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A request for all active hams to update email address and such on HAMQTH.com as it is the most friendly site for blind hams that use the JAWS system.  QRZ and others have so many flash adds that it confuses the reader software and is very inefficient.

 

 

Mostly I spend my time on HF but I am always monitoring the 145.175 D-Star repeater that is owned by NARRI as well as my personal All-Star node '46547'

 

 

 

 

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**100 Watts and a wire ID - 1617,OMISS ID - 10925,

Digital Modes - PODXS ID - 2551,Feld Hell ID - 5846**

  

 

 If you take the time to send a QSL to me, I will take the time to return one no SASE required, I see no reason for someone to have to pay for getting a card in return after they sent you one in good faith if inside the USA of course.  I understand out of country exchange rates but think it is obnoxious to charge someone for sending a card that already sent one to you.

 

I'm a visually impaired operator originally licensed in New Jersey as N2OEU when the no code license was introduced. Upgraded to a Technician plus after passing my code test at 5, then the 13 wpm in the same session. Moved to North Carolina soon after that and forgot about it. Cleaned out my wallet and found  my CSCE for the code and realized I only about six weeks left before it expired.  Studied a few weeks and passed my General while living in North Carolina and took the vanity of W4ADL at that point.  Since I was living in North Carolina I wanted a "4" call.  While living in North Carolina I was heavily involved in all assets of emergency communications with the local ARES/RACES/CERT and especially SKYWARN as a spotter and Net Control operator.   A volunteer firefighter as a Training Officer then Assistant Chief for several years. 

 

Now permanently a North Las Vegas resident I have just received a "7" call sign. I guess I am of the old way of thinking that the designator should match your actual location.  My new call sign as of 6/10/2017 is "NO7E". When I saw it was aailable I applied as it was close to my original call sign from (N2OEU) New Jersey. 

I am not a contester but I do love working all types of special event stations.  I appreciate the time and effort all of those operators put into setting them up and using thier personal time and money to get the stations on the air.  

 

 

 

The above images were downloaded with less than optimum conditions during the July 22-24, 2017 International Space Station Celebration of 20 years of Amateur Radio aboard the ISS.  They could have been better if not for using my ICOM IC-9100 and a vertical antenna (non directional) Diamond X200A but came out better than I expected. 

 

I am currently a member of SATERN.org The Salvation Army Emergency Radio Network.  The ARRL, I received my VE accredidaton in March of 2017, The Henderson Amatuer Radio Club  and The Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club.  I am also a member of  OMISS, PODXS PSK31as well as a few other digital groups.  

When I moved to Las Vegas in 2004 I became inactive up until June of 2016. I passed my Extra on July 2, 2016  

 

I am jenjoying the HF digital modes.  PSK31 has been my favorite due to actual conversation. I do a lot of FT8 when the bands are dead but truthfully it feels "hollow" due to the automatic connections and no real communications.  Before getting back into the hobby the only digital mode I ever played with was on 2 meter packet radio with an old Kantronics KPC3 that has been lost as explained below.

 I freely admit that once I passed my code test at 13 WPM I hit a block at 15 and gave up even trying back in 92.  I did not care about the code and had no interest in it at all.  This has recently changed however, I have been "relearning" the code because I want to say I conquered it.  The more my vision goes away the more important it will become as other digital modes will be all but impossible once I am fully blind.  I still have some vision in my right eye (15%)  and use a 42 inch LCD TV as a monitor for controlling my rig as well as everything else.  Getting the code in my head the proper way will let me be active without needing the display.  I am currently studying using my Android tablet and a program called "Morse Mentor" that is free but I did purchase a license to get rid of the ads and support the developer because it is a great program.  I have it set to send the code at 30WPM with 6WPM spacing, it uses the Koch method with Farnsworth timing so it is the best of both worlds.  It will not let you advance until you get at least 90%, but I am a little stubborn (A lot if you ask my YL), so I keep going until I get 100% before I move on to another letter.   I am also scheduled to take the course on  https://www.cwops.org/ in January, CWOPS comes HIGHLY reccomended by people that are serious about learning the code properly.

 

Current Rig Info:  ICOM IC-7300 for HF and an ICOM IC 9100 Satellite rig covering HF, 6, 2 Meters all mode 100 Watts, .70 CM 75 Watts.  D-Star Module installed.  None of any of this would be possible at this point if not for the note below about my original Elmer.  Thank you Roger for everything you have done, you did not have to do any of it but you did and it means a lot to me. 

 

Antennas: Alpha Delta DXCC for 80,40,20,15,10, and a Diamond X200A for 2/.70 CM

Newly added "October 2017" LDG AT 1000 Pro II automatic tuner with the optional analog meter.  The addition of this tuner has made it possible for me to use the Alpha Delta DXCC on 60, 30, 17, and 12 as well the intended bands.  I realize it is not nearly as effective as having an antenna that is resonant on all bands but with limited space you do what you can to get on the air.  If you don't believe me check out a good friend of mine David KB9EWG's QRZ page, he lives in an apartment and works the world on digital and CW modes on many different bands.  He is proof that if there is a will there is a way no matter what the HOA's say. 

A special thank you to Roger KW2Q that has been A huge help and an awesome ELMER since I got my license back in 91.  Especially since I lost over $10k worth of equipment several years ago to a fire that put me off the air for over 12 years.  Without his assistance I would not be on the air right now.  


 

 

 

 


 

 

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