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First licensed at age 12 in 1961 in upstate NY.  I knew even then that I was to be an Electrical Engineer.  Graduated from Clarkson University in 1970 with a BSEE.  As I took ROTC I went into the Army Signal Corps for what I thought was a two year tour.  One interesting assignment led to another and I retired from the Army in 2010 after 40 years combined service (active duty and Army Civil Service engineer.)  I worked in the electronics field the whole time.

Now I am retired and still enjoy tinkering with radios and antennas.  Over the decades I have played with most aspects of ham radio.  CW, RTTY, chasing DX, VHF and UHF contesting, working the early OSCAR satellites, packet and the newer digital modes.  There was never a time when there wasn't something fun to figure out.  I now live on top of a hill in Central Texas.  It's a great radio location, being an acre at approx. 1200' elevation and 300' above average terrain.   My current antenna is a 66 foot OCFD up in some trees at about 25'.  But it serves my needs for now.  I also have a Solarcon A-99 vertical base antenna on a 15' mast.  I bought it primarily to use with the local 10 meter nightly ragchew, but I find it works well on 10, 12, 15, 17 and even 20 meters with the tuner.  I have worked quite a few DX stations with it, and am using it a lot on those bands with digital modes.

I am hooked on the new digital modes.  I really enjoyed JT65, and worked all states and a lot of DX.  I also started using Olivia for some special purposes, and played around with WinLink2000 and Winmor.  Now FT8 has taken the bands by storm and I almost have 5 band WAS on FT8.

This year my primary interest is on portable operations and antennas for field day and other emergency situations.  I have been using a BuddiPole for the last few years in many different configurations, dipoles, verticals, 6 meter 2 element yagi, BuddiStick, etc.  I find the BuddiPole system just amazing.  The performance of every set up I have tried exceeds my expectations.  I've gotten to where I can put up a guyed, 18' mast configuration in about 15 minutes.

Primary Station

Yaesu FTDX3000

Kenwood TM-V71A

Powerwerx power supply, various switching and metering and a 80 AH gel cell battery for UPS backup.

Dell Computer with dual displays and UPS.

Antennas

Antron A-99 vertical @15' for 10, 12, 15m

OCFD @ 25' for 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, 30 and 40 meters.

72' end fed wire sloping from 8' at the feedpoint to 25' in some trees.

 

Go-Box

IC-7200 HF Transceiver

LDG antenna Tuner

Kenwood TM-V71A dual band transceiver

KPC-3+ packet modem

Powerwerx power supply

Meter and accessory panel, LED gooseneck lights

All in a 6U Gator box.

Mostly using a BuddiPole or an end fed wire as a field antenna.

 

When I found out that the ICOM 7200 was being discontinued I quickly bought another one before they were gone.  I now use that as my simple, "picnic table" portable rig.  That and a BuddiPole or BuddiStick and I can set up almost anywhere.

 

Toolcart Mobile!

 

 

Corpus Christi

Picnic Table Portable.  (I worked Scotland, France, and several US stations that windy morning on 17 meters with that BuddiPole in the vertical configuration.)

 

Rest Area Portable.

 

 

 

William, my (then) one year old grandson, learning the ropes of ham radio early!

 

 

Wanna bet he gets licensed early?  smiley

 

Hope to see you in the log.  I use LOTW, eQSL and QRZ.

73

 

 

 

 

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DX World Award#4769
Granted: 2016-11-25 14:46:02   (KD6UY)

United States Counties Award#194
Granted: 2016-07-19 00:32:08   (KD6UY)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#1488
Granted: 2015-10-06 23:25:02   (KD6UY)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#7573
Granted: 2015-05-15 21:40:02   (KD6UY)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    6 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#8943
Granted: 2015-05-15 21:40:01   (KD6UY)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10M Phone
  • 15M Phone
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
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