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Update 10OCT17 - My journey into D-Star has progressed a bit since my last update . . .  Finding it difficult to check into varying reflectors with a mobile rig, being dependent on linking and relinking reflectors on public repeaters, I ordered a ThumbDV from Northwest Digital Radio. I now have access to any reflector I want at any time regardless of the availability of a local repeater. (I know, it's not really radio, but it is still fun!) Last night I was in a nice roundtable with stations in WA, GA, OH, and London England. The English station was mobile on the way to work. Having fun hopping from reflector to reflector.

Update 02SEP17 - Recently joined the ranks of D-Star users! I picked up a new ICOM ID-5100A at the Dayton HamVention in May. Have been working hard to understand this complicated radio and the new addition to my list of amateur radio modes. It's a lot of fun to work the world from my car with a VHF/UHF rig. Now I know why all the old FM repeaters are so quiet; everyone has moved onto one of more of the digital modes! Still hoping to find the time to get my PSK-31 station back on the air. 

Update 01JUN17 - Attended the 2017 Dayton HamVention last week in it's new venue in Xenia Ohio. Was very pleased with the new location. As a past General Chairman, I was a bit worried about the move, but the team has done a great job pulling it together on fairly short notice. Talking to another past Chairman, I found out that the county has agreed to put up another building by next year's show which will have all the exhibit space inside again. While the weather was threatening, the only real casuality was the muddy parking lot. But that was a fairly minor issue. On a personal note I picked up a new Icom ID-5100A D-Star radio. Spent a fair amount of time getting it installed in my SUV and then figuring out D-Star operations. Great fun!

Update: 01SEP16 - Can't believe it! We moved again. Again, a nicer house and much bigger back yard. The new place is much more amenable to Amateur Radio operations. Hope to get my vertical antenna up and running soon so I can get back on the digital modes. The wire antennas will come next. Can't wait to run PSK31 again and finish up my WAS-Digital. I only need two states, Utah and Rhode Island, if I remember correctly. Sadly I missed th Dayton Hamvention this year for the first time since 1978! I was helping my son get settled in Florida. Turned out it was the last year at Dayton's Hara Arena complex. (They are going out of business.) Hope the new location will be suitable for the show next year.

Update: 30AUG15 - Well, we've moved again! Nicer house, bigger yard, and nicer neighborhood. Two hams for neighbors. The only downside is that I have not yet "educated" the new landlord of the value of ham radio, so the gear and antennas are curently stowed. Hope to be back on the air soon.

I was first licensed as a Technician class operator in 1978; soon upgraded to General, and then Advanced. Operated an HF fixed station continuously from one location in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, concentrating on RTTY, SSB, and Army MARS (AAT5SX), for the next 16 years. Operated on 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m. Active in the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn. (DARA), serving on the Dayton HamVention committee from 1984 thru 1990. Started as Banquet Chairman, then progressed through 2nd Asst. General Chairman and Asst. General Chairman before taking charge in 1990 of one of the world's best hamfests as HamVention General Chairman. The fine volunteers that preceded me made this task much less daunting. Over the years the HamVention has constantly innovated approaches and processes that continue to make it a show not to be missed.

Other interests include computers, photography and aviation; earned a Private Pilot certificate in 1988 with Single Engine Land & Instrument Airplane ratings. Closed active flying career in 2001 after 13 years and over 1,200 hours of logged PIC time due to the unfortunate and dramatically increasing cost of private aviation. While active, served as Club Treasurer and Newsletter Editor with the Dayton Pilots' Club (http:\\daytonpilotsclub.org), while also concurrently serving as an aircraft crew chief. DPC operated a fleet of 17 to 20 single-engine aircraft, including Cessna 150's & 172's, Piper PA28's & PA32's, and Mooney MK20's based at Dayton's Wright Brothers Airport (KMGY). This well operated and efficient club allowed those of middle income to fully enjoy the thrill of flying. It was at the time one of the oldest and largest civilian flying clubs in the world. It still exists today, but sadly only operates one or two aircraft, again due to the huge increase in the cost of aviation fuel, insurance, and flying machines.

Due to a move to an urban location with little or no room for a tower and antennas, the fixed location HF station was closed from 1994 until August, 2013. During this 19 year period, I remained active on VHF/UHF, both mobile and fixed, as well as building and operating an EchoLink node serving my local area. (And helping my XYL raise two sons.) In August 2013, after a move to a more suitable location for antennas, I dug the old ICOM IC-735 out and began to again operate HF, quickly kindling an interest in PSK31 and related digital modes. I am amazed at the ability of very low power to effectively communicate over long distances, and spend most of my operating time on 20m running PSK. I look forward to getting some wire antennas up which will permit me to drop down to the lower bands and join the digital fun there. The EchoLink node is currently off the air being reconfigured and I hope to also return it to service soon in our new location.

If you see my callsign on your waterfall, please give me a shout. I enjoy stopping to chat for a while, a habit born in my old RTTY days when it was common to carry on extended QSO's from the keyboard. I'm not chasing any awards or certificates (other than WAS-Digital), so I have time to chat.





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VA2RC 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 FN47ha Canada Fran�ois B�rub�
KF4ONH 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 EL89sn United States Paul D Smith, Jr
KF7VQO/QRP 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 EM17iq United States Gary L Roberts
W1AW/0 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 FN31pr United States Arrl Hq Operators Club
KA2RQR 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 FN23gf United States Dan H Abbis
WB2TQE 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 EL96vh United States Howard E Koenig
KF5WAX 2014-08-24 20m PSK31 EL09rp United States Steve L Carr
XE1GZU 2014-08-24 15m PSK31 DL80gp Mexico Luis Zepeda Hernandez
WN2T 2014-08-23 40m PSK31 FM29kr United States Greg C Potter
WA4EQW 2014-08-23 20m CONTESTI EL96am United States Pat W Dolby
DL5ZBA 2014-08-23 20m PSK31 JO40ju Germany Uwe Ostler
W1AW/0 2014-08-23 20m PSK31 FN31pr United States Arrl Hq Operators Club
W0H 2014-08-23 20m PSK31 JJ00aa United States Homer Special Event Station
W0H 2014-08-23 20m PSK31 JJ00aa United States Ron Bondy
AB1OC 2014-08-23 12m RTTY FN42er United States Fred Kemmerer

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