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I started working in Broadcasting (radio) after getting out of college in 1971. The technical aspects of that industry had always interested me.

I worked at small market statons in the West Palm Beach FL market, and got friendly with the engineers. Back in those days, you needed a First Class Commercial license to take antenna base current readings, and adjust the plate and load on the AM transmitters every three hours. So... I went off to a 6 week cram school, visited the FCC in Miami, and passed the exam.

After being appointed Chief Operator at the station in Jupiter, FL, I got more involved with the technical end (doing weekly field strength readings, helping with regular maintenance), and also sitting in the studio one night, running 7.5 watts (our Pre-sunrise authority power) after midnight, testing our coverage, talking to the contract engineers via the STL link while they travelled down the road.

I was really hooked now...and went off with a bunch of CB'ers (yikes!) and took a novice, class, and passed it (mid-1977).

I had a part time job at the local volunteer fire department, and grabbed a copy of "5 to 1000 watts" (self study manual put out by Radio Shack) and crammed my head full of theory and legaleese. After doing that for a month or so, I went down to the FCC field office in Miami, passed the code, and passed the General exam.

 

I . Upgraded to Advanced in 1982, and passed the Extra test 4/10/2010.

I was deeply involved in packet radio from it's inception, and ran a VHF/HF gateway on 14.105 till Hurricanes Francis and Jean wiped out my antennas.

Looking forward to RAGCHEWS and casual DX QSO's as time and propagation permit.

I also spend a lot of time on PSK-31, Olivia, Contestia, THROB, etc. and now FT8.

Moved to the State of WA 09/16/14.

My  HF rig is a Kenwood TS-590s, with an Icom 718 for backup. I primarily use digital modes (PSK, Olivia, and the JT modes, including FT8)).  Since I'm in an "antenna unfriendly " area, I must be stealthy.  My  antennas are a MFJ 1786 Magnetic Loop (5 feet above ground on a trtipod) and as of July 31, 2017 a used ZERO FIVE 30 foot vertical, which is now my primary antenna.

My RF output on digital is 50 watts, and about 100 watts on SSB.

UPDATE:  Now using the Raspberry Pi and DVAP for D-STAR...with the latop to run EchoLink.

The shack as of December 2015

2 meter rig, power supply on top are for EchoLink "Link".

TS-590s  is below, and IC-718 below that.  Remote tune for MFJ is to the left of the 718.

HT's to the right are a iCOM 80-AD for D-STAR and a Wouxun for Echolink.

 

Zero Five Vertical and MFJ 1786 in back yard (MFJ was primary till I got the vertical.  MFJ will eventually be used for receiveing).

 

 

Raspberry Pi and DVAP (partially hidden by window valance) used for D-Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WD4KAV
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dedateband mode grid Country op
CF3FF 2017-10-18 15M FT8 FN03dr Canada Igor Mordick
W2EY 2017-10-18 17M FT8 FN42fr United States HOWARD G JONES, JR
KF0UR 2017-10-18 20M FT8 DM78nw United States SHELDON W RADIN
VY1RAC 2017-10-17 20M PSK31 FN25ci Canada RADIO AMATEUR DU / OF CANADA INC.
KJ4WD 2017-10-17 20M PSK FM05mq United States CARL J PONTO
AB4BC 2017-10-17 15M FT8 EM96QL47 United States Rodney B Cave
VA3MJR 2017-10-17 15M FT8 FN03bf Canada David Ross
AJ5ZX 2017-10-17 17M FT8 DM91rn United States ROBERT R CAMRON
N0VPL 2017-10-17 17M FT8 EM11kp United States Scott A Jukes
NV0O 2017-10-17 17M FT8 EM28tt United States DAVID R WHITE
W5ZIT 2017-10-17 17M FT8 EM13ud United States JAMES H BROWN
K4EAY 2017-10-16 17M FT8 EM64dt United States CARL NEIDERT
KC8YDS 2017-10-16 17M FT8 EN91OE73 United States Steven T Ruman, Jr
K3OWX 2017-10-16 17M FT8 FM19PL90 United States ROBERT E MERRITT
7L3LNF 2017-10-15 20M FT8 PM94ww Japan Hitoshi Shiono

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United States Counties Award#4773
Granted: 2016-09-28 19:18:02   (WD4KAV)

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World Continents Award#4388
Granted: 2015-02-16 21:05:03   (WD4KAV)

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Grid Squared Award#3691
Granted: 2015-02-16 21:05:02   (WD4KAV)

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