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I am Drew. At work, I am one of those gnomes that makes the Internets go. At home, I do mad science projects - like amateur radio. I have my General-class license, and I'm having a blast collecting QSOs from all over the world. Mostly I do psk31, and enjoy being able to make a few QSOs per day. I type faster than psk31, so a ragchew is always welcome. Otherwise, I have my macros trimmed for speed and politeness.

I am learning CW, with right-handed paddles - I am learning to use them left-handed, so that I may copy with my dominant right hand. This is challenging, but a TON of fun.

My grandfather was an amateur operator. Albert Celley, W3FFZ (SK). He enjoyed the hobby for almost 50 years, and would patch naval ships at sea into the telephone network, so that our armed forces could talk to their families. I still have many of his QSO cards from US warships. I even have one from Barry Goldwater! Legend has it, Goldwater and my grandfather used to SSB all the time. Big Al became blind in his 30s, but still managed to be an electrician, photographer, machinist, and Duke Ellington's road manager during the state-department tours. I was never able to share the hobby with my grandfather, but to honor him, I've taken his callsign and brought it back on the air.

 

My mom and her husband retired a few years ago. The sold everything they had, and bought a boat. Living aboard their sailboat, a Manta 40, they've made it to New York City, Down to Florida, through all of the islands to Trinidad, back up to Puerto Rico, Through the Panama Canal, and are at the Galapagos islands right now. I hope to talk to her via SSB on her Icom m710 - if she bothers to pick up the radio!

Check out their adventures of Escape Velocity for more information.

I do a lot of other things, like astrophotography, GNU/Linux and all kinds of stuff that lives in there, tons of home repair and remodeling - I like to do all sorts of things. My blog and LinkedIn profiles are more explanatory:

http://zhrodague.net

http://linkedin.com/in/drewzhrodague

Location: South Side of Pittsburgh, PA, USA - Top o' the Slopes

HT: Baofeng UV-5R w NA-771

VHF: Kenwood TR-7625

Mobile: ID-880H

N9TAX Slim Jim

HF: Kenwood TS-120S

HF: Kenwood TS-480HX, IC-7100

Tuner: MFJ-993B, LDG Z-11Pro II

Antenna: G5RV, not-yet-working-experimental vertical, N9TAX dual-band SlimJim

 

I do not have cards printed yet, but I plan to return the favor of QSL cards. I love QSL cards!

I am setup to do eQSL, QRZ, LoTW, Bureau, or Direct - whatever is cheap for you

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Grid Squared Award#9260
Granted: 2015-09-28 23:05:03   (W3FFZ)

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World Continents Award#10608
Granted: 2015-09-28 23:05:02   (W3FFZ)

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