My interest in radio started in my teens when I worked at my middle school's 10-watt FM station. Studied electronics throughout high school which helped with the Extra exam. I've been interested in ham radio for decades and finally decided to find out if it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. Got my Technician license in June 2016, General in July, and Extra in August 2016. I'm caught up on the basics so now the real learning begins.
I'm active locally on VHF and UHF and beginning to learn digital modes D-STAR, Fusion, WiresX, and DMR. Main radios include ID-51A, ID-880H, FTM-100, FT-1XD, and a MD-390. I recently acquired a DV-AP and may finally be figuring out D-STAR. Mostly listening on digital voice modes now but will start making contacts soon. I love hearing all the different accents on D-STAR!
I have an HF rig (FT-991 and FT-817ND) and have done some listening on HF but am using portable antennas. Working on getting up a permanent HF antenna but the challenge is HOA restrictions and a small yard. The house has radiant barrier and Tyvek insulation so an attic antenna is out and indoor antennas are very limited. It's energy efficient but like living in a Faraday cage as far as RF signals go. (AM/FM radio and cell phone too.) Am exploring options for magnetic loops, external verticals, and end-fed wire antennas that don't attract much attention. Another challenge is my shack is on the 2nd floor making an earth RF ground difficult. Like I said, now the real learning begins.
I'm also having fun listening across all bands with an SDRplay RSP1 and SDRuno. Using a tool like that drives home a lot of what was covered in the General and Extra training manuals.
Many thanks to all the local and remote hams that have been and are still Elmers! All of the great people I have met and continue to meet are one of the things that make this hobby great. 73's!
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