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I return the courtesy on all QSL cards that I receive. I prefer to QSL direct but I also log all contacts on Logbook of the World.

I am originally from Lakewood, California. I was first licensed as a novice in 1966 while still in high school. In 1968, I joined the Navy and became a Communications Technician in the Naval Security Group. I always had a love for CW and that made me a natural choice for being a morse intercept operator. While our mission was primarily intelligence gathering through targeted military communications, we were also trained for search and rescue using high frequency direction finding.

I operated a number of military ham stations including WA4ECY in Pensacola, Florida, KL7AIZ in Adak, Alaska, and DX as a VQ9 in Diego Garcia. When I left the Navy in 1978, I let ham radio go and concentrated on my family and career.

Just recently I got interested in the hobby again. I passed my Technician in February of 2010 and the General in May of 2010. After a little study and a lot of anxiety, I passed the Extra class exam in June of 2011. I thought for sure that with the popularity of the Internet and the proliferation of cellular phones, ham radio would have went away. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it's alive and well.

My HF equipment includes a Flex 6300 oftware defined radio, Elecraft KPA500 amplifier, an Elecraft KAT500 tuner, a TH-7 seven element yagi up 50 feet, a 435-foot delta loop 45 feet up, and a GAP Voyager vertical, and a variety of home made dipoles.  You can find me beaconing on APRS using a Kenwood TM-D710 dual bander.

My other hobbies include photography and off road adventure in my Jeep TJ.

I live in the rural Sonoran desert 20 miles south of the City of Maricopa. Plenty of acreage and no HOA means that I have big dreams for plenty of antennas.

73,

Steve, steve@w6sdm.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the famous Hy-Gain TH7. It was liberated from a hamfest.

 

 

 

My Gap Voyager. It took four of us to erect this monster... it's a lot like trying to get a 45-foot noodle to stand up straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the ham shack, pretty much a spare bedroom liberated from the XYL. I have a 20 foot camping trailer that I had planned on using but she nixed the idea knowing that I would disappear as soon as the gray line set in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My QSL cards. This is one of the areas where I get to combine my hobby of photography with ham radio and off roading in the desert. I QSL 100% and return anything that is sent to me.

 

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DX World Award#226
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United States Award#168
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World Continents Award#182
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Grid Squared Award#179
Granted: 2015-01-14 23:06:17   (W6SDM)

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