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I'm a British Expat who has been living in the USA since 1982. Since 1996 I've been living near Seattle Washington USA, my  QTH is in a town called Mill Creek about 20 miles NE of downtown Seattle City. I was first licensed in UK in 1971 as G4AMD back in the days when you took your CW test at a local ship/shore radio station (Lands End Radio) all very intimidating! I had the good fortune to live and work in the Caribbean for Cable and Wireless Ltd and was 8P6EK in Barbados and then VP2AZA in Antigua, working DX from simple dipoles at home and professional Rhombics at work with a Heathkit HW32A sideband rig on 20m. The DX pileups were super fun but after 3 years going back to UK to be just a "normal" G station was a serious let down!!!

Professionally I've been in Radio and telecommunications since leaving college in the UK, and have travelled around the world doing RF engineering, product marketing and business management for the past 43 years. I've retired from managing a company that builds solidstate RF amplifier systems and modules for professional applications. Google "AR Modular RF" to see some of the cool amps AR builds for tactical Radios and other applications.

My second passion is Vintage British cars. I have a 1961 MGA that I took 2 years to restore in my own garage back in 1989.  Now that I'm retired I use the car for fun driving every excuse that I have!!  The picture below shows our  Cairn Terrier "Jack" he's a good passenger and gets lots of attention at traffic lights when we stop!

 



​1961 MGA 1600 with our 5 year old Cairn Terrier "Jack"

I'm  active on HF/VHF 80m thru 6m and 2m/70cm FM using voice and data modes.  My  QTH in Mill Creek WA has heavy HOA restrictions so I'm  limited to a wire antennas in my tall Fir trees. A 120ft long dipole up 50ft in the trees by the house fed at the center with open wire feeders and an LDG 600 PRO tuner, also a vertically oriented 20m Quad loop up at 55ft, vertical dipoles for 40m and 17m. These antennas are remotely switched from the shack on the other side of the house and along with the dipole and tuner give me a choice of 2 antennas on most HF bands.  The "main radio" is a  Kenwood TS590S  I also have a super little QRP radio the Yaesu FT817, as well as a IC-7100 in my RV.

When things get tough with my fixed wire antennas I have a Heathkit SB-221 amplifier to help DX stations hear me better, but I use it with only 500-600W output due to the proximity of my very friendly and tolerant neighbours!

Ham Shack January 2014, Kenwood TS440SAT and new TS590S, Heathkit SB-221 2kW amplifier.

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I use the FT817as QRP for fun on HF and a change of pace to the normal home set up and have operated QRP internationally in VK3, DL, EI, and  G lands in recent times. I have a 100W 4 band HF amplifier for  mobile operation in my personal vehicle so the little rig gets plenty of use in a number of environments and has been a lot of fun.

Thanks for visiting my QRZ page.......hope to see you on the bands again soon.

73's

Chris

 

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