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Hello! I go by "Bob" (middle name). I have been on the bands since March of 1958 and have made many friends over the years. I love CW and ragchewing, mostly on 40 meters and 80 meters. I will venture onto other bands but you can find me most times around 7.030 or 3.530 in mornings and evenings. I will QSO at whatever speed is comfortable for you but start to run out of gas above 40 WPM. I did a lot of mobile CW over the years, but now that I have retired, most QSO's take place in the comfort of my shack in our home in Hartville, Ohio. My XYL Peggy is also a ham, WB8ZPW, though not active at present. We live on 5 acres so have lots of room for wire. I currently have an end fed half wave wire that I use mostly on 80M.  For 40 meters and 30 meters I use an OB1-4030 rotary dipole (Optibeam).  For the upper bands I use a K4KIO Hex Beam.  The rotary dipole and hex beam are surprisingly good performers.

Until December 2017, my rig of choice was  the K3 with P3 panadaptor.  I love the silk smooth QSK and the very sharp filters.  However a new rig has entered my life:  IC7610!  Wow what an impressive rig.  It has (reed relay) qsk that is nearly as good as the K3 (pin diodes) and a wonderful display with remote monitor output.  The dual recievers are sensitive and quiet.  Don't get me wrong, the K3 will continue to get lots of "on air" time, but I will be switching between the K3 and the IC7610. 

I can truly say that ham radio had a big influence on my life.  I credit ham radio for sparking my interest in electronics which led me to become a EE.  I had a satifying career in the aviation industry before retiring in 2005.

I am pretty one-dimensional, don't do contests or chase DX. Just love to ragchew. I will work on that in the future. Will try my hand at a few contests just to see what I am missing, and will try to work more DX. Hope to continue making new friends on the bands for years to come. 73's, Bob

 

FOC: #2109    FISTS: #2997    CWOPS: #787    A-1 Op

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