Thanks for visiting. I have been a Ham radio operator since October 2010. I am currently exploring all of the various modes and bands as much as time permits.
2013 was my first year as a fledgling CW op , so if you came here after a CW QSO, let me apologize for any frustrating experience that you may have had! It's a work in progress...but I'm getting better at it as time goes on. CW is what kept me away from amateur radio because I didn't think I would enjoy it, so I didn't want to put any effort into learning it for the Novice license. Fast forward decades later, as a "no-code Extra", I have come to appreciate the raw simplicity and power of the mode. However, I need a lot more practice, but it is getting easier with each contact.
2015: With the help of such programs as "Just Learn Morse Code" which uses the Koch method, I have come a long way with my ability to copy Morse code. One of the great features is the option to use a text file or to "paste in" whatever text you want to hear in code! I set the program in "normal" spacing and speed where there is no extra spacing anymore and it's like listening to a W1AW broadcast with text and speed of my choice. Listening to real QSOs on the bands has helped me to decipher some of the more difficult fists which often sound nothing like machine generated code! This all part of the charm of the CW mode!
I also enjoy SSB ragchews, especially with DX stations ( as language barriers will allow) to get the "news" directly from the people who are living it. The domestic guys/gals are great too!
My interests include antenna building, radio modification/repair , camping , hiking, and mountain biking. I am looking to integrate amateur radio into the last three as well. As of this writing the "antenna farm" consists of 20, 30,40, 80, and 160 meter half wave wire dipoles and a surplus 2 meter vertical with radials.
My current project is restoring some ARC-5 and SCR-274 radios back to as close original as practical. So if you have some of this type equipment that you would like to sell, please contact me.
My foray into the VHF spectrum and above is limited to mobile FM rigs working local repeaters. One of the local systems is a network of linked repeaters which includes a 10 meter 1300 watt machine with the antenna at approximately 1600 feet. This is almost like having a mobile remote HF station. There are lots of DX opportunities via cross banding while the 10 meter band is open. Very interesting! Unfortunately, we can't tie up the repeater for very long, but it surely helps break up the monotony of long drives!
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