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The name's Rob, though I'll answer to Robert, Bob, Rod, or Ron, depending how much QRN was going on when you heard my name on the air. Or sometimes I use Alan, 'cause that's my middle name and some people call me that.

If we're in the middle of a QSO and you're looking for something to talk about, you mght try: bicycles, muscle cars, fishing, local music, local microbrews (or any other beers!), small solar power systems, Mardi Gras, or physics

Some of the other things in life.

I QSL via postcards.  I'm sort of retro that way.  If you wish, I'll confirm a QSO here on QRZ.  Usually I don't bother QSLing local ragchews (80m or VHF), but if you mention it at the time I'll be glad to send a card.  (If you're not into mailing postcards, that's OK too, I'm not trying to guilt-trip anybody into sending me snail mail.  But any cards are much appreciated!)

Current main equiptment consists of a Yaesu FTdx-1200, a collection of low wire antennas, an A99 vertical, and a Hustler 6BTV.  With nothing more than the rig's 3:1 internal tuner, those cover everything from 80 to 6m.  In Wintertime I'll also string a random wire, move to 160m with an external tuner, and make a few contacts there.  PSK31 on 160m works surprisingly well.

In late 2015 I picked up a used Yaesu FT-857D and started operating /p with a 40/20 trap dipole.  I'm always fiddling with a lightweight hiking kit for HF, trying to make it lighter.  So naturally this led to getting an FT-817nd in mid-2017, which I'm adapting for backpacking.  Here are some thoughts on the two radios and how they do in the field: FT-857D & FT-817nd.

For PSK31 and other modes, in the shack there's a linux laptop with a SignaLink.  Out on the trail, I'll just use my iPhone and a Bluetooth keyboard, and audio-link to the radio by holding the microphone to the phone.  Works surprisingly well, and there's that much less gear to haul.

I live about a mile back from the Gulf in Bay St. Louis MS. That distance can vary a little, depending on the particular hurricane's storm surge. The last big one, I had Gulf front property for a brief time. Despite this occasional problem Bay St. Louis is a darned nice place, being only about an hour east of New Orleans.

When not on the radio I'm usually pedaling a bike along the beach or around a woods trail, listening to live music downtown, hotrodding the Mustang, or picking something fresh to eat out of the garden. As a side radio hobby, I like listening to the blues and jazz on WQRZ-LP, WWOZ, and on Last Radio Playing at WWCR. (Yes, that WWCR. Dig up the show times, you might want to dodge some of the other programming.) And late at night when the weather's clear, WSM's pure country music is a joy.

Well, that's all about me and the gear.  Here's the address to my blog if you want to catch up on the latest: http://coyoteswamp.blogspot.com

ps: Operating out on the Tuxachanie Trail during Winter Field Day 2017:

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