 45' remote tuned with an LDG RT-600 tuner up on the roof. 

Picked up a Kenwood mobile rig with mobile bracket at a hamfest and homebrewed a few mobile antennas until settling in with a homebrew BugCatcher for operation from 40-10m. Mostly working 20m on longer road trips with great results. Amazing what it's like to operate with an S1-2 noise floor out away from town.

Mobile GTNP 2015

When not in the shop working on gear or in the shack operating it I'm usually outside exploring the mountains and backroads of Wyoming and the Rockies by foot, skis or bicycle often with a camera in hand.  My wife and I try to get out when we can, here's some shots from our adventures.

Mary on the Friction Pitch, Exum Ridge, Grand Teton

Spring Bike Ride, Grand Teton National Park

 

I still love a good CW ragchew, seeking out DX via SSB or CW and dabbling in contests just for the high speed excitement. A lot has changed but it's just as fun now as it was forty years ago.

You can find me anywhere from 80m - 10m at home or on the road and I'm just as happy with a quick contest QSO to fill that Wyoming WAS hole or a ragchew.

73
-Dave

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