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I got into amateur radio via the SWL (shortwave listener) route in the late 60ís. What an interesting time for a SWL - many high power broadcast stations around the world transmitting their versions of what was going on in the world. I grew up in South Bend, Indiana about 1 mile from The University of Notre Dame.
I was first licensed in 1970 as WN9DLC and did most of my Novice work with a Globe Scout 680A and a National NC173 Receiver.
I have typically been very active except for an 8 year QRT from about 1996 till December of 2003. This included running RTTY with a Model 15 Teletype machine and an Electrocom FSC-250 converter made by South Bend native Burt Jaffe - W9BJ(sk). In 1980 I interfaced a Commodore Pet Computer for RTTY - one of the first computer based RTTY setups. I Operated a lot of Packet before the nationwide packet network was somewhat obsoleted by the internet. Since December 2003 Iím active on HF and 2 meters again and having a blast. At the present time I operate mostly CW at both QRO and QRP levels. I also operate some FT-8 and PSK31 and occasionally some SSB.
For a period of time I was doing a lot with vintage gear and had a good time with that. I have a small collection of vintage gear but I need to pass it on to others who can enjoy it.
I am having fun with some QRP rigs (see the QRP Page ). The most fun is to operate portable in a park, or even just out on my deck during the summer.
The current main rig is a Ten Tec Omni VII.
A great rig. Getting a little old, now. I have started thinking
about what the next rig might be.
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More to life than Ham Radio...