Hi there, I'm a relatively new ham -- got my ticket in mid-2010 and quickly upgraded to a 'no code' extra. Soon afterwards, me elmer introduced me to the magic of QRP, so I picked up CW anyway, which is a blast. When I travel for my job, I like to work portable from hilltops.
I was born in Chicago in 1973, and have been here my whole life. By day, I'm a software engineer (and manager) at Google's Chicago office. I also play a lot of bluegrass banjo, jazz piano, write musicals, do semi-professional photography, write computer games, and collect a bunch of other hobbies. See my website for more details, or my blog to read about my latest ham radio adventures.
My portable QRP station: an Elecraft KX3 -- usually powered by AA batteries. I either sling a LNR Endfed 40m/20m dipole into a tree, or carry a Buddistick to clamp to a picnic table. Overall, my goal is to carry as little as possible onto the airplane! For longer field expeditions, I'll use an A123 nanophosphate battery and a full-size Buddipole.
My home station: the Elecraft Trio: K3, KPA500, KAT500, which allows me to run anywhere from QRPP to 500 watts. Using a homemade horizonal delta loop at about 25 feet, running across my tiny backyard from my roof to two trees. I'm in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood -- right in the heart of the city. Lots of QRM here, but I'm finally close to getting my WAS.
I'm always happy to QSL either by direct mailing of cards (no need to send a SASE), or by LotW.
I'm a member of the Chicago FM Club, which has a repeater network covering the whole Chicago area. I don't do much VHF or HF though (except on my HT during road trips). I much prefer QRP CW contests!
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