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I have been a ham for 37years and still love ham radio just as much as I did in my novice days. I have always been interested in radio and spent many hours searching the broadcast bands on an old AM broadcast radio from about age 8 on. I was always looking for ways to hear more stations during the day and night on the broadcast band.

My best friend growing up had a shortwave receiver that we spent many Friday and Saturday nights listening to. There were so many different sounds on during the 60's. It was a lot of fun listening to the world via radio.

I finally got my Novice license in late 1980 and have been very active since then. I have always liked working CW even though I have never been that good of a cw operator.

I have operated many different radios over the years and love to trade. For 17 years I operated EME on 2 meters. My first contact was with Gary Crabtree, KB8RQ. I was running a single long boom 2 meter beam at that time and 150 watts. Over the years I buiilt up an array of 4 M2 19XXX long boom yagis. They were 5.7wl (39 feet) long. I have made over 1000 contacts via 2 meter EME

For now I am QRT on EME but I am active on HF, 6m, 2m, 220mhz and 432mhz. tropo,

My current equipment consists of a  Yaesu FT-847 I use most of the time for 2 meter and 432mhz SSB and CW. I use a transverter for 220mhz with the Yaesu FT-920. For 6 meters and HF I use a  Yaesu FT920, Ten-Tec Omni D. For 80 meter AM mode I am using a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter and using a SDRPlay RSP1  as the receiver.

I like to build kits and have recently built transverters for 6 meters, 2 meters and 220mhz. The 6 and 2 meter kits were designed by TenTec and were a lot of fun to build. The 432mhz transverter is designed by Serge, UT5JCW. More on his design at http://transverters-store.com/.

I have several QRP CW rigs all built from kits and love to tinker with them as well. I do run some of the digital modes and recently picked up a NUE-PSK modem that allows me to run PSK, MFSK, and RTTY without the need for a computer or interface. It is especially nice to go portable. Currently I am having a lot of fun on QRP CW with my TenTec R4030 40m/30m band qrp rig.

For VHF/UHF FM and Fusion digital voice I use a Yaesu FT-400 dualband in the shack and a Yaesu FT-100DR for the mobile.Also have a Kenwood TM-321 for 220mhz mobile. Most recent I have been trying DMR digital voice with a TYT DM-380 440mhz HT transceiver. DMR mode works very well and allows you to talk worldwide through the DMR networks.

Member of the North Amercian QRP Club #402

4 State QRP club Member #201

Flying Pig QRP Member #703

S.W.O.T member #3015


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