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Originally licensed in 1992 as a no-code Technician, I was sent by the Air Force to a remote station in Alaska (Sitka Airport, Galena, AK), for a year long tour.  I lucked out and met another Ham stationed there, and he helped me work Packet radio (all the rage back then) by gating my 2m signal over his HF station, down to the lower 48.  I was really hooked, and when I returned to my home station in Illinois, I got very much involved with all the facets of packet radio, including AX25 IP over packet.  I ran a regular BBS, and served as a packet mail forwarding station for several years.  As time went on, my job in the Air Force got busier, and I was traveling a great deal.  I drifted away from Ham radio for years.

I've recently returned to radioactive status.  I operate an APRS igate running APRSIS/32 in the St. Louis metro-east area, and a digipeater covering the central portion of St. Clair county (I couldn't stay away from packet radio).  I'm active on 2m and 70cm, own a Yaesu DR1X repeater, with a Multi Mode Digital Voice Modem (MMDVM) supporting P25, Fusion, DSTAR, and DMR (WS9IDG on 444.300+ in Shiloh, Illinois), Wires-X link node, and have a DV4Mini dongle, a SharkRF openSPOT, and a zumspot hotspot running Pi-Star, and operate Fusion (C4FM), P25, D-STAR, and DMR over the Internet.  I have a Yaesu FTM-400DR, and a Connect Systems CS800D in my car, a CS800, FTM-100DR and a Kenwood TM-D710G in my house.  I also have a Motorola XTL5000, and XTS5000 to work P25, along with a bunch of random DMR and FM HTs that I've accumulated over the years.

I finally passed my General test on 4/20/16.  My HF station is an Icom IC-7300, IC-718, and IC-R75, into an 43 foot end fed wire in an inverted-L configuration up about 25 feet.  The 43 foot antenna will be changed out shortly for a 88 foot end fed, so I should be able to get on 160 meters (finally).  I've also got an MFJ-1788 magnetic loop HF antenna that will be going up in the attic soon someday.  I'm found mainly on the digital modes, FT8, PSK31, PSK63, JT9, JT65, and WSPR on all the HF bands that are active.  I'm building a portable HF station, using a CS108X and battery power.  I'm in search of a good portable antenna that won't break the bank.

I hope to work you soon, if I haven't already!

73, Greg

100 Watts and a Wire #1578

 

 

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United States Award#2618
Granted: 2016-11-13 05:38:02   (N9PBD)

World Continents Award#15342
Granted: 2016-09-25 06:46:02   (N9PBD)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#3281
Granted: 2016-07-24 18:30:02   (N9PBD)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#12562
Granted: 2016-06-03 05:30:02   (N9PBD)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
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