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

New news:  on 2017-06-09 I worked a Hawaii station, confirmed the next day, to achieve Worked All States (Mixed).  I need only Maine for WAS Digital and only Oklahoma for WAS Phone (although I need LOTW confirmation and/or QSL cards for 7 others--I have mailed cards, waiting for reciprocation; 2017-09-11: 6 QSL cards --1 returned).

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.  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.  I have been enjoying JT65, just started on PSK31, and I will start working other modes as I can. I held off on FT8 until 2017-09-01--what a mode for collecting QSOs!  I'm up to 79 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.

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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