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I got my ticket on April 17th, 2008. I've been thinking about hamming for a number of years, but haven't gotten around to it until then. I'm a member of the DCARC as well as ARRL. My first unit is a dual-mode UHF/VHF unit, and my HF rig was (sold it) a Kenwood TS-430s. 

I've been quite dormant for a while - now back into it (Fast forward to 2016). I still have my dual band rig, and this year got a nice HF rig in April - an Icom IC-736 (in the picture below).  I've never done digital before, and now that the antenna is up, I'm getting lots of signals from many different parts of the country, and out of the country too! I've heard signals (on 40m) from Jamica, Cuba, and in the states from places like WI, WA, TX, IL, and many in AZ. 

QSL's accepted on eQSL, LOTW and SASE not necessary if sending me a QSL card

I've just received my first award - NPOA Chaser 2017!  laugh

 

I've had a few contacts with hams outside the US. The most interesting contact yet...FK8DD in New Caladonia.

I've included a few pictures here of my Icom IC-736 (hamshack) along with my dual-band and the J-pole up in the attic. 

 

The HF multi-band antenna is also now up in the attic:

     

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Update! - the external antenna! The end-fed antenna is ready to go up now.. Got all the parts... 

And, recruited my daughter to help me out for what appeared to be a successful install! Hopefully these will show up in order from laying out all the parts to getting it up and 'over' the roof! :)

The Grounding work - ready to bury it up now.

The grounding work turned out my best work of all because the wife thought I'd done such a great job, that she couldn't even tell that I'd dug it up! :)

My first Hamfest! I unfortunately didn't take pictures of the hamfest, but here's the ticket/ID for getting into the meet:

 

 

My ham-radio return address labels arrived! I thought I'd spend a few extra dollars and have these made up instead of just printing them out with my laser printer on plain black toner. They actually came out pretty decent too. Thanks to the Zazzle company for doing those.

 

 

My first QSL card (for 2016 QSO's I send out to others):

 

I've now passed the General exam, and are fully licensed!  Digital mode is my preferred method, and PSK31 had really been active lately on 40m and 20m too! I've been on freq 7.070 and also 14.070 a lot mostly. 

On another subject, my other hobbies are collecting casino chips, and collecting License plates. If you have some license plates you no longer want - don't throw them out, I'll be happy to pay for your postage and you can ship them to me! Thanks! 

 

My first received QSL Card! Since I got both of these in the mail today 05/02/16 then here's a picture of both. Thanks goes out to WD9DUI, and KA0EGE for the QSL cards!

 

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Grid Squared Award#16458
Granted: 2017-07-11 13:42:02   (KZ7ZUL)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#6630
Granted: 2017-05-26 17:18:11   (KZ7ZUL)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
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