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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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K4NO 2018-01-14 80M CW EM64ss United States GREGORY F RICHARD
K0IDX 2018-01-14 80M CW EN18AQ85 United States RONALD G BROWN
VE3GFN 2018-01-14 80M CW FN03iq Canada Michael Goldstein
WB0PYF 2018-01-14 80M CW EM48tn United States RAYMOND A MYERS
KK4R 2018-01-14 80M CW FM17sf United States ROBERT T NEECE
WA2FZB 2018-01-14 80M CW FM29JT United States ANTHONY L STARR
WI9WI 2018-01-14 80M CW EN53 United States JAMES H FITZPATRICK, JR
K4GMH 2018-01-14 80M CW FM18hh United States MICHAEL L SIMS
W5TM 2018-01-14 80M CW EM15xl United States EDWIN A GILLILAND, III
VE9AA 2018-01-14 80M CW FN66nb Canada Michael Edward Smith
K2QB 2018-01-14 80M CW FN03 United States JAMES R CIURCZAK, Mr.
K9DX 2018-01-14 80M CW EN52we United States JOHN W BATTIN
N5JJ 2018-01-14 80M CW EL29fq United States RICHARD J SCHNEBLE, JR
K7RL 2018-01-14 80M CW CN88re United States MITCH D MASON
W3EP 2018-01-14 80M CW FN31VP United States EMIL POCOCK

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