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I became interested radio & DXing at the age of 19 and received my novice license in 1987. Getting my feet wet with HF CW and enjoying the newly granted SSB privledges on 10 meters. Set up shack in the garage with a Heathkit HW100 bought for a $100. It's glowing tubes warmed cold hands numbed by pounding brass in the Idaho winter. Antennas were just a simple dipole for 40/15 meters and a converted CB ground plane on 10. By summer of  '87 upgraded to general class and received the call letters N7JJS.  Convinced to get on 6 meters by WA9WSJ, bought a new Kenwood TS680s and homebrewed antennas for the 1988 Es season. Once bitten by the 6 bug there is no repellant.  With the solar cycle peaking and F2 starting to show it was easy to see why six meters earned the nickname "Magic Band".   I became a radio operator for the US Air Force which took us to Louisiana. Here I added 2 meter SSB to the shack. During June of 1995 I operated 6 and 2 meters from England.  Frequent sporadic E and scanning the conglomeration of VHF frequency allocations in the different European countries was a memorable experience. In 1997 moved to the gulf coast of Florida.  Still signing N7JJS, decided to get a callsign to stop contacts from inadvertantly turning their antennas west. I blamed this for the frequent loss of signals before completing a QSO. Turns out it was probably just the band.

 From EM32 WAS on 6 meters was accomplished in the first 3 years, and 81 countries in the 6 yrs in Louisiana. On two meters - 36 states & 4 countries all by terrestrial modes using 160 watts and 12 element yagi at 55 ft.  EM32 was a great location for VHF DXing.

From EM60 I've scaled back with lower profile antennas and have been experimenting more with FM broadcast band DXing. Previously FM band use has been with a wideband PRO2004 scanner. This is an excellent indicator for upcoming 2 meter Es conditions. More sensitive and selective tuners for 88-108 MHz with directional antennas improved reception and therefore identification.  Using a recording program on the computer and line-in audio from the tuner helps in identification. As of 2015 42 states have been received by identified FM band DX,  5 Canadian provinces, all of Mexico except Baja, much of the Caribbean and most of Central America.

I occasionally enjoy setting up and operating radio in remote locations which was also part of my military career. Occasionally still set up portable for VHF contests.  Have operated from DN12 Idaho, EM33 Arkansas and for June VHF QSO party 2013 from EM61 Alabama using a homebrew portable solar power unit.

 

Best 73 & good DX

 

 

 

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