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LOTW, EQSL or QRZ only please. I like the cards but it's too much for right now. Again, NO MAIL.

I am a new ham. Getting my ticket as a General last June. I didn't like the idea of have a restricted license so I upgraded to join the Extra Class last January. This year is my first time working from a fixed location.  I became a ham operator as a means of keeping my sanity truck driving long hauls. So, I was a mobile ham first. My mobile setups work quite well.

My first radio was a Yaesu FT-100DR, VHF/UHF/WiresX, as I didn't think I'd pass straight to HF priviledges the first time, and the price point of the FT-100DR seemed like an inexpensive way into the hobby, compared to the money thrown in the trash playing with CBs. I am pleased that my CB radio days were short. Because those experiments were costly.

My working conditions consist of a Yaesu 857d with Collins 2.3k ssb filter. Using a MFJ-915 1:1 current balun, into a Little Tarheel II, controlled by a Turbotuner 2. For vhf/uhf I employ a NR73BNMO Dualband Mobile Antenna. I've used this exact setup as an OTR Truck driver, installed into a 2017 Freightliner Cascadia. I ran under my old callsigns, KC3HIL/N3XLX/AC3AH in the Big Truck.

When I bring the Yaesu into the house, I use the G5RV (MFJ-1778) into ugly balun air-choke (13 turns rg8x-4"dia.), 50ft of DXE-RG8U, followed by the MFJ-915 1:1 current balun, closest to the MFJ-939 autotuner, ending with the FT857D. 

People trash MFJ, but they've been good for my purposes. Currently using my new Yaesu SCU-17 for digital modes JT-9/JT65 and PSK31, the latter sparingly. I have the 857d and SCU-17 fully controlled by FLrig, Fldigi, and WSJT-X, CQRlog, using either hamlib/rigctrl. The desktop is the main operating machine, running Ubuntu 17.04. When I go portable/mobile, I'll take an Ubuntu laptop, as Cqrlog does not run in Windows, and I see no point in paying for software at this time, when there are such great Linux alternatives that work.

When I drove OTR I checked into all of the Nets I could, and still do from time to time.

I am a member of OMISS, and SouthCARs, but you may hear me on MidCARs, and EastCARs.

I'll listen for you, or catch you on a waterfall, or as a JT line scrolling by.

Thanks for stopping by.

73!

 

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