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Welcome to my bio page 

I go by Josh rather than Joshua. I graduated from Michigan Tech in December 2016.  I got into ham radio via CB radio, had one set up in the Jeep and never made contact with anyone. Then someone mentioned to me that I should get into ham radio. I started looking at what I could do with it, and it opened up a new world to me. I took my first test in Houghton, MI and passed my Tech element. I played around on 2m and 440 for a while, and gained more knowledge for the ham world. After getting home I started to study for my General Class. The day after I got my wisdom teeth pulled I went to take my General element here in Grand Rapids, MI and passed it. After passing the General element the world of HF opened up for me. Being a General for a while, HF has really sparked an interest in me. After being a general for 6 months or so, i caught the DX bug. Wanting to work more DX I studied for my extra, and passed at my local clubs (W8LRC) testing session on 2/11/17. So if your interested in DX, I normally hang out on 40m. I have been working more on 20m and trying to get my WAS award, so if you hear me give me shout.

Mobile Setup:

My first radio was a Yaesu Ft-2900, which for some time was installed in my truck. It now sits in my ham shack. Once I moved the FT-2900 into the shack I used a Vertex FTL 2011, a commecial rig that did me well until I sold the truck.

I sold the truck and picked up a smaller car. With a new car I had to have a new radio. So I ended up with an FTM-100DR, with an CA-2x4SRNMO Comet antenna on the hatch of the car. The morning people are hardly on the loacl a repeaters, so I normally turn on the APRS. But during the evenings I float between FM and C4FM, normally log into the MnWi Fusion Room( Room# 21493). After my first adventure at the muddy Hamvention i ended up with a new mobile, an XPR 4500 (DRM). It is curretnly installed as a remote head and running out to a CA-2x4SRNMO Coment Wideband antenna. After that I got the itch to run HF mobile. So i sourced an FT-857, and a Z-100 Tuner. After quite sometime I finally got it installed.


Ham Shack:

So after graduating, I moved the shack around a bit and added a few antennas. But my main rig is still a Kenwood Ts-440s, and have two antennas up for it. The first is my workhorse antenna, a G5RV, and the other antenna is a long wire about 125 feet long. The other radio on the desk is an FT-2900R, and have a DIY Jpole about 35 feet up.

The Tower

A couple of photos of the tower. Free standing about 29 feet at the top. The Jpole is about 35 feet up.



Currently I am building a QRP Rig, it is a BitX 40 SSB Radio. More project details at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2088100.

Thanks for looking








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