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I have been a Ham since 1989. Picked up my Novice, Technician, General and Advanced tickets that year. I managed to earn my Extra Class ticket in 2000 (yes, I AM a LOW CODE EXTRA).

My wife, Loree (KB7VIW), is also a Ham (no-code Tech but I'm working on her) and her call is KB7VIW. I have a daughter Heather (KE7EIO), son Corey (KD7TPS), daughter Wendy and a beloved grandson named Nikolas. Hopefully Nikolas will become a Ham some day . Wendy and Nik live near  Medford, OR. Corey moved to Oklahoma with Dad, and Heather and her husband Ivan live in Eugene, OR.

Rig is presently an Icom IC-746pro with an OCF dipole up 56 feet (on my new tower!).  We have a new permanent home with some acreage, and things are looking up. I am also active on Joe Taylor's new FT8 mode using WSJT-X, and on psk31 occasionally. I am working towards "DXCC" on FT8 and mixed other modes at the present.for the award.

Thanks, Joe, for doing so much for our hobby! K1JT wrote several new modes, not the least of which is FT8, a VERY popular mode for making contacts. It's kind of JT65 on steroids, requiring only 15 seconds per interchange via one full minute for JT65.

I am presently using Quad-core AMD Fx "black edition" computer with 16G memory running Ubuntu 16.04LTS Linux for digital modes and logging. I run FL-Digi and WSJT-X for those modes, and am working with Andy, KB1OTQ who is the guy reprogramming XLOG (a very good Linux-based logging program). Andy is also the author of Andy's Ham Radio Linux, which is a remastered Ubuntu 16.04 with a LOT of great Ham programs pre-installed. You can get a free copy via his Sourceforge page. 

I started out using a P200mmx with SuSe 6.4 Linux, with Ted Williams' (WA0EIR) Linux-based psk31 program called "twpsk". Ted's a great guy and was very helpful with my setting-up problems. He is still an active Ham, by the way.

I have been a not-so-active member of Lane County Sheriff's Amateur Radio Operators (LCSARO) over 20 years, as well as a past Vice President of the Valley Radio Club of Oregon (www.valleyradioclub.org). I am no longer active in LCSARO as I moved to Oklahoma and the commute would be brutal (HI HI). I know they miss me (but their aims are getting better!!). I am also an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Peak Radio Association, Corvallis, OR, Emerald Amateur Radio Society, Springfield OR, and Valley Radio Club  of Oregon in Eugene, OR.

I am also the newly elected Vice President of the Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas. God help us all, hah hah!

And I firmly subscribe to the tenet that "A Clean Desk is the sign of a Dirty Mind"...

I am most active on the FSAARC repeater 146.640, which is located at the top of Cavanal Hill in NE Oklahoma (which according to the Guiness Book of Records is the highest hill in the world).

Look for you down the log!

73 Jim Darrough, KI7AY

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - KI7AY
Latest Contacts for KI7AY at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
6Y6J 2018-01-21 30m FT8 FK18 Jamaica JA3 DX Vacation Group
EA9CD 2018-01-21 30m FT8 IM75 Ceuta and Melilla JOSE ANTONIO MENDEZ RIOS
EA1DR 2018-01-21 30m FT8 IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
AH6FF/W4 2018-01-10 40m FT8 EM64 Hawaii
LY5O 2018-01-09 30m FT8 KO14 Lithuania Bronius Sriubas
W3CRZ 2018-01-08 30m FT8 EN80nc United States Robert C Cartwright
IU8JCQ 2018-01-08 20m FT8 JN70CW11 Italy Massimo Iuorio
K0HAN 2018-01-04 10m FT8 DN96ot United States Michael E Hancock
N8RY 2018-01-04 10m FT8 EN66GG11 United States RYAN W FOUNTAIN
N8RY 2018-01-04 10m FT8 EN66 United States RYAN W FOUNTAIN
VE3VSA 2018-01-04 10m FT8 EN83 Canada Charles Chivers
VE3FGU 2018-01-04 10m FT8 FN04 Canada Michael Allan Toneri
WA0EBZ 2018-01-04 10m FT8 EN25 United States WAYNE J JOHANSON
N2ADV 2018-01-04 10m FT8 FN23 United States James M Shaver
KD0ZV 2018-01-04 10m FT8 EN31 United States Rich R McCabe

Book Totals: 1667 qso's   1029 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#17211
Granted: 2017-10-06 01:00:03   (KI7AY)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#7473
Granted: 2017-10-06 01:00:03   (KI7AY)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#18472
Granted: 2017-10-06 00:56:02   (KI7AY)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
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