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Greetings from South West Ohio!

Equipment:

Kenwood TS-990S, Alpha 99 amplifier,  W2IHY 8 band Graphic Equalizer with EQ Plus and a Electro Voice RE27 microphone.  Heil Pro-7 headset with HM-7 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. 24" 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 M. 

Full wave Delta Loop for 80 Meters. The tower is a Rohn 25 with a Glen Martin Hazer 4, Rotor is the C.A.T.S. RD-1800 with a Green Heron RT-21 Controller.  Antenna tuner when used is a Palstar AT4K.

Mobile / Portable: Kenwood TS-480HX, Icom ID-880H - for D-Star, 2 Meters and 70 CM - Mobile Antennas include a Mini Tarheel, Ham Stick's, Hustler Resonators, with a Heil Traveler headset.

Digital D-Star & DMR: I have two  Raspberry Pi mini computers operating a DVMEGA for DMR Brandmeister and the other controlling a 440 MHz DVAP both working as "hot Spots" or repeaters. Also trying out a ShrarkRF Openspot and a Blue DV. Tytera MD-380 for DMR and the ID-51a for D-Star. The digital modes are the future of amateur radio and are bringing many new and antenna restricted people back into the hobby.

Scanning:  Uniden BCD-536HP, Unication G4, and BCD-436HP scanners to monitor the statewide MARCS-IP trunking systems.

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.

BIO:

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 sent to Army MP School at FT. Gordon, Georgia.  Assigned MOS 5811 military police then orders for RVN with the 1st MP's guarding the Air Base at Da Nang and running patrols at night.  After Vietnam onto 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 (PLC) was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1977. Next The Basic School upon completion chose to be a Communications Officer 2502. Mostly served with 1st Mar Div HQ Comm Center and 9th Communications Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Selected for Captain but got out in 1981 to pursue family business opportunities. The finest and most honest people I have ever met or worked with were my fellow Marine Officers. 

DX Info:

I have been fortunate to have operated from Monaco, France and the British Virgin Islands as 3A/NI8K and VP2V/NI8K. NI8K was my previous call sign.

All I need now is North Korea /P5 confirmed. Current ARRL DX totals are 338 active /346 total countries confirmed along with 6 Band DXCC.

I am usually active on 20 through 80 Meters and now monitoring D-Star/DMR while looking for new friends and rare countries.

Thanks for checking out this page and please enjoy this great hobby!  

73, Gary W8VI                                                           

                      

 

 

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United States Award#2115
Granted: 2016-05-15 01:00:03   (W8VI)

DX World Award#3790
Granted: 2016-05-15 01:00:02   (W8VI)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#11535
Granted: 2016-05-13 23:20:03   (W8VI)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
    15 Meters Phone
    17 Meters Phone
    20 Meters Phone
    40 Meters Phone
    80 Meters Phone
World Continents Award#12815
Granted: 2016-05-13 04:20:02   (W8VI)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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