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I only do LoTW for QSL confirmation.  Please let me know that you would like me to submit the QSO to LoTW and I will do so.  Otherwise, I am just on the radio to chat and not interested in collecting awards or grids, etc.

I have been a licensed operator for about 3 or 4 years now.  I have always had a love of technology, electronics and communication.  My professional career has centered around satellite communications and broadcasting for about 30 years now.

I initially decided to get my Ham radio license so that I could communicate while off-roading.  I got my technician, and the next month I had my 12 year old son get his Technician and I upgraded to General and eventually Extra.  He has no interest in radio but with all of our off-road adventures I insisted that he be licensed and know how to use a radio.  

Well, it didn't take long for me to explore other aspects of ham radio and I immediately became interested in satellite communications.  My first experience with satellite was after getting a Kenwood TH-D72A radio and Elk log periodic hand held antenna.  Eventually, I moved to a full base station consisting of a Kenwood TS-2000, M2 LEO Pack antennas, Yaesu G5500 rotators and an EA4TX antenna controller.  The handheld stuff is fun but I definately prefer to have full computer control in the comfort of my little ham shack.

Occassionally I will play with HF and some digital modes, DMR and even 2 meter and 70 cm repeaters but satellites are my true interest.  I also enjoy APRS.

 

My Shack is quite literally a 7' x 7' plastic garden shed that I beefed up to serve as a ham shack.  It sits next to my "barn" which houses some off-road vehicles.

The M2 LEO Pack, Zero-Five 10-40 GP and a couple of dual band verticals can be seen in this picture.

 

Here's a pic of the shack:

 

My M2 LEO Pack and Yeasu G5500 rotators.  This is the best investment I have made in this hobby.

 

The latest addition to the antenna farm is a 4 element LFA (Loop Fed Array) designed by Justing G0KSC and sold by Hy-Gain. Antennas is at about 20' or so.  Rotator is coming but for now I will utilize the "armstrong" rotator.  

Hy-Gain 4 Element LFA - G0KSC Design

Inside the shack I have two computers in use.  One is a high end 17" gaming laptop with an additional monitor and the other is a small 11" Windows 10 tablet mostly dedicated to running HDSDR to display the spectrum on the IF tap of the Kenwood TS-2000.

 

The TS-2000, IC-730 and TM-V71A mobile radio and antenna controllers.  The shack is a bit untidy and honestly, it will probably stay that way.  The insulation (shiny stuff) helps a little to keep the heat down in the summer along with a small AC unit.

Here is my son's Yamaha YFZ-450 and my Can-Am Maverick xDS Turbo at Sand Hollow, UT.  My son carries an HT and I have a Kenwood TM-281 2 meter radio in the SxS.

 

My On-Road toy.  A 2017 Mustang GT with a few improvements - Stripes, GT-350 spoiler, Exhaust, Stereo upgrades and tinting:

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