Greetings from South West Ohio!
Kenwood TS-990S, Alpha 99 amplifier, Kenwood TS-2000, W2IHY 8 band Graphic Equalizer with EQ Plus and a Electro Voice RE27 microphone. Primary boom headset is a Heil Pro-Set Elite with the HM-6 mic element.
Other stuff: Array Solution Power Master SWR / power meter, MFJ-616 Speech Inteligibility Enhancer, DX Base 2007 Logging Software. HRD 6.3 with DM-780 softwarefor digital modes. 19" monitor for the 990S second screen
Antenna: SteppIR DB-32, 4 Element Yagi at 65 ft that coverers 6-40 meters with 2 elements on 40 Meters. Full wave Delta Loop for 80 Meters. The tower is a Rohn 25 with a Glen Martin Hazer, Rotor is the C.A.T.S. RD-1800 with a Green Heron RT-21 Controller. Antenna tuner when used on 80 meters is a Palstar AT4K.
Mobile: Icom IC-7000, Icom ID-800H - for D-Star, 2 Meters and 440 MHz - Mobile Antennas include a Mini Tarheel, Ham Stick's, Hustler Resonators, with a Heil Traveler headset.
Scanning: Uniden BCD-536HP, and HP-2 scanners to monitor local and state public service trunking systems along with various UHF/VHF Amateur bands.
QSL Info: I use and upload LoTW (Log Book of The World) almost daily. Also upload my log frequently to EQSL, Club Log and QRZ's log. I also enjoy receiveing and exchanging paper QSL cards direct.
Located near Cincinnati, Ohio and I started out as a short-wave listener in the early 1960's building Allied Radio kits like the Star Roamer and the R-100A. Spent many hours listening to Ham's and decided that they were having a great time and wanted to join the fun.
First licensed in 1973 as WN8BYI and have had the following calls: WD8BYI - As a student at University of Cincinnati -- N4AUH - From the USMC Basic Officer School in Quantico, Virginia -- KD6EW - From Camp Pendleton as a Communications Officer -- NI8K - Upgrade to Extra in 1984 after a visit to the FCC office in Detroit -- W8VI - Vanity call in 1996.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps for 3 years in 1970. After Boot Camp and ITR went to Army MP School at FT. Gordon, Georgia MOS 5811 then orders for RVN with the 1st MP's guarding the Air Base at Da Nang and operating patrols at night. After Viet Nam MCAS MAG-11 El Toro and was promoted to E-5 Sgt just under 24 months.
Got out in 1973 and after graduating from University of Cincinnati and completing OCS at Quantico in 1976 between junior and senior year was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1977. Next The Basic School where I chose to be a Communications Officer 2502. Mostly served with 1st Mar Div HQ Comm Center and 9th Communications Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Deep selected for Captain but got out in 1981 to pursue business opportunities. The finest and most honest people I have ever met or worked with were my fellow Marine Officers.
I have been fortunate to have operated from Monaco, France and the British Virgin Islands as 3A/NI8K and VP2V/NI8K. Usually active on 20 to 80 Meters while looking for new friends and rare countries. As of May 2016 need North Korea confirmed to have worked them all. Current DX totals are 338 active / 346 total countries confirmed.
Thanks for checking out this page and please enjoy this great hobby!
73, Gary W8VI
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