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QSL: SK Aug. 4, 2017

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Amateur radio has been a fantastic hobby for me since the mid-1970s. I owe my interest in radio to my Dad Ray, N8VXN (sk), and my uncle Robert, WA8CKE. My dad was an Electrical Engineer, and he always encouraged me to learn how things work. My pursuit of radio as a hobby led me to become an Electrical Engineer as well, and my focus is on RF and Microwave circuit design.

Early on as a ham, I met some friends that liked to use commercial FM equipment on 2 meters and 70 cm. We learned how to convert many different types of radios, and we used much of it to build repeaters. Eventually I built my own repeater for the 900 MHz band. It went on the air in 1987 on 920.875 MHz.

The most rewarding part of this hobby has been to help others learn. I have had the pleasure of mentoring many people in amateur radio, but the most enjoyable mentoring experience has been with my son Andy, K8ARW. Andy has continued this tradition by helping several other people get their license and become active hams.

I currently operate HF through 23 cm in several analog and digital modes.

For 80 - 6 meters I use a Yaesu FT-450D with an LDG AT-200PROII connected to a dipole. This station is capable of operating various digital modes with FLDIGI and WSJT software. My radio to computer interface is home made using a USB sound fob.

On VHF and UHF I have capability to use DMR, P25, Yaesu System Fusion, and D-STAR. I also have an ALLSTAR simplex node on 449.400 (node number 40882), a 900 MHz repeater on 927.0125 that is connected to ALLSTAR node 28526, and a Yaesu System Fusion repeater.

I use both LoTW and eQSL if you would like to QSL.

Thanks for stopping by and 73,

Rob W8RW

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