First licensed in 1959 in Chicago with a K9 call while in high school. Received the W7DFO call in 1966 when I moved to Seattle after graduating from college. Have managed to remain active with a modest station almost continually. I dabble in DX and also QRP. Recently have gotten back on 6 meters on CW and SSB. Presently have a long wire which tunes on 160, 80 and 60 meters, a 40 meter dipole, a small Triband beam and a 2 meter two element collinear for FM. My primary modes are CW and SSB and just started doing a little psk 31. My SKCC # is 1791 and I usually participate in SKN with a Tuna Tin II at QRPp level on 40 CW. I change antennas around periodically depending upon propagation and have recently converted a 12 meter Al tubing dipole to 17 meters by adding some extra Al tubing. After being licensed for more than 50 years I finally got on 70 cm with a small HT and check into a few local nets on that band which tend to focus on emegency communication preparedness. Recently I have fabricated two 70cm ground planes using some stainless steel mixing bowls.
I am active in the Irish Hour net which meets on Sundays at 1700Z on 14156 kHz conditions permitting. This is a change from our previous gathering spot on 21317 kHz and was dictated by the declining SSN. My Irish call is EI4VGP. I am a member of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) and went out to the Aran Islands with the Limerick Radio Club in 1989 to activate Inisheer (EU006) in June 1989 using the call EJ0A.
I am now the secretary of a local radio club (Highline Amateur Radio Club or HARC) which now owns the 146.660 MHz 2 meter repeater. The club call is NC7G and we will be operating Field Day from a local park. The repeater hosts an emergency drill exercise every Tues night at 7 pm local time and is starting to incorporate digital texting via FL Digi using mode MT 63 2KL.
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