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is a great radio for portable FM satellites. See
my satellite page for details.
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My Amateur Radio
My original HF Novice
the late 1970's I was into CB radio.
I wanted to expand my interest in radio and realized that CB was
a dead end. I worked for a
local ambulance company/funeral home.
This is another story but it got me started in my emergency
medicine path, EMT/Firefighter volunteering, EMT on an ambulance,
working dispatch for ambulance, air ambulance, work as a tech in a local
ED, and my current medical IT career.
One of the morticians was a ham.
He helped me prep for my test and morse code requirement.
I tested at Mann Hall here in Spokane.
This was still when the FCC did the testing.
I passed and got my novice ticket in 1980.
I started out with some old Heathkit equipment, pictured above,
HX-20 transmitter and a HR-10 receiver. Many CW contacts were made
with this old equipment. I eventually upgraded to
the SB-102. I was further influenced by another ham I worked with as a
partner on the ambulance, Jim, WA7WDL.
He got me interested into VHF and digital modes.
I took my technician test about 1982.
Got into VHF FM with a Icom 2AT in 1982 after getting my
technician ticket. Purchased
a Commodore 64 and PK-64 and this was my start in packet radio.
Another ham that influenced me in ham radio is Gary, K7PG.
I was grandfathered in to a general class in the 90's with the
license changes. I have
primarily worked VHF/UHF FM, Packet, SSB satellites for several years
with the AO-10, AO-13 and AO-40 satellites. Have been active in our local
ARES group over the years and the Inland Empire VHF Club running their
packet BBS for many years and the KBARA group. I still work VHF/UHF FM, play with APRS/Packet
and FM and SSB Satellites. Shortwave and
scanner listening have also been part of my hobby as well.
I have added weather satellite reception to my list. Holding a general class license I have not done much with HF
since selling my last 720a. I am back into HF with
my Icom 729 including digital modes using a SingnaLink USB.
A lot difference from what I started with in amateur radio over 33 years
or have owned (green
indicates currently own):
Icom Base Radios:
720A, 251A, 451A, 271A, 729/AT-160,
Icom Mobiles: 280A,
28A, 228A, 228H, 22S, 22U, 3200A, 3210A,
706 MKIIG/ LDG Z-100+
2AT, 4AT, 32AT, u2AT,
u4AT, P2AT, 24AT, W32A,
Q7A, P7A, Z1A,
R1, R2, R5, R70, R20,