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I was first licensed in 2014 and upgraded to general class in 2016.  My grandfather, Robert W Gluck, passed away in 2006 and I activated his expired W7KYG call as my own vanity call and I try to honor his memory through my service to the community. When I was young he introduced me to amateur radio and I was fascinated but too lazy to learn Morse code.

Now that I've grown up a little, I spend much of my free time reading about technology and space exploration. When I discovered the ISEE-3 reboot project I was inspired by the volunteers who used software defined radio to regain contact with the abandoned space probe. While reading about ISEE-3 I realized that there are also satellites with amateur radio payloads that are available for use by ham operators. This gave me the motivation to study for my test and I was licensed in August 2014. Now I am slowly learning the art of radio.

My interests include satellite work, HF contests and the national traffic system. I am also collaborating with other developers on the qruqsp.org open-source project. We are currently customizing open-source software to run mostly on a Raspberry Pi connected to RTL-SDR, decode digital modes, store received messages in databases and relay traffic as directed by the control operator. We currently have a web interface that allows search of our databases via http connections across mesh-nets and the Internet. We hope to add ways to search and send commands to our software via RF as well. We are seeking developers and testers to help.

My radio toys include: Icom IC-7100 transceivers,M2 2MCP22 and 436CP42UG beam antennas, ARR MSP144VDG-160 and MSP432VDG-160 preamplifiers, Yaesu G-5500 azimuth/elevation rotator, and GS-232B computer controller for working the satellites.

During the last weekend of October 2015 I had the pleasure of operating in the 2015 CQ WW DX contest with operators: WA5FWC N3BUO K5AC KC9FFV N5TIT NM5M KN5TX

We won first place in the United States 5th Call Area, 21st place in North America and 99th place in the World. Thanks to all for this great learning opportunity!

2015 CQ WW DX Award

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