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I prefer to be called Bob  ------->   (Please don't pronounce it or spell it backwards)





I was originally licensed 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.

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 (2015). 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. Recently I added an Icom IC-7300 as my main HF rig with my IC-7410 as a secondary. Either rig can feed my barefoot 100 Watts into an OCF Dipole or a 17m/15m Fan 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 & the new FT8 mode using the WSJT-X software and JTAlert.

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.





     Butler County Amateur Radio Assn. (BCARA)

     SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA)

     100WAAW - #740


     VE Affiliations: Laurel


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World Continents Award#18481
Granted: 2017-10-07 07:36:02   (W8RES)

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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