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First things first ----- I prefer to be called Bob (just don't pronounce it or spell it backwards)

I was originally licensed as a Novice and then General class as WB8BEQ in 1967. I also added the First Class Radiotelephone License.

In 1985 The FCC eliminated the First Class Radiotelephone License and automatically converted it to a General Radiotelphone Operator License. I worked in commercial broadcasting after my time in the Navy.

After completing my tour as an Electronics Tech in the U.S. Navy I returned home. Through the 70s I operated some 40 meter CW and 2 meters on local repeaters and simplex. I also dabbled in some RTTY on an old Model 15 Teletype machine that I had clattering away in my basement.

I drifted away from Amateur Radio until just recently. I started reading about all of the new digital modes and decided it was time to get back into the game and find out what all this new stuff was about. To get up to speed again I added the Extra Class to my Amateur resume which was a good review and gave me an overview of the new areas. The only thing that seemed to be missing was the old theory about "transistors under glass", you know those things with plates, grids, cathodes and filaments. They were a big part of the 60s amateur exams.

After I upgraded to the Extra Class I applied for a Vanity Call sign and I now have my initials as part of my call. It is much easier to say and also send it by CW too.

I have been enjoying the Amateur satellites with my Kenwood TH-D72 handheld and an Arrow antenna. I have also recently added an Icom IC-7300 as my main HF rig and I still have my IC-7410 either rig can feed my barefoot 100 Watts into an OCF Dipole or a 17M Di-Pole to give me eligibility in the 100 watts and a wire club (100WAAW). They are strung between two trees and a pole on my deck. I also have a BuddyPole that I plan to use for portable operations.

I have been experimenting with PSK31 using fldigi software and JT65 & JT9 using the WSJT-X software.

I definitely want to revisit RTTY again but this time it will be without the clattering machine keeping everyone awake. I also see SDR as the future of Amateur Radio and want to explore that facet too.

Oh yeah, the many years of rust on my CW skills need to be eliminated too.

The photo below shows my BuddyPole antenna on my deck. The winds were calm on the day of the photo so I only used the sandbag weights on the tripod. I have some bright pink, attention getting, guy ropes if there is any wind predicted.

I adjust the whip lengths and the coil taps to access either 17 or 15 meters. My OCF dipole strung between some trees is mentioned above and provides coverage on 40, 20, 10 and 6 meters.





     Butler County Amateur Radio Assn. (BCARA)

     SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA)

     100WAAW - #740


     VE Affiliations: Laurel


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W8RES
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dedateband mode grid Country op
K8LEE 2017-09-19 20M FT8 EM79 United States WAYNE
HB0WR 2017-09-19 17M FT8 JN47sc Liechtenstein Waldemar
HB9ACA 2017-09-19 17M FT8 JN36ls Switzerland Manfred
KB7Q 2017-09-19 40M FT8 DN45lp United States Gene
HK6JCF 2017-09-19 40M FT8 FJ25ga Colombia Jose
AA7UN 2017-09-19 40M FT8 DN32 United States JAMES
KS5Z 2017-09-18 20M FT8 DM93ao United States Terence
VE6RMB 2017-09-18 20M FT8 DO21wb Canada Randy
IK5FKF 2017-09-18 20M FT8 JN54fb Italy Piero
W2GLF 2017-09-18 40M FT8 FN21ob United States Gary
YV5DRN 2017-09-18 20M FT8 FK60 Venezuela Leandro
KG2DWS 2017-09-18 40M FT8 FN13ge United States Dennis
K7GA 2017-09-18 40M FT8 DM22tq United States Geoffrey
KB2DJJ 2017-09-18 40M FT8 FN21xc United States Ira
KK4DIV 2017-09-18 40M FT8 EM70ef United States Robert

Book Totals: 1902 qso's   628 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#3316
Granted: 2017-08-18 11:54:02   (W8RES)

Grid Squared Award#15692
Granted: 2017-04-05 14:06:02   (W8RES)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#6343
Granted: 2017-04-05 14:04:03   (W8RES)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
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