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ALOHA from Paradise

 

Please Note - I Use LOTW

 

My name is Bob and I am on Oahu. My primary modes of operation are CW and JT65A/FT8. So far over four hundred Top Band JT65A QSO's are confirmed on LoTW with over two thousand more on 80 and 40 meters.  Since January 1, 2017 I have earned DXCC (Digital) with 200+ countries confirmed as well as WAS (Digital).  The new mode FT8 has promise - much faster QSO rates than JT-65A.  I have several hundred FT8 QSO's in the log and climbing. 

Here are some pictures of my radio shack.

First is my Top Band operating position. I use the Apache Labs ANAN 10E as my primary 160 meter radio and it is also my contest transceiver.  What an AWESOME radio! It will not over drive my homebrew amp that uses a pair of BLF188XR LDMOS transistors. 2 watts of drive gives me full legal power output.  A short note here, just because an amplifier can run 2 KW or more doesn't mean you run it at full throttle.  A clean few hundred watts beats a four tube 572B amp struggling at a thousand watts and showing IMD all over the spectrum as it goes into compression.

The Apache Labs ANAN 10E (tucked in beside my amp on the far left) impresses me more and more every time I use it. For digital modes and CW you can't beat SDR. Also, the Apache Labs Pure Signal feature makes SSB cleaner than any other transceiver in the world.

Below, sitting on the upper left, is my ANAN 100D, a super powerful SDR again with Pure Signal. It is a killer radio, better than any Flex I have used and I have used them all.  Good value for money, new or used! The FT-450 in the picture below is my last hope standby rig - not very good selectivity but OK for digital modes.

Along with my pair of ANAN radios I also have a pair of the Flex Radio 1500s and use them in receive only with Omnirig as a second SDR receiver for my legacy radios. SDR is the ONLY way to go if you are a serious DX or Top Band operator. For contesting, the ANAN radios make S+P a breeze! (My radio shack is called the wireless room but you will notice there still are plenty of wires at both operating positions!)

 

 

HISTORY

About thirty years of the fifty plus I have been active have been exclusively on CW. Now I am also on RTTY and Digital Modes (JT-65A and FT-8) in addition to CW and occasionally I use SSB mostly for local nets and a phone contest now and then.

I received my novice license in 1962 and was issued the call sign WN0AGF. Later I upgraded to Extra class in 1971 and took the 20 WPM CW test at the FCC office in New York City.  Not just code - FCC code, it had to be written in pencil and was graded by an FCC examiner who must have been a hundred years old.  Then I had to send 20 w.p.m. using a hand key.  It was a really tough way to upgrade!.  I guess you can call me a real old timer.

Amateur radio led me to my profession which for the past thirty or more years has been a telecommunications consultant working all over the world. My interest in amateur radio also prompted me to obtain postgraduate degrees in electrical engineering.

Over the past half century in amateur radio my most difficult accomplishment was 160 Meter DXCC #269 issued in 1985 a long time before DX Summit, DX chat sites, and all of the "assistance" available to Top Band DXers now.  You just listened and listened some more, all night every night. Now it is a lot easier to gather a hundred entities and have them confirmed. Some new Top Banders do it in a year - awesome.

My previous USA calls: WN0AGF, WA0AGF, WB5GZB, KV4IG (USVI), WB1GDQ, KF1O, KY0C

My previous DX calls: G4VGO, 9V1GO, YB5AQB, 9M1/G4VGO, G5EPD, 9K2/KY0C, YI9CC, EI7IU, SV0BV, JY9BV, LU/KY0C, SM0/G4VGO, 4X/G4VGO.  You gather a lot of call signs when you have lived outside of the USA for more than 30 years and built all kinds of networks on every continent but Antarctica. 

Please note:  If you would like a QSL it will be via LoTW - I QSL 100%- If we had a QSO from any of my DX locations please send your card to OK1DOT - Petr who is my manager for all past DX activity. Your QSL confirmation is also probably in LoTW as well.  

CU on the bands!

 

 

 

 

 

A final word - liberals please look the other way - the following is for adults only!

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