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I have been a Ham for over 37 years.  Still as excited about it as the day when I got my first license.  Those were the days that you started with a Novice license and worked your way up the ladder.  Yes code all the way.  From 5 to 20 words a minutes.  I did not think I would get my Extra, but I did.  

I have tried just about everything and always excited to try something new.  Just started playing around with Hf  D-Star and RTTY.  I spend most of my time on the digital modes but still get on SSB once in a while.  Enjoy 2 meter and 432 SSB and building antennas also. In June 2015 I jumped into D-Star big time.  After going to HamCom in Dallas, I ended up with a DVAP and an Icom IC-51 Annverisary edition HT.  Topped it all off with a Raspberry PI in July.  Having a blast with this new mode.  Oh speaking of digital modes, I also purchased a Yaesu FTM-400D while in Dallas to try the new mode "Fusion".

Well 2016 found us going to Huntsville.  First time to the hamfest and loved every minute of it. Came home with a new Yaesu FTM-100DR.  Now running APRS and Fusion in the mobile.  Really a nice radio.

I also picked up a Tytera MD-380 DMR portable in 2016 and trying my hand at another digital mode.  Love this mode and think it has the best audio quality of all the digital modes.  Just ordered a DVMega and a BlueStack so I can use the various Talk Groups that are available.  The closest DMR repeater is in the KC area.  I am using an HT connected to an outside antenna and able to access the repeater.

Move forward to 2017.  Jumped into DMR big time.  We now have a DMR repeater in Nevada on 443.975.  Great coverage.  DMR is going like wildfire in SW Missouri.  Several repeaters on.

My station consists of the following:  Icom IC-7600, Icom IC-9100, Yaesu FTM-400D, TDR-6100 (DMR) and TYT TH-9000D (220). HT's include Icom ID-51A, TYT MD-380's Vhf and Uhf for DMR, Wouxan KG-UV8E triband for 220, Anytone D-868UV dual band for DMR and a Motorola 9250 for 900 Mhz.  Run various wire antennas for Hf.  Getting to old to climb the tower anymore to work on big beams.  Started with wire and back to wire.  Run M2 on Vhf and Uhf..  All digital modes on HF are being run by the internal soundcards on the 7600 and 9100.  Just finished installing a Comtex 40 meter vertical.  What a great antenna and built well!!

Mobile consists of a Anytone AT-5888UVIII triband for 2 meters, 220 and 450, Yaesu FTM-100DR for APRS and Fusion and a Connect Systems CS-800D for DMR.  For Hf. I am running a Icom IC-7000  into a Little Tarheel II in my truck.

I have made many friends with Ham radio.  Like I tell people, it is one hobby that you can do no matter what type of condition you are in. There are people out there that are always willing to help you.




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