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I've been a ham since 2004. After getting started in the late 70's with CB radio, then being an SWL for the past 20 years, I finally decided to take the test and get my ticket in 2004. However, I didn't do any formal studying to do so. I learned a good deal about ham radio by listening to the shortwave and reading Popular Communications for a number of years (and of course, visiting sites such as QRZ), and this was enough to pass the test.

On April 21, 2007 I passed the General test, and as of May 4th 2007, I became a General class operator.

My current operating focus is Digital (mainly JT-65), Satellites and Special Event stations. In Sept. of 2010, I made contact with Doug Wheelock on the ISS, the crowning achievement of Satellite communications (at least for me!). On February 7th, 2014, I was able to meet Doug - it was a great experience, and he truly is a great guy to get to know.

 

Doug_Wheelock Autograph

 

I also dabble with IRLP and Echolink (my node is #235879) on more rare occasions, which I prefer to access via radio when possible.

Current equipment is: Yaesu FT-857D HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, an MFJ-901B tuner, an Alinco DJ-596T dual-band and Baofeng UV-5Re HTs

My actively-used antennae consist of:

Dual-band Arrow antenna

MFJ-2892 Vertical antenna.

MFJ-1622 apartment antenna 

Previous and lesser used antennae are:

A Slinky antenna, a Simple wire dipole and I briefly tried a 20 m wire loop.

Check out GlobalQSL.com - I'm currently using it for DX QSL'ing.

73!

Dave Johnson

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United States Counties Award#4222
Granted: 2016-08-22 04:36:02   (KC9GHA)

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World Continents Award#1654
Granted: 2015-01-27 03:29:23   (KC9GHA)

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United States Award#406
Granted: 2015-01-27 03:29:19   (KC9GHA)

Grid Squared Award#1510
Granted: 2015-01-27 03:29:16   (KC9GHA)

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