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2019-10-18 15:05:25 UTC









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Richard A. Dubey Jr.

Torrington 06790
United States, CT

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Call data

Last update:2019-10-16 11:08:40
QTH:Torrgitnton CT
Main prefix:K
Federal state:CT
US county:Litchfield
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:4208434

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QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2019-10-16 11:09:12
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES
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Funny where the paths of radio take you. In 1985 I was 15 years old. I had a CB radio and talked to a few folks in the neighborhood most every night. One guy I used to talk to lived up the street he had a stroke a few years before, he needed some help around his house as he couldn't get around well, so I went to give him a hand. He was an avid shooter (and I wanted to be one). In return for helping him out he taught me Metallic Reloading and helped me get a membership into a local range. I ended up shooting Highpower Rifle and Smallbore Gallery Pistol competitively to this day.

I wanted to move up to Ham radio but I had neither the money, time nor want to learn morse code (required at that time). Went off to college for Electrical Engineering in 1989 and bombed out. Went back for Mechanical Design in 1989 and for Plastics Design in 2001 and did well. Always loved electronics though. Went on to to buy a house in Torrington CT in 1997. At that point I simply didn't think about Ham Radio. From 1997 to 2019 I became proficient with Gardeining, Shovelhead Repair, Photography, Brewing, Furniture Making, Cooking, Reloading Metallic and Shotshell, Bullet Casting, Firearm Refinishing and Repair, 3D Archery, Hops and Hot Pepper Growing, etc. (Incidentally if you have an interest in those things, let me know).

Finally late this August 2019 I decided get my Ham Radio license out of the blue. So I studied, then took and passed both the Technicians exam and the General exam on Sept 10th 2019. I bought an older Yaesu FT-840 on ebay, a couple antennas and some assorted doo-dads to get on the air. I'm just finishing up a switch mode 50A power supply project to run everything (which works!).

Lately I have been getting my feet wet with FT8 till I get my equipment set up in a comfortable manner to sit and try to phone folks. Saving my pennies for an FT-9700 and an IC-7610, probably in February. Just got an IC-7300. My FT-840 out for repairs (failed re-capping of main board).

Hope to catch you on the air. ~73


Worked DXCCs:


Icom IC-7300 HF/50
Yaesu FT-840 HF
AT-6666 10 meter mobile

MFJ-949e Antenna Matcher & Switch / SWR & Power Meter
MFJ-849 SWR / Power Meter

Rigblaster Advantage

Agilent 6302A Power Supply
Home Built 50A DC power supply w/filtered 120VAC output

Solarcon Imax-2000 Antenna
Tram 1411 Discone Antenna
myAntennas EFHW-8010 End Fed Multi Band Dipole

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W1SPS / My QSL Card (well one of them)

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