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Primary modes of operation: CW and RTTY - casual contesting. Aim your beam at this little pistol! TU

Just discovered FT8, December 2017,  and like it a little better than PSK. WSJT-X, JTAlertX, Log4OM programs work great together.

I retired from the Navy after 20 years of commissioned service in 1993. I started my naval career as an aviator and soon shifted to the surface navy. My duty assignments were all very interesting and included; anti-submarine warfare, navigation, training, administration, MC&G (mapping,charting and geodesy), communications, and LAN/WAN networking. After retiring from the Navy, I worked as a contractor in various government agencies and as a data communications engineer for BAE Systems, Verizon, and, currently work for Dell Computer Corporation.

My interest in ham radio started at a young age. In the seventh grade I won first place in a Science Fair with a "One Tube Radio" project. I never learned Morse Code as a Boy Scout, even though I started working on it a couple of times. In those days, baseball and band were my big interests. Well, to make a long story short, I finally got into ham radio a few years after I retired from the Navy. I was licensed Feb 20,1999 and by then my family was pretty much grown (BTW -I have been married for over 40 years now!) and I finally had the time and resources to set up a modest station. I hold several eQSL and ARRL awards. Memberships include: ARRL, Potomac Valley Radio Club, FISTS, Laurel Amateur Radio Club, Prince George's County ARES/RACES.

My HF station consists of the following:

  • IC-718 transceiver
  • Ground mounted DXE 43 foot vertical antenna
  • 10-80M OCF Dipole
  • MFJ-994B antenna tuner
  • Ameritron ALS-600 amp
  • N1MM Logger, WSJT-X, JTAlertX, Log4OM, MixW2, and RMS Express software.

My VHF/UHF station consists of the following:

  • Yeasu FT-7900 2-meter/70cm FM transceiver
  • KPC-3 Plus TNC
  • Diamond X200A Dual-Band antenna
  • RMS Express software

Contest exchanges remind me of tactical  communications procedures that I used in the Navy. Brevity and precision were crucial for smooth naval operations, just as they are for successful contesting. Perhaps contesting is just one way for me to cling to something out of my past, but there are several  other reasons that I enjoy it too.

73, Bill

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