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I started off playing with a simple 23 channel CB when I was about 7 years old and was instantly amazed that I could communicate over the air. Slowly I moved up the ladder using the handle Munchkin and the call letters 762 up until shortly before I graduated high school in '95.

 

 

I had been interested in getting in to HAM Radio for quite sometime but not knowing much about it I had always thought that it was MUCH harder than it actually was to get a license. When I FINALLY got a training manual to start studying for my Tech Plus license I realized very quickly that much of the stuff in the book was stuff that I already knew. I bought the book on Friday and by Sunday night I had not only finished the book but also attained 7 WPM Code. I went the following weekend and took the test at a test site on the coast and passed it.

Never really got much further than that. I bought a mobile unit that had access to the 10M band and did a little CW, but not much. There wasn't much happening on that band at the time. I then got so busy messing with school and just doing the wild and crazy young man stuff that I just sort of let my interests in the radio slide. I am now coming up on 25 yrs old this Wednesday and have found that I have settled more than I thought I would.. :) I find it more relaxing to kick back and work on my computer listening to my scanner than making each free day a night out on the town, so I decided to get another radio and explore!! :) I'm hoping to upgrade to at least the General class in the next few months and hopefully get a base rig to play on some of the HF Bands and do some DX'ing.. Hope to catch ya across the bands somewhere....

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Well here it is, Apr. 10, 2006; almost 4 years to the day later than my last update and I think I'm pretty much in the same position I was then when it comes to the radio. :) I still have a lot of interest in it, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of time. I access the local 2M repeaters on the handy talkie here and there, but I figure it'll be a little while yet until I have the luxury to really dedicate some more time to the hobby. With any luck this summer will prove to be a little more enjoyable with a change in career and a start on a family, so maybe I'll get the opportunity to get back up on the mountain tops and say hi.

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It must be a birthday thing - April 14th now, 2008 and I'm back. The difference is that I can say I'm back in the hobby - something happened and the bug got me again. I'm getting involved with the local ARES chapter and finally added a mobile UHF/VHF unit to the truck. I'm looking at a laptop installation, packet capability, and an HF rig ASAP, and hopefully an upgrade to General class this weekend.

As it turns out I never really got any more time to dedicate to the hobby, but my wife and I did have a baby last month, so trips to the mountains to play will be an essential tool that we'll use to keep the kid(s) out of trouble. That's all for now - glad to be back on the air and exploring the advancements of the hobby.

**UPDATE** Passed my General test Apr.19 - told you the bug got me. :) **UPDATE** Call change from KC7VHJ to W7BJH

73

W7BJH

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15JUN09

Well I'm happy to report that when the hook took a set this last time I couldn't shake it lose. hihi


I've been neck deep in the hobby every since my last entry and I've expanded my station and my knowledge quite a bit.

Shortly after my last entry I bought an HF rig and quickly expanded with 3 more, an amp, a couple of tuners, and a plethora of antennas.

I've found the phone mode to be quite enjoyable and check in quite regularly to a number of nets; the OEN, NWCC, and WCC to name a few.

I found myself drawn to the digital modes due to my computer background, so I built a couple of interfaces and have been exploring the wide variety of modes every since. I find myself mostly drawn to PSK31 but traverse to any mode I see in the waterfall and seek a contact.

I've met a lot of great people since my return to the hobby and I've learned more than I ever thought that I would in such a short time. I attribute a lot of that to the local club that I've joined and appreciate the help immensly. You can find us at: www.w7saa.com

Happy DX'ing in 2009.

73,

W7BJH .... until next time...

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11Jan12

Not a whole lot to talk about... been thinking about an upate to Extra, but haven't dedicated the time to it. The latest project is as follows and is online:

Location: Salem, Oregon

Freq: 145.050 RMS Packet Server (W7BJH-10)

Freq: 144.390 APRS IGate / Limited Digipeater (W7BJH)

That's about all for now - IRLP node in the future and a move of the above services from on my deck at 400' ASL to on a tower at 800' ASL is in the near future.

Happy DX'ing in 2012.

73,

W7BJH..... until next time....

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