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I have been licensed since 1976, and enjoy most facets of Ham Radio, but enjoy DXing and Rag Chewing the most. I am Retired from the US Army, and the State of Tennessee.

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During my time in the Army, I was stationed in France, Germany 2 times, Vietnam, and Korea 4 times. I visited many other countries while in the Army, and several other after Retiring.

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While in Korea for the 4th time, I was HL9JV and was assigned at Uijongbu, about 15 miles north of Seoul. I decided to make a wire beam and ended up with between 3 and 6 element beams for 40 through 10 meters. I was instructed that my radio equipment must be secured when I was not using it, so I mounted a wall locker on its side, to the top of my desk, then installed everything inside of it.

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During my 4th tour in Korea as HL9JV, I got started in RTTY. I used a old Army TT4 unit that I borrowed from a Jeep, and a demodulator I built from a kit.

This is the Teletype unit that was used in the US Army Ratt Rigs with the GRC 106 radio set. The one I was using was just like this, but was missing the sound deadening cover. The TT4 turned out to be way too loud for me to use in my quarters without the cover, so I picked up a Robot 800 and 400, which were very high tech back then.

Fast forward over 30 years, I am having a lot of fun using one of the many sound card programs, and a Rigblaster Nomic unit. I checked around and everyone told me that the rtty program MMTTY was one of the best available, and it is free. After trying it, I decided I want to use it, along with DXTelnet and DX4Win logging program. I have been using these 2 programs together DXing since the late 1990s, and they make a perfect combination. I checked, and the newer versions of DX4WIN has MMTTY built in, so I upgraded to version 8.05 and it is a perfect combination.
 

I took a break from Ham Radio from 2006 to 2014 to build my play car, so missed these last two.


See you in the pile up. :)      I still need BS7 Scarbourgh Reef and FT5W Crozet

I retired in 1998 so I could travel, and enjoy my hobbies. Besides Ham Radio, I enjoy tinkering with cars. This is my Weekend Play Car with 905 HP (click for full details & photos)

Below are recent photos.

           

 

This has many photos of our DXPedition to Eritrea (click)    

               

The one on the left is me standing on the boom while using a sawsall to cut the mast pipe off so I could remove the damaged vertical and install a 2m beam antenna 

The antenna  on the right was encassed by over 1 inch of ice, and snapped the  overhead truss supports. I had to get a crain to  help us remove the ice, lift the ends  then install new overhead truss supports

This is a view of the 90 foot tower and X7. 

Well, I finally got  a 75m antenna up again. I went with a bow-tie dipole in a inverted V configuration. It has 2 wires, using 410 instead of 468 in the formula, and the wires are ran parallel, with ends separated by about 10ft. This makes it very wide banded, with a swr of less than 1.5 to 1 from 3.700 to 3.975. This will make the antenna about 108 feet overall length, instead of 123 feet for 3.800 mhz. Very pleased with it. Will put up a 40m antenna as soon as the weather improves.

Below is my Favorite QSL Card. :)

 

 

 

 

I was able to make the DXCC Honor Roll on 10m as a Tech. I upgraded to General 2 months later.

                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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