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I have been a ham since 1959, first as K8QVW (1959-1968), then W1FEI (1968-1974), later W7KPD (1974-1996), and now W7AH. For many years I used Heathkit equipment and then for 20 years I used a Kenwood TS-850S, but in April, 2015 I got a FLEX-6500 and now my son, KG7MAJ, has the TS-850S. The FLEX-6500 is fantastic. I can operate my FLEX-6500 using a Windows computer running SmartSDR software developed by FLEX, a Mac computer running dogparkSDR software developed by VE3VRW, or an iPad or iPhone running SmartSDR for iOS developed by DL8MRE. The FLEX is so much fun to operate. Unfortunately, on July 29, 2017 the FLEX-6500 developed a problem with its 3.3V voltage regulator (probably as a result of nearby lightning) and I had to send it back to FLEX for repairs. FLEX tells me the FLEX-6500 "has incurred catastrophic damage from lightning and cannot be repaired", so I had to replace it. That was an expensive lesson about the dangers of lightning.

I also have an Alpha 87A amplifier, but I seldom use it. On 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20m I use a Force 12 XR-5 beam mounted at 25m on a crank-up tower made by US Tower. I have dipoles for 30, 40, 80 and 160m. I manage my log using MacLoggerDX developed by VE3VRW.

I like to operate SSB, PSK31, RTTY, and CW, but recently I have spent the majority of my operating time using the new digital modes, FT8, JT65, and JT9. I love ham radio and playing with computers, so these new digital modes developed by Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor (K1JT) and his team are perfect for me. If you haven't tried them, you should. It is possible to make contacts around the world using just a few watts and it is an added bonus that most people using FT8, JT65, and JT9 also use LoTW.

I am now able to operate FT8, JT69, and JT9 using either Windows 10 or a Mac. The following table shows the software I use. 

Windows 10 MacOS Sierra
    SmartSDR for Windows     dogparkSDR or SmartSDR for iOS
    DAX and CAT (part of SmartSDR)     xDAX and xCAT (DL3LSM)
    WSJT-X (K1JT)     WSJT-X (K1JT)
    JTAlert (VK3AMA)      JT-Bridge (SM0THU)

I find it especially nice that all the software has been developed by hams. (Also, I occasionally use VE3NEA's CW Skimmer.)

QSL: LoTW (preferred), direct, QRZ, eQSL (AG), or by the Bureau. I also use Club Log.

My 10-10 number is 67968.

You can see some of my QSL cards at

DXCC All_Bands 10m 12m 15m 17m 20m 40m 80m 160m Satellites
WAZ All_Bands 10m   15m   20m 40m 80m 160m  
WAC   10m   15m   20m 40m 80m 160m  
States   10m   15m   20m 40m 80m 160m  

 

 

 

 

 

WAS
9-Band WAS (LoTW)
Triple Play (#1747)

5BWAZ
5BDXCC + DXCC on 12m, 17m, and 30m

DXCC LoTW Status December 27, 2017


 

This is my favorite JT9 contact (2015-11-07).
(I had another contact with K1JT on FT8 on 2017-07-11.)

My personal website is at http://wp.optics.arizona.edu/jcwyant/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United States Counties Award#417
Granted: 2016-07-19 04:28:29   (W7AH)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 1000 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
Grid Squared Award#11294
Granted: 2016-04-18 17:55:19   (W7AH)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    160 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
  • Mixed CW
DX World Award#3618
Granted: 2016-04-17 21:36:29   (W7AH)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Digital
United States Award#2005
Granted: 2016-04-15 17:35:17   (W7AH)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#12590
Granted: 2016-04-15 00:51:03   (W7AH)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    12 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 30 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
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