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I am a retired PhD from the Hanford Site in Eastern Washington where I was involved in doing research and development on irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. I'm also a U.S Air Force Veteran (1961-1965). My amateur interests include a 10 meter beacon, digital (DStar & DMR), QRP and special event station operating. I never run any power over 100 watts on HF. I also like to experiment with different antennas. My HF station consists of a Icom IC-7300. The antenna is a delta loop tuned by at LDG autotuner thru a 4:1 homebrew balun. Since I live in a antenna restricted community, the delta loop is laying on the roof. Not the best arrangement but I'm able to get on the air. It actually works very well as a NVIS antenna on 40 and 75 meters.

I'm using a SharkRF OpenSpot with a Icom ID-880H for DStar and a Tytera MD-380 for DMR at my QTH in Washington. It is lots of fun being able to talk to other amateurs around the world on DStar through the reflectors and on DMR.

I spend most of the winter months in Arizona where the HF station consists of another Icom IC-7300 and a Flex 1500. There is a Icom AH-4 autotuner on a pole in one corner of the yard with a long wire attached. The other end of the wire is attached to a pine tree on the other side of the yard.  This setup provides 10 through 80 meter coverage. For VHF, UHF and DStar I have a Icom ID-800H feeding a homebrew 2 Meter/440 vertical dipole. The SharkRF OpenSpot goes with me to Arizona for the winter as does the MD-380.

My 10 Meter Beacon (28.277 mHz) in Washington consists of a Realistic TRC-24C CB radio converted to 10 meters, running approximately 4 watts and keyed by a K1EL KID2 programmed keyer chip. The radio and keyer are housed in a vented metal box along with a computer switching supply. A computer muffin fan is installed on the top of the box to provide added cooling as it gets pretty warm in the garage during the summer in Eastern Washington. The beacon antenna is a dipole mounted in the attic above the garage.

If you hear my 10 meter beacon please email me with a signal report.






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