First licensed in 1999 as Technician Class, then moved up to General Class in 2000. (...still had to do the CW test too back then!) I operate all bands and all on phone, no interest in CW. Might go for the Extra sometime in the future,but we'll see!? I have 6 family members who are also all licensed as Technician Class Op's.
I belong to the ARRL, (www.arrl.org) the Keystone VHF Club, (www.w3hzu.com) the 10-10 International Club as # 72632, (www.ten-ten.org) the 3.938 North Carolina SSB net as #227, (http://www.qsl.net/w/wy3w/3938/index.html) and to the ECARS Net on 7.255 (East Coast Amateur Radio Service), (www.ecars7255.com) as #30377.
I have aquired DXCC, (currently at 324 worked and confirmed but still looking for more!) WAS, WAC, WAZ, and may look into some IOTA Awards as I have logged/confirmed many IOTA's over the years. I do love to chase the DX!! Hope to have a QSO with you all "further down the log!!" I am now also getting active on JT-65 and finding myself spending more time there than expected!? It took a little nudging from the local guys to do it, but here I am!!
The HF rig is an IC-746PRO with the SM-20 desk mic. The amp is an Ameritron AL-80B. Antennas consist of the Mosley TA-63N, and a Buckmaster 270' OCF dipole.I also have up a "dedicated" 60 meter dipole cut for the 5 "channels" with a perfect 1 to 1 SWR w/o the use of any tuner.
Also in the shack is the FT-8900 hooked to the Diamond V2000A 6/2/440 omni, or it can be switched to the Cushcraft A14820T beam, giving 10 elements on FM (vertical) or 10 elements SSB (horizontal) which is hooked to the 746PRO.
The Mosley TA-63N and the Cushcraft A14820T beams are mounted on a 24' mast being supported w/a thrust bearing above the rotor, which is the Yaesu G-800SA. The 2 meter beam is at 45', the HF beam is at 40'.
A peak at the inside of the "shack" 1/2/2016
Some of the "Shack wallpaper"...........
Here you can see all the antennas currently in the system as of February 2013
A view from the front of the QTH September of 2012
Snow Feb. 13th, 2014
Beams/wires/tower in rear of QTH on May 30th, 2015
Front of QTH on June 18th, 2016 (new roof installed)
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