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Hello from Fabulous Las Vegas 

You'll normally find me using JT65 on the 15, 17 or 20 meter bands.

LoTW and eQSL contacts are uploaded on Saturday nights.  QRZ uploaded immediately.

Technician: December 1991, General: October 2016

Rig: Icom IC-7300  Antennas: MFJ-1835 Cobweb, MFJ 40m dipole

Some Christmas presents can be so special and do not have to be expensive.  My son embroadered this hat for me which makes it very special.

Like so many hams, I got started with CB.  At the old age of 14 my parents gave me a Knightkit walkie talkie…. and it actually worked when I finished building it.  Needless to say they were not very happy to find out that you had to have two radios to communicate.  And they were so expensive, a whopping $9.95.

I grew up north of Syracuse, NY on a farm in a small community called South Hannibal.  I joined the USAF in 1969.

I purchased several cb radios over the years and continued to use them while traveling all over the states including Colorado, Ohio, Florida, and Nevada.

Retiring from the USAF in 1990, and the code requirement being eliminated in early 1991,  it was time to move up to ham radio. I passed my technician license exam in December 1991 but as things go, other priorities came about and cell phones got cheaper so in 1996 the radios were retired to a shelf.

After a divorce, 20 years in the military and 19 years in IT at the local college, I retired in 2015, living in Henderson, Nv. I dusted off the equipment in 2016 and fired them up.  It's fascinating how the coin batteries seem to go dead when radios are stored in the 100 degree heat of the garage.  So now the batteries have been replaced and the radios are working great.

As is the topic of many conversations, I also live in an area with a home owners association.  I currently have a Cushcraft AR-270 antenna on the back side of my house for 2 meters and 440.  If one looks real close when they enter my community, the antenna is plainly visible but…. ssssssh don't tell anyone.  As for HF, I have an MFJ-1835 Cobweb antenna that works very well at 16 feet and a dipole for 40 meters in my attic .

I'm working on my Extra Class license and hope to pass that test this fall. Study, study, study.

73,

Gary

                             

 

           

                                        

 

  

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N7VDS
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W7G 2017-06-24 20m JT65A DN41ae United States Special Event
F1EOF 2017-06-23 17m JT65A JN09iu France Claudy BENARD
W3WTE 2017-06-23 17m JT65A FM28HN44 United States Glenn A Laser
US7KC 2017-06-23 20m JT65A KO21wi Ukraine Alexander Dragunov
LB6B 2017-06-23 20m JT65A JP20qi Norway Ingebrigt Vibe Lunde
VK2QV 2017-06-22 20m JT65A QF56LG22 Australia Rasika Ras Liyanage
DF7EF 2017-06-21 17m JT65A JO30pt Germany Uli von Aswegen
KD8JV 2017-06-18 17m JT65A EM79QC76 United States GLENN D WINNINGHAM
JA2ATE 2017-06-17 40m JT65A PM85jh Japan Seiji Iku Morishima
W1FNB 2017-06-16 17m JT65A FN33uq United States RICHARD W GRAY
IZ4AMS 2017-06-15 17m JT65A JN54lp Italy ALESSANDRO GROMME
VK3AUQ 2017-06-15 40m JT65A QF22qf Australia Kevin L PHILLIPS
JA3QOS 2017-06-15 17m JT65A PM74sw Japan TOHRU KAMIMURA
C6ACC 2017-06-13 17m JT65A Bahamas David A. Pruett
JA8IZP 2017-06-13 20m JT65A QN03rb Japan TUNEMITUNE ISHIZEKI

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United States Counties Award#6762
Granted: 2017-06-19 19:06:02   (N7VDS)

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World Continents Award#17729
Granted: 2017-06-19 19:04:02   (N7VDS)

Grid Squared Award#16322
Granted: 2017-06-19 19:04:02   (N7VDS)

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