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I have been a ham since 1991 when I got my Novice class license and then quickly upgraded to Technician. I have been active on the VHF/UHF spectrum for most of that time as I was living in an apartment and had very limited space for antennas. On Field Day of 2015, I upgraded to General Class and shortly thereafter moved out of Seattle to a farm in Mount Vernon, Washington. My whole Amateur Radio world opened up at that point as I had almost unlimited space to put up antennas and had never really had the opportunity to experiment on the HF bands. I got myself a Yaesu FT991 and a SPE 1KW solid state amp and am having lots of fun. I enjoy building antennas and participating in the NPOTA event for 2016. I also own an FT817 and look forward to taking it hiking and making some contacts as QRP. My CW skills are pretty rusty, but I am working on getting better at it. I am also interested in working stations via satellite and have been experimenting a bit with that. I have made a few contacts through SO-50, AO-85, AO-91, AO-7 and FO-29 and look forward to many more. I use LotW to log all contacts I make.

On March 11th, 2017, I took the Extra class upgrade test and passed it easily. I have been getting into SSTV lately too. Lots of fun to be had with SSTV pictures. There are many digital modes I want to try out too.

I am currently active in the ARRL 2018 Grid Square Chase and plan to operate from several different grid squares throughout the year.....especially some rare ones. Keep an ear out for me to be looking for contacts.

If you hear me on the air, don't hesitate to say HI and talk to me a bit.

73

-Dave

Here is a picture of me activating NPOTA RC16/NP43, Ross Lake Recreation Area/ North Cascades National Park at night. I had antennas set up for 80, 40 and 20 meters...which came in handy for Field Day, later that weekend.

 

Here is Collette, a National Parks Employee. She visited my activation and was very interested in the event.

 

Here is my activation of NPOTA RS02, Ebey's Landing, on Puget Sound. I got a tan that day...and lots of contacts!

 

Here is my activation location of NPOTA HP22, Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit in downtown Seattle. A VERY noisy location, even at 12 stories up on a parking garage. I still was able to make over 60 contacts, most of which were on the East Coast, but I'm sure I had a much bigger pile up than what I could hear. My little mobile antenna did pretty well there.

Here I am, heading up to the Thorton Lakes Trailhead to activate RC16/NP43 again. Got 16 contacts just before 20 meters died. Found a great place to camp, so I'll be back to do it again!

 

Here I am, at the American Camp on San Juan Island in Washington, HP41. This was a long day of activating and adventure as my daughter and I had never been to San Juan Island before.

Here is my activation at HP41, from the back of my Jeep. There must have been a hornets nest nearby as I spent a few minutes swatting them away as I worked stations.

Here is my HP41 activation location with the ARRL NPOTA banner proudly displayed. I worked around 60 contacts along with having a great conversation with an NPS Staff member who is also a ham. This location is easy walking distance from the Visitor Center and is up on a nice hill, with Canada in the background (under the clouds).

Here is my 11/11/16 activation of HP22 Klondike Gold Rush Seattle Unit, in downtown Seattle. I used a static eliminator to try to reduce the heavy static in that area and it seemed to work on selected bands. I made a few satellite contacts too, but not as many as I wanted to. The HF activation went much better.

Here is the entrance to North Cascades National Park, in the winter time. I did an activation (RC16/NP43) in the snow a short distance away (out from under the power lines) and got 120 contacts. Band conditions were atrocious though. It was still fun!

Here is my activation location for RC16/NP43 on 12-14-16. I almost got stuck up the road a bit as the snow got thicker and the road got steeper. I had 2 deer walk past the front of my Jeep during my activation. I don't think they noticed me there.

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