I am an airline pilot who travels all around the world. My home QTH is Portland, Oregon, USA. Due to the limited antenna space at my small apartment in downtown Portland, I usually only operate VHF/UHF from my home. I primarily operate HF from my main ham shack at my girlfriends house in Salem, Oregon using an Icom IC-7100 connected to a Alpha Delta DX-CC 10-80M antenna via an LDG IT-100 tuner. The antenna is strung up in a tree and configured in an inverted-V with the ends about 5 feet off the ground. Less than optimal, but it's the best I could come up with for my first HF antenna.
I recently upgraded my license to general class so I am fairly new to the HF bands. I haven't settled on a favorite band yet, although since I'm a night owl I've been spending most of my time on 80 and 40 meters. My other favorite mode is D-STAR. When I am home I generally monitor the WB7DZG and K7CLL repeater systems. When I travel I use a DV-MEGA connected to a Raspberry Pi and generally spend my time on reflectors 35C, 30C, and 1C. I am also on local DMR talkgroups, however I prefer D-STAR.
I am licensed by the FAA as both an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and a Unmanned Aerial Systems pilot (sUAS) and have recently been getting into recreational UAS flying. I've always loved flying R/C aircraft, but UAS flying takes things to a whole new level with the photography/videography capability of the aircraft. Flying my DJI Phantom 4 has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies. I hope to combine my ham radio hobby with my UAS hobby by using my Phantom 4 to string up antennas both at home and in the field. I haven't tried it yet as I'm still experimenting with the payload capabilities of the Phantom 4, but I plan on trying it soon.
My current shack consists of the following radios:
Running radios in the air. The airplane has 2 HF radios capable of transmitting on amature bands, but I've yet to try transmitting
My main shack and HF station in Salem, Oregon
St. John's bridge near my home QTH in Portland - taken with my DJI Phantom 4 sUAS
My QTH, Downtown Portland, Oregon, USA - taken with my DJI Phantom 4 sUAS
Departing Anchorage, Alaska (PANC) for Japan
Preparing for takeoff from Liege, Belgium. If you look hard enough you can see me in the left seat. Aircraft is a Boeing 757-200
At the gate in Dubai, U.A.E. preparing for pushback on my first flight as a Captain. A proud moment
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, U.A.E. also known as the worlds tallest building, as seen from my office. I'd love to get an HF antenna up there
Flying over one of the famous "palm islands" in Dubai, U.A.E. This is island 1 of 2. This island is bigger and just beginning development (you can see some on the upper right ring of the palm). The 2'nd "palm island" is completely developed
Current Weather at my QTH
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