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I enjoy operating on any ham band - as long as it's RF, it's good. I've been serving as Treasurer of 10-10 International Net since 1994.  In the past I have served in various clubs including past President of the Southern Arizona DX Association, past Officer in Radio Society of Tucson and Tucson Repeater Association, and I've been a speaker at the Dayton Hamvention and the ARRL Southwest Division Convention on numerous occasions. I'm a Life Member of ARRL and also hold memberships in various other organizations. I've ragchewed, chased DX, contested, worked nets, been involved with RACES, done public service events, operated at field day, and more - and I want to keep doing them all! There's nothing about this hobby that I have found that isn't fun, and the people I've met and friends I've made are what really make it all worthwhile.

My current primary station is at my HOA-restricted home, so I'm experimenting with various antenna combinations including indoor dipoles and a magnetic loop.  While it's far less effective than my former base station (Yaesu FT-2000D, with a 3-element Steppir beam on a small 40' tower). I'm making plenty of QSO's both DX and US even during this season of less-than-optimal solar conditions.  On low bands I've used simple wire dipoles strung from the tower or trees.  I can't deny that large antennas are always better; but I also am living proof that contacts can be made with extremely limited antennas.  I'm now using a Flex 6500 as my primary base station and find that the improved reception and wide panadaptor really helps.  I've also begun experimenting with controlling the Flex remotely from my nearby office, in preparation for a longer-term goal of establishing a remote station at another location in the Tucson area that is not antenna-restricted.

I also have mobile rigs in my cars. I change rigs often because it's always fun trying out new technologies and learning new things. That's what makes ham radio so great, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy amateur astronomy and find that many hams are also interested in astronomy. After all a telescope is just an antenna for a different wavelength of electromagnetic radiation! For more about me visit my website at http://www.kr7rk.com.

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