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I use the qrz.com logbook and LOTW, and am quasi-reliable on eQSL.

Happy New Year! On 2018-01-04 I worked a Maine station on FT8 to give me Worked All States 20M (and 20M Digital). I already had WAS Mixed and WAS Digital. I still am waiting for 4 QSL cards to be returned (or LOTW confirmation)  to make WAS Phone. I need only Maine for WAS JT65, and only HI for WAS FT8 (I finally got VT on 2018-01-09--notable because it was on 80M and I don't have an 80M antenna).

It's been almost 60 years since I first became interested in ham radio, but this is my first foray. I passed my Technician Exam in January 2016, General in April 2016, and Extra in December 2016. I changed to this vanity call sign from KC1EXG in July 2016.

I started working 2-meters with an HT, having fun. I then purchased a used Yaesu FT-1900R from a member of my local club to serve as a 2M base station, using a J-pole antenna I built (or the building of which I "supervised"--my brother-in-law, the one with the skills, contributed). 

After I passed the General, another local ham loaned me a Ten Tec Jupiter (which I later bought). I have a G5RV Jr (40m-10m) that works mainly on 20m and 40m, although I have worked 80m with it and it performs well with FT8 on 12, 15, 17, and 30.

Again, my brother-in-law did the bulk of the work on the antenna. In January, 2017 I bought a Signalink and began experimenting with digital modes.  After dabbling in PSK31, I spent a lot of time on JT65. I held off on FT8 until 2017-09-01--what a mode for collecting QSOs!  My digital activity is now mostly FT8. I 'm up to 93 countries, all states, and 6 continents (not Antarctica--yet).

Along with the Jupiter, I got an Alinco DR135TP Mark II 2-meter rig with a TNC.  I began using that as a base station, and using the TNC to try out packet.  I plan to get into APRS also.  Meanwhile, I moved the Yaesu into my pickup after suffering way too long with the HT as a mobile rig.  It's all coming together.

J-pole mounted on my house


G5RV Jr on the house

The photos are, clockwise from upper left (or left to right depending on screen width):

  1. 2 meter J-Pole
  2. G5RV Jr, mounted on a fiberglass mast in TV antenna wall mount brackets (Radio Shack, but RS does not sell them anymore--got it from Amazon--it came in a Radio Shack box)
  3. G5RV Jr connection from ladder line to coax in a waterproof junction box and on to a choke, then routed along the house and into the shack
  4. The shack--another contribution by my brother-in-law (7ft wide by 7ft high with holes for cable management, a 4ft power strip for desktop equipment, a DIY 12V power strip for the 200mm fan and "ON AIR" sign, and a second small power strip for the phone, disk lamp, etc.; I'm adding LED under-shelf lights soon)

I am a retired IBM project manager, manager, and consultant with a focus on software process improvement.  I moved to Cape Cod permanently in 2005.

I spend a lot of time with hobby electronics--Arduino and compatibles, plus other stuff. See details of my interests and ham activities (including the progress of my equipment, etc.) in my blog: http://virgilmachine.blogspot.com.

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