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Hello

My name is Jeromy. Ive been into radio for years. I began playing around on CB's as a young boy and became interested in ham radio. So, i began studying and got my Tech when i was 16 or 17. I once was working a local 2-meter repeater which was owned by the late K9KE, which had a 10 meter link on it. I was able to work Austrailia on my 2 meter portable from the backyard here in Illinois, on 1-watt. Thats when i got the bug, to get on HF. I worked on my Gen and then a few years later I got my Extra. 

Ham radio has always been an enjoyable hobby to me, and as technology changes, i find myself facinated as i dabble into more and more things. The evolution of the internet and IP technology in both ham and commercial radio is truely amazing.

Ive enjoyed building antennas, repeaters, doing hf mobile, tower work, working DX, digital modes, and so much more. Ham radio is so diverse, as there are so many hobbies within the hobby. 

As a career i started out as an electrical lineman. I also ran a business doing 2-way radio sales and service as well as tower installation and repairs, on the side. Thru all the changes in landmobile radio converting to digital IP linked systems and my involvment in a wireless internet business, i began learning alot about network infrastructure and microwave paths.  About 10 years later I went inside as a field engineer and also managed our IT network as well. As part of my job i engineer parts of our electrical grid and maintian a GIS system. So, i have had a pretty evolving career, which i have enjoyed very much, for only being 35 at the time.

 

MY CURRENT SETUP:

Rig-  FLEX 6500

PC- ASUS Q324UAK  Laptop w/  Intel i7 processor, 16gb of RAM, and Windows 10 os.

Antennas-  Homebrew Cobbweb/ & Dipole on 6/10/12/15/17/20   and homebrew trap inverted L  on 40/80/160

Power- 100W max (25 or less on digi)

Video link of my antennas shot from my new drone: 

 

Most of my operating is remote, be it here at home over my LAN or via VPN while out and about. I have my shack in a shop behind my house, but with young kids and being on the go alot, i find it hard to get time to go out there. So, i have taken many different approaches at remote operation. I have used a Ham Radio Deluxe and remote desktop from an ipad or iphone. Then tried a program called CommCat for a while. But i found that none of them gave me the full functionality of my rigs. So, after that i tried running a remoterig and TS-480HX setup for the past 2 years with great luck. But being the technology junky i am, i decided to take on a new approach to remote operation. After hearing all the praises and reviews on the FLEX radios, i decided to give them a try. I purchased a 6500 model radio and the learning curve began. It would probably help if i read the manual, but after a week of button pushing and experimentation, i finally picked up on it. The SmartSDR software on PC is very nice. I figured things out, and was up and running on digi modes like PSK, RTTY, and JT65 quite quickly. I LOVE the iOS app and run it on my iphone and ipad. My shack is in a shop behind my house, so its nice to run over my LAN, from the app while inside the house. I opted to buy the $5 add-ons in the app for the bandplan and cluster. Very nice. If im messing around in the house and see something pop-up on the spotter, i simply tap on the callsign and the rig tunes right to it. Very convenient. I have to say that at first i was uncertain if i should be spending that much money on a single rig, but i will honestly say i wish id done it long ago. It is the best investment i have made in this hobby. The noise abatement is outstanding. I live in a subdivision and it can be very noisy at times. But, the Flex cleans it out and makes it quite pleasant to operate. Now that i have things figured out, and running well, i am concidering moving the station to a remote location in the country on my family farm, to improve noise floor even further, as well as lessen my limitations on antennas and space.

Now, SmartSDR 2.0 is said to promise WAN connectivity sometime in the early quater of 2017, but who wants to wait for that?  I setup a free program called SoftEther on my desktop PC at home, as a VPN server and setup and loaded a configuration file on my iOS devices, then was able to remotely connect to my home LAN, and to the FLEX-6500.  It is awesome. The audio is superb. I ran the Remoterigs for the past 2 years on my commute to and from work. On my commute there were 3 locations where the RX and TX audio would get distorted or disconnect. However, the SmartSDR app seems to just work right thru those areas. I havent checked what kind of bandwidth its pulling, but the remoterig setup was very little. Maybe its a difference in codecs.  But, this is by far my favorite and most enjoyable remote operation experience in my ham radio "career". Well worth the investment. I honestly think, after owning almost every Icom, Yaesu, and some Kenwoods made over the last 15+yrs, that this is going to be the last radio i will ever need. Now, i may find myself "wanting" a 6700 someday, but....... :-)   lol

 

 

All my QSO's WILL be logged here and via LOTW

 

 

Pics of tower work and linework I've done over the years:

 

 

 

 

 


Thanks for visiting and a pleasure to put you down the Log!! 73!!

 

 

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