I was first licensed in late 1972 as WN8NUT (Novice Class). At that time, the Novice Class license expired after two years. Not wanting to lose my ham radio license, but also not very proficient in CW, I decided to upgrade to Technician. I upgraded to Technician in 1974, and my call was changed to WB8NUT.
At that time Technicians did not have any HF privileges, so all my time was spent on 6 and 2 meters. I really fell in love with 6 meters, operating principally on 50.4 using AM.
The family moved to St. Louis in 1986 after McDonnell Douglas transferred me there. Around that same time Technicians were given access to the 10 meter voice band. Sun spots were hopping at that time and I was getting my first taste of real DX. I had to increase my CW speed so I could pass the 13 wpm test and upgrade to General. On a business trip to Houston, I picked up some CW tapes at a downtown ham store, studied very hard and passed the 13 wpm CW test in June of 1987 at the Egyptian Hamfest in Illinois.
I also use the ARRL Log Book of the World. Feel free to QSL via LOTW. I NO LONGER use eQSL.
While in St. Louis, I almost Worked All States. Actually got up to 46 states. But we moved back to Cincinnati in 1990 and that pretty much started the process all over again. In February 2002, I finally achieved WAS. In late 2011 I got a second WAS award using only LOTW confirmations. In early 2012, I got the 50th state on LOTW for WAS Digital, though still waiting for the ARRL to process the application.
I was able to get my WAC certificate while I lived in St. Louis. I recently reached 103 confrmed countries and submitted the QSL cards to the ARRL for DXCC. On September 26, 2003, I was awarded DXCC certificate #39,162.
In late 2011, I received DXCC Phone Only #40,306. In 2014 I finally achieved DXCC 10 Meters only.
Sure wish more people would use LOTW. With postage going up and up, it is the quick and easy way to QSL and very cost effective.
I am active on HF on all bands expect 160. Rigs are a Kenwood TS-590, Yaesu FTdx-1200, Yaesu FT-817D (QRP), TenTec Rebel (QRP), TenTec Patriot (QRP), MFJ 9420 (QRP), and a group of VHF rigs and handhelds for FM, DStar, DMR and Fusion on 2 meters, 220 (FM only) and 440. HF antenna is a Hustler 6BTV vertical (ground mounted).
Although I use SSB and CW on HF, most of my activity is on digital modes. I mostly enjoy PSK31, MFSK, Hellschreiber and JT65-HF.
Active on D-Star on the K8BIG C repeaters in Cincinnati or the K4CO C repeater in Northern Kentucky. Remember, DStar is THE Digital Standard for Amateur Radio and uses the most widely used method of digital transmission in the world - GMSK. It is also accepted worldwide. Now also have DMR capability on 440 and Fusion on 2 meters. You can find me on either K8BIG, K4TCD, K8SCH or WB8CRS.
You can also call me on the OH-KY-IN 146.67 repeater with conventional FM. OH-KY-IN is my home club.
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