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Although I am not currently active on Moon Bounce (EME) if there are stations that still need either a W7AMI or KJ7F EME QSL please send one direct with an SASE and I will get you fixed up.

  My Uncle Ivan was the original W7AMI back in the 1930's.  When I was in Junior High School he gave me a BC-348Q receiver.  I've been hooked on electronics ever since.  I spent many hours listening to short wave broadcasts from all over the world. I didn't get my first ham ticket until I joined a radio club while attending university.   I spent many hours getting my code speed up before I felt comfortable enough to take the test.   In those days you had to receive and send code to the FCC examiner.   Some how I passed the 13 WPM test.

  I was first licensed as WA7ZGP (general class) in 1974.  I quickly upgraded to Advanced class a few months later.   It was about 10 years more before I upgraded to Extra Class.   I picked up my uncle's callsign in 2005 and plan on being W7AMI for a long time.  I have also held the calls VK4AAP (1975 - 1977) and KJ7F.  I also held a First Class Radio Telephone license which was later converted to a General Radiotelephone Operators License in the 80's (grrr).

  For JT65 I am currently using an Icom IC-7000 and a dipole up 40 feet.  I usually run about 20 watts.   The audio interface is provided by a Tigertronics SingnaLink USB.   I am using NMEA Time for JT65 to time sync my PC to GPS time.  It updates the PC time every 10 minutes to keep me right on time, all the time. 

Lately I have been spending more time doing high powered rocketry than ham radio.  The rocket does have a 435 MHz transmitter (Altus Metrum TeleGPS) on board that relays the GPS coordinates of the rocket back to the ground to make tracking it easier.   It has landed as far away as 1.5 miles so some sort of tracking system is mandatory if I ever want to see the rocket again.   So it is still ham radio related.   My highest flight to date was 11,000 feet and the rocket hit a top speed of Mach 1.3.  That rocket stands about 5 feet tall, is 2.6 inches in diameter and weighs around 7 pounds on the launch pad. I currently have a Level 2 certification from the Tripoli Rocketry Association.

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