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Gary W8SDR

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West Chester, OH - USA
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After a long break from HF, I returned after retiring in May of 2011. Amateur Radio has been a part of my life since getting my Novice License back in 1967. In October of 2011, I upgraded to the Extra class license. Retirement provides me the time to take full advantage of Amateur Radio. I'm having more fun than ever.


My HF station consists of the Flex 6500, Flex 5000A and a Yaesu FT-2000D. The station mic is a Heil PR-40. The amp is the Acom 2000A. On occasion I fire up my Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier. I also have an Elecraft KPA500 amplifier that I use from time to time. My station uses the Palstar HF-Auto Antenna Tuner. The HF-Auto tuner is really great and has been a reliable work horse. Since adding the Acom 2000A I no longer have a need for my antenna tuner. I use the DWM-2 Watt Meter by Applied Engineering Science to monitor my levels.


My main antennas are wire dipoles. Double bazookas are my favorite. I have limited space for antennas. I also have a 6BTV vertical antenna with 25 radials. It works very well on 10, 15 and 20 meters. I also have a collection of VHF and UHF radios.


The QTH is in the southwest corner of Ohio in a community called Pisgah which is part of West Chester. This is about 22 miles north of Cincinnati..


On November 18, 2014 I changed my call from WB8BFW to W8SDR to signify my appreciation for SDR radio. For me, this is the future of Ham Radio.


In the evenings you can find me on 3.740 MHz lower sideband. If you in the local area I monitor 443.800 MHz. That repeater belongs to Jack, WB8BFS. Also reach me via my Echolink node, W8SDR-L, node number 279356.

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