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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 JT9.

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 JT65).  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 a end-fed 30 foot long wire strung between the gutter on one side of my house, and the end of my garage.  It's 10 feet off the ground.

My RF output on digital is 50 watts, and about 100 watts on SSB when on the loop, and about the same when on the end fed.  Due to high man-made QRN I generally stick to the loop.

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" (laptop running the

link sits where the "cat paper holder" is in this pic)

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.


MFJ 1786 in back yard


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










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K4LAW 2017-07-27 20M FT8 EL88sb United States SETH T CRAINE
N7JX 2017-07-27 20M FT8 DM09dn United States THOMAS E LINK
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W7DRW 2017-07-26 20M FT8 DM44VH United States Dennis R Wilkes
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