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I became active in Ham Radio in Dec 2016 starting with VHF/UHF as I need an additional hobby to entertain me now that I am semi-retired.  After a few months, I got the HF bug and got my General License in late Mar 2017 and had my HF rig, cabling and antenna installed and operational on May 19, 2017. Since I am very new at this, I ask your patience as I learn and invariably make mistakes.   Note that  I have had my Technician License since Nov 2005 so that I could fly my RC planes (my other hobby) on 50 MHz (added insurance to protect my 30% 50cc Yak54 Aerobatic airplane).

QSL: QRZ logbook entered after each contact. LOTW uploaded daily from QRZ log (sooner upon request).  QSL Direct: If I receive a QSL a card I will respond in kind with mine. No SASE required but if provided it is appreciated.

Setup:  

  • 2M/70cm:  Yaesu 7900R used as a base station  with a Arrow 2m/70cm J-pole in the attic at about 30 ft.
  • HF-6M:  Kenwood TS590SG feeding up to 100W an AlphaDelta DXEE 40-20-15-10 fan dipole in the attic at about 25 ft in an inverted V configuration. The lobes are oriented ENE-WSW.  The ANT OUT of the 590SG feeds and SDRPlay RSP that I use as a panadapter. I control both the 590SG and the RSP with a Dell IPS 13 Laptop with I5 core and 8GB Ram.  I mostly operate using the JT65 digital mode using wsjt-x and also operate using FT8, PSK31 and SSB .
  • RC: Futaba 9C with 50 MHz module transmitter and matching receiver. 2.4GHz and 72MHz equipment as well.

Note: The Attic installation is dictated by HOA restrictions at my QTH that we (Pam my XYL, our new Golden Retriever -Max, and I)  have lived in for the last 25+ years.

My Background:

  • Born in Calgary, Canada and emigrated to US  when I was a young boy and am a naturalized US citizen.
  • Raised south of Boston on Cape Cod (small village of Hatchville) and a graduate of Falmouth High.
  • Received BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell Univ in 1980 and started work at Hewlett-Packard in Boise Idaho that summer.
  • HP had a great educational program that allowed me to complete my MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford Univ while working full time.
  • Retired from HP in May of 2013  after almost 33 years in  electrical engineering, software engineering and system architecture roles on many different Disk Drive, Tape Drive and Printer projects.
  • Currently work part time for a small start up doing IOT cloud sensor hardware design and software for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. (A source for hobby funds :^) )

73   Andrew

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Grid Squared Award#17017
Granted: 2017-09-16 12:24:02   (KE7FIY)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#7292
Granted: 2017-09-13 12:14:02   (KE7FIY)

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