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I first obtained my call, W7SSK, in 1953 and have resisted temptation to go for a vanity call. After all these years it fits me like an old shoe.

I am a retired P.E and radio- television broadcast engineer. During all these 50+ years in broadcast, ham radio has been an important part of my life.

Unfortunately, restrictive homeowner covenants prevent me from installing the antennas that I would like to have, so I make do with an array of wire dipoles in my attic. While not the best situation, I can get on the air without disturbing my neighbors. Low power digital modes work quite well in this situation. I have recently been using JT65-HF on 20m with a MFJ 1786 Hi-Q loop antenna. Compared side-by-side with my attic dipoles, performance is equal or slightly better than the dipoles. Tuning is extremely sharp, requiring retuning when moving frequency. It has a distinct noise floor advantage when moving the loop away from the house wiring and out in the yard. My next challenge will be to convince the homeowner's association that it is actually garden artwork.

In recent years, I have been enjoying D-Star's ability to provide perfect voice communications without the noise and interference found on HF. No big outside antennas required.

My Station:

Icom IC-706MKIIG throttled back to 10 watts for JT65-HF

Kenwood TM-V71a dual band VHF/UHF

Astron SS-30M power supply

MFJ-949D tuner

HP TouchSmart 300 computer for the digital modes

For D-Star:

RPi2/DVAP home hotspot + D-Star Commander

RPi3/DVMega portable hotspot + D-Star Commander

Icom ID51a handheld

Icom ID51a+ handheld

 

I hope to see you on the air....

73,

Don Wilkinson, W7SSK

 

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