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This is a photo of me from Field Day '99. It appeared in the December 1999 issue of QST. In the picture, I am sitting near Gunsight Butte at the 5,500' level in the northern Oregon Cascades mountain range. The mountain you see behind me is Mt. Hood.

This is a good example of some of my most memorable amateur radio activities: Operating Field Day from a remote location, preferably from battery or solar power, and a small, simple, QRP transceiver.  Through the years I have set up and operated Field Day stations across Oregon, Alaska, and Wisconsin.

I have been interested in amateur radio for almost as long as I can remember, and have been licensed since 1979. My original callsign was KA7FTS.  I was fortunate that my high school and college had amateur radio clubs (Crescent Valley H.S., WB7TXM, and Oregon State University, W7OSU). 

My interest in amateur radio was a significant factor in choosing to study Electrical & Electronics Engineering, at Oregon State University.  I have enjoyed more than 17 years of work in product design as an electrical engineer, including over 12 years at Tektronix designing systems and hardware for the TDS3000, TDS5000, and DPO/MSO1000/2000/3000/4000 series of oscilloscopes.

I have very much enjoyed building several Elecraft radios and putting them on the air, including an Elecraft K2/100 which is my desktop creampuff, a road-warrior K2 with an internal battery and impedance matching unit, a K1 which I use a lot on Field Day, and a KX1 for ultimate compact fun.  I also have a few good old HF radios that I still enjoy using:  Icom IC-730, Yaesu FT-857, and a Ten-Tec Century/21, my first radio.  I recently stopped by the Ten-Tec factory in Sevierville, TN while on a business trip and had a great time meeting and talking shop with some of the folks who work there.  For mobile FM I use a Yaesu FT-7900, and a Kenwood TM-261.  I have several projects in the works, including a Norcal 40-A.

My most commonly employed and enjoyed mode is CW, but you will also find me on voice and digital.

I am a Radio Merit Badge counselor for the Oregon Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America, and a member of Valley Radio Club (W7PXL) of Lane County, Oregon.

Hope to C U on the bands.

73, Andrew - KF7HB

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