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January 13, 2016 update:

I'm going to have to update this page.  In the past few days I've sold my Icom 706 Mk-ll, the DV Access Point dongle, the Buddipole, and a LDG autotuner - all thanks to the qrz.com swapmeet forum, specifically "Ham Radio Gear for Sale".   I'll be changing this bio in the coming weeks with my new station and operating information, once I have some more time (who am I kidding, I've got time - I just need a boot in the ass to get it updated).  And I'm still operating mobile, having recently installed a Kenwood TS-480HX in my pickup, which is now what I'm using for HF with the Tarheel screwdriver.  At home, I'm using another method to access the D-STAR system, it's the DV-MEGA which is nestled just on top of a RaspberryPi making it a nice small package tucked away out of site, as I've installed a  USB WiFi adapter in it, so that it doesn't need to be cabled to the router.  I rarely use the Icom 7000 at home anymore, as we now live in a gated community, and I haven't quite worked out what sort of permanent antenna I'm going to put up - due to restrictions on what we can do outside our home, I'm going to need to be creative about it.  If you happen to work me while I'm at home, I've probably erected the Spiderbeam Pole and hung my HyEndFed 3-band wire from it, and will be taking it down shortly afterwards.  It's an adventure, so that adds a bit of excitement to this hobby.

I've just recently added an Elecraft KX3 rig to my equipment list.  I've sold the Icom 7000, as I knew I wasn't going to be doing much HF work from my home QTH - just too much QRM.  So now when you work me, it's a good chance I'm using the KX3, and running less than 10 watts.  So I really have to THANK YOU! (in capital letters, because I really mean it) for giving me the opportunity to work you (in actual fact, you're doing all the work, trying to pick up my feeble little signal).  I currently use a really good long wire antenna, to give me the best chance of being heard - I have a beautiful community park about 10 minutes walk from our home, and the large trees there give me the best antenna supports I could ask for - large tall Ponderosa Pine trees, with branches all over the place.  I use an arborists throw line kit, and with a bit of luck, can get a small rope anchor up about 20 to 30 feet above the ground.

I'll add more pictures and add further updates eventually.  Hope to meet you on the radio one day.  

September 21, 2017 update:

Add an Allstar Node: 45868 Frequency 434.850 MHz (tone required).  Low, low power - for personal use around home.

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I like to call myself a typical amateur radio operator, and live here in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. I'm typical because I have bits and pieces of equipment acquired over the years, some of which I use frequently, other "stuff" sits around collecting dust, or tucked away in some storage container, rarely ever seeing the light of day.

Quite some time ago, I started with this hobby with great enthusiasm, then slowly left it as other responsibilities demanded my time. I never completely quit the hobby, though, and have followed with interest some of the more recent technology which allows digital conversation on my Icom handheld; I'm talking about d-star. Even though the nearest (to me) d-star repeater is about 200 kilometers away, as the crow flies, I can still get on the d-star network with a DV Access Point dongle and my internet connection, using my Icom IC-92AD handheld.

I am enjoying operating a portable HF station as well. There are times when you'll hear me, that I'll be operating on one of the HF bands using my Icom IC-7000, and a Buddipole antenna. If I'm near a power outlet, and have an extension cord, that's how I'll get my power. If there isn't any power, I have a 2 KW Honda generator, which I like as it's a quiet running piece of equipment, and is not that heavy to move around. With a 50' (15M) extension cord, I can place it far enough away from my operation position, so that the exhaust noise is completely muffled.

And I've got a trusty old Icom 706 Mk-ll in my vehicle, which I have set up for HF and VHF. I've had that radio for 15 trouble-free years. For VHF communication, I'll announce myself on a repeater in the area I'm driving, and chat with anyone who is monitoring and responds, For HF operation, I have a Model 75A Tarheel screwdriver antenna and am always grateful when I receive a great signal report from a fellow ham.

So with that, I'm looking forward to meeting you.

Since some people have said I don't have enough pictures on my bio, I'll add a couple.

Here is the Icom IC7000 that I use in the house, and for semi-portable operation (with generator and buddipole, etc).

 

And I this is the power supply I use - Alinco DM-330MV and the LDG AT-11 Automatic Tuner for my suspended wire antenna.

 

And one to show where I've operated portable HF from - Sheridan Lake in British Columbia - at a rustic cottage owned by my brother.

 

 

 

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