I primarily enjoy CW and contesting.
My station consists of two Elecraft K3 transceivers, an SPE Expert 2K-FA linear amplifier configured for SO2R, as well as a QS1R and an Elecraft K2 for portable operation. Antennas: Inverted L w/ FCP for 160 and 80 meters, a 1/4 wave vertical and low dipole for 40m, and an EDZ cut for 20m which I also use on 15 and 10 and the WARC bands. There will soon also be a BOG aimed at Europe and a broadband delta loop for RX.
The QS1R receiver is primarily used with CW Skimmer Server. If you are curious about propagation or DX, check out the RBN. I also enjoy occasional use of the JT modes, RTTY, and WSPR2. The spot search tool on the RBN website is very interesting as well.
I'm a big fan of Elecraft gear. I have also recently had the chance to use the Flex 6000 series gear at K9CT and it's also superb. I particularly love the 50Hz CW filter on the Flex which has no ringing, and also the wide noise blanker.
If you enjoy contesting, I made a tool for monitoring your run frequency in real time at nq6n.com. It waits for new spots, so in a contest it migth take a few minutes to "warm up" and correctly show your signal compared to your neighbors. I find it helpful in determining the quality of a run frequency.
If you like CW, check out the NCCC Sprint Ladder, a short 30 minute contest every Thursday night that attracts some of the best CW contesters in the world. Also, check out the Phone Fray on Tuesday evenings and the CWOps CWT on Wednesdays. I'm usually around for the 0300Z session.
I have been fortunate to have some great mentors/elmers in ham radio over the years. Those include: K8MJZ, AA8U, KC8EK, K8CC, N8CC, K8AQM, K8SMC, V31BB and N6RO. Years ago when V31BB passed away I was given his Vibroplex by his family. It recently came to my attention that someone had captured some recordings of V31BB's iconic operating style.
I'm working on some SDR technology in my small amount of spare time. I hope to have some updates here in the future.
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