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My base radio is an ICOM 7300 with a Butternut HF9V antenna. I also have an Ameritron AL-811H amp and a LDG AT-1000ProII tuner. I enjoy JT-65 quite a bit using WSJT-X along with JTAlert and DxKeeper for logging. I have started making more phone contacts now that I have the amp, but tend towards the digital modes.

I put an ICOM 7100 into my car with a Little Tarheel II for mobile HF.And I'm also enjoying DStar using different setups: ThumbDV, DV4mini/LTE, ICOM 7100 and ID-51A to repeater.

Brief History:

Antenna update 10/26/16: I just took down my SM-50 (6m magic band wasn't so magic for me wink) and poor dipoles and am working on installing a new elevated HF vertical Butternut 9-band with counterpoise. I think for my limited elevation, I will do a bit better on HF with the vertical. Will keep you posted.

Update 5/28/17: Put up the Butternut and overall it's a nice upgrade. The dipoles I had were too low and it's easier in my location to go vertical. The 80m tuning was a problem for me, but the other bands are great. The 40m is a bit narrow and so I have tuned it to 7.076MHz for JT-65. I'm very happy with this and look forward to getting another 80m coil to try again (yes, I cut the first one too short).


Another update: I am ecstatic to have made a contact on 80m and on AM no less! Thanks to WA6PBJ.

I became interested in amateur radio as a way to share the fun of electronics with my son. My father was a ham operator, and although I never got the chance to share it with him, it was something he talked about nostalgically. I recently came upon an old QSL card from 1949 that he had sent when he was about 17 (see attached photo) and have now taken on his old callsign.

I received my PhD in electrical engineering in 1996 and have spent many years working on wireless integrated circuits, in particular WLAN, WiMax, UWB and automotive AM/FM. The "hands-on" nature of ham radio is very rewarding and has helped reignite my original interest in EE, and I'm looking forward to getting to know all the bands and this great community of Hams.

New license 10/26/16: I travel to Korea regularly on business and have received my permit to operate there as HL1ZJM. Looking forward to making some contacts! If you want some tips on how to apply and get your radio inspected, please let me know.

Update April 2017: My first contact in South Korea was John HL1ZII on a foreign language repeater in Seoul. Thanks John!


Here are some old QSL cards from my dad's era:


Best Regards,


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