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 My name is Scott. I first got interested in radios in the mid 70's with my

 older brother using CB's. He always had a top of the line station and allowed

 me full use of it. I joined the Air Force in 1981 and served 4 years as a

 ground radio operator. I was assigned to a station called giant talk. There

 were only 12 stations in the world operating on HF using 5 frequencies.

 We were a command and control communications station for SAC aircraft.

 Mostly reconnaissance planes, SR-71 U-2 TR-1 RC-135 AWACS among others.

 We were also the HF link to missle sites and SAC bombers. If you ever watched

 the movie war games (the original) when you hear the codes on the speaker in

 the beginning they would have come from one of our stations. I was stationed in

 England for 3 years. Our radios operated at 10 kilowatts each. My last year I

 was stationed in California where I got to use the latest equipment (at the time)

 called scope signal 3, where our radios operated at 25 kilowatts. I always 

 wanted to be a ham even before the CB. I finally achieved that in the early

 90's passing my Tech test with the code, earning the callsign N8VGN. I could

 never get my code speed up to 13 WPM so I stayed a tech plus. Once they dropped

 the requirement for code I thought about trying, but never could get motivated.

 In the next 20 years I would lose intrest for a couple years at a time, but always

 get back into my radios. Although active on 2 meters now, I wasn't very active in

 the past 20 years. My brother and I have talked each night on the CB for the last couple

 years. A local mobile jumped in one night and mentioned he wanted to get his ham

 ticket. I told him I was licensed and offered some advice. We all kept in contact and

 it wasn't long and he passed his tech (W8FNT). He wasn't satisfied with the tech and

 wanted his general. As I had pushed him to get his license, he started pushing me to

 upgrade to general. In a matter of months he passed his general and I was still a

 tech with a book. My brother was also interested and decided to get his ticket.

 After almost a year with our books we both buckled down. I passed my general on

 1/17/15 and my brother passed his tech on 1/24/15 (K8BKR). I've passed all my

 general study guides on to him, and have picked up my extra study material. Not

 sure if I'll make it, but I'll give it a try.  Here is a pic of my old shack. 

   I recently moved to upstate New York from Michigan. I'm living in a small town

 called Gloversville. It's beautiful country here, reminds me of northern Michigan.

 Antennas are still holding me back at this point. At the moment I am running a 

 G5RV for HF, but for some reason it gives me a 1.5:1 SWR on 2 meters. I've been

 able to hit 2 meter repeaters 50 miles away using it, with good signal reports. For

 now I am running an Icom 725 and an Icom 751 for HF. I have a Yaesu FT-2900R

 for 2 meters. A Woxum and Baeofang for 2 meter and 440 Mhz. The bottom picture

 is of the shack now. Looks quite bare from the old one, but it does serve its purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

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W5PF 2018-01-18 20m FT8 EM20 United States J PAUL FRANTZ, III
KG5GCC 2018-01-18 20m FT8 EM50 United States Charles W Taylor
N7NM 2018-01-18 20m FT8 CN87 United States Douglas M Ferguson
ND4Q 2018-01-18 20m FT8 EM64dr United States BERNARD BLAIR
8P9CA 2018-01-18 20m FT8 GK03 Barbados William R Wilson
W5JE 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EM25 United States CHARLES H FLOYD
W5JE 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EM25 United States CHARLES H FLOYD
W3GQ 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EM95 United States PAUL S STURPE
W0KIT 2018-01-18 30m FT8 DM78 United States DOUGLAS R WHEELAND
AB4Z 2018-01-18 30m FT8 EM95 United States RONALD G UNDERWOOD, JR
DL3KF 2018-01-18 20m FT8 JO41 Germany Klaus Floeer
EA3AEN 2018-01-18 20m FT8 JN01 Spain Jaume Casellas Jorba
ON3ASZ 2018-01-18 20m FT8 JO10 Belgium Danny Van Der Stuyft
F4HEX 2018-01-18 20m FT8 IN96 France Patrick
5B4AMM 2018-01-18 20m FT8 KM65 Cyprus S Rebrov

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United States Award#3958
Granted: 2018-01-04 14:28:03   (W8NUD)

World Continents Award#19243
Granted: 2017-12-17 17:36:02   (W8NUD)

United States Counties Award#7727
Granted: 2017-11-01 00:48:02   (W8NUD)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#17508
Granted: 2017-10-31 21:56:03   (W8NUD)

Endorsements:
  • 17 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 80 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
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    20 Meters Mixed
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