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I was originally licensed in 1969 as WN8YSQ.  After a few months I passed my General (WB8YSQ) and Advanced and shortly after I studied and became an Amateur Extra Class. I have kept my same call sign all these years! Been enjoying 48 years of ham radio and the changes have been so cool to witness. 

I enjoy working many of the Digital modes, High Speed CW, DX chasing, and SSB on all HF bands. Contesting is a favorite of mine capturing many stations in a very short time.

My current station consists of:

Rig: Yaesu FT DX3000 with Yaesu FP-1030A power supply

Amplifier: Ameriton AL-811H 800 watts

Antennas: DX Engineering 5 band HEX Beam with Yaesu Rotor on a Universal free standing tower at ~47ft.  I also have a 246ft Center Fed Long Wire at 40ft on same tower for 160M-80M- & 40M.

Tuner: LDG  AT-1000 Pro II Autotuner

I am married and have two sons, one in Wilkesboro NC and the other in Durham NC about 2 1/2 hours East.

My wife and I just moved from Ohio to North Carolina on March 18, 2016 to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of NC so we can be closer to our children and are 1st Grandson!!  Our mountain setting has awesome views in all directions and sits on 4.25 acres at 3000 ft elevation.  Finally got the HEX beam and 246' Long wire up and everything is working awesome.  Hex Beam is impressive and the dipole is working great on all bands.

God Bless

Dave

Our beautiful new house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina at 3000 ft elevation.

Below is the front view from our porch at dusk.

Ham Shack setup.

 

10,000 Lbs. of concrete later the free standing tower is installed.

 

HEX Beam with the Long Wire Balun can be seen on top!

Below is a view of my new 16ft X 12ft Blueridge Telescope Observatory.  Yes the roof is a roll off..... it is motorized and rolls the roof off onto the gantry seen behind it.

My website is located at www.blueridge-observatory. net

I use the telscope mostly for Astrophotography.  I have been published and I love taking deep sky images using a CCD camera with my Celestron Schmitt Cassegrain telescope seen below.

Above is the M31 Andromeda Galaxy.  I captured this image just before we moved to NC.  Now that I finally got the observatory built and the telescope set back up here in North Carolina,  I will be doing a lot of CCD imaging.  The skies here are very dark and you can see the Milky Way from horizon to horizon. No major light pollution for more than 100 miles! 

This is my 1st North Carolina image.....the Lagoon Nebula!!

My latest CCD images captured from the new observatory.  Seen below is the Horsehead and Flame Nebula.

This one is the Orion Nebula with the Running Man Nebula image from a few days later.

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United States Award#2813
Granted: 2017-01-23 20:39:11   (WB8YSQ)

DX World Award#4948
Granted: 2017-01-09 09:45:45   (WB8YSQ)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#4270
Granted: 2016-08-25 14:47:11   (WB8YSQ)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13623
Granted: 2016-08-25 14:47:08   (WB8YSQ)

Endorsements:
  • 20M Mixed
World Continents Award#15031
Granted: 2016-08-25 14:47:04   (WB8YSQ)

Endorsements:
  • 20M Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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