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My Primary Station is: an ICOM IC-9100 w/23cm and a D-Star Board, using a Heil PR-40 Mic. 

Currently; my antenna is a modest End-Fed wire (w/ 9:1Unun). 

My other antennas which perform fine for their size is my Trans-World ground mounted center-fed verticals.  

Secondary Station is: an ICOM ID-51A Plus 2, HT w/DVAP for D-Star Operation. 


When I choose to go digital, I use FT8, JT9 & JT65.


History & Background...

I was first licensed in 1983 (Dayton, OH); after 25 years, I decided to upgrade to General Class...

My career background reflects multiple skills such as Machinist, Electro/Mechanical equipment maintenance and Visual Basic programming including web enabled BI reports for the manufacturing environment.

I've also received a United States Patent 4,623,108 (UAV Aircraft) in the Mid 80’s.


Thoughts on Amateur Radio...


Band Activity...

My biggest disappointment after upgrading to General Class, was the consistant and strange demeanor of several stations on 75 Meter SSB Phone.

Most of the Winter months, I monitor 60 Meters along with some very nice neighboring stations during the day hours.

Contesting; Not for everyone, myself included.. 

I’m glad some bands are free from contesting, 59,59,73...59,59,73; sorry life is too short for repetitious contacts.


 Satellite Station... (My newest gear, what a blast!)

I'm an AMSAT Member #40061
Transceiver: IC-9100
Software: SatPC32 (Thanks to Dave, KB1PVH for the great assistance)
Antennas: M2 Leo-Pack (2m/70cm)
Preamps from Ar2 Communications for 2 & 70cm
Rotor: G-5500 w/LVB Tracker for control commands from SatPC32.

My 1st Contact was Carlos, W7QL on XW-2D.. June 3rd, 2017.

Below is my portable M2 Leo-Pack antenna array, less than 15 minutes to set-up and to take back down.
The antenna assembly is comprised of 6 items...
* Penninger Radio aluminum base stand w/mounted Compass to quickly get the correct bearing for set-up
* AZ/EL Rotor Assembly w/Penninger Radio Snap Tube
* Right & Left Cross booms with quick slip antenna mount.
* The two assembled antennas, which easily slip on my quick slip-fit assembly. 

Typically, I'll set-up to work the satellites over the weekend hours.
When disassembled, the antenna array sections each have their space in the garage.

W5PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) … How true for these fast flying birds we're trying to catch.


 Below, is my Quick-Slip Mount for each antenna, strong and hand tools free.yes


Digital Contacts...

I still scratch my head why I enjoy simplistic digital contact confirmations with FT8, JT9 & JT65 and not the repetition of contesting; maybe it’s the weak signal aspect while being rewarded with a solid distant contact.

Meteor Scatter...

I also enjoyed my days of Meteor Scatter on 6 Meters SSB Phone during the weekend mornings throughout the 1990’s; maybe it was the sporadic nature for each contact.  

Current plans include...

>2 Meter and 23cm SSB operations using easily deployed, semi-permanent antennas; the 23cm antenna is a 55 element quad the 2 meter yagi is a 2M12.

Future plans for...
>23cm EME Moonbounce


Below was my 2009 2 Meter portable field station in Virginia using a 2M12 M2 Antenna.



Stan Musick


    I also like cycling on my Mountain, Recumbent and ElliptiGo bikes. 
















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