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Richard A. Dubey Jr.

Torrington 06790
United States, CT

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Last update:2020-02-26 12:59:24
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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Last update:2019-10-16 11:09:12
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Hey there! Rich here W1SPS

(Formerly KC1LXM if that is still showing up in your logbook)

If you're looking for electronics things check out this stuff. So much better if a Ham could use it.

W1SPS eBay Stuff >>

Anyway, On with the show:

Funny where the paths of radio take you, and how you get there. 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).

In 1988 I was deciding between College or the Service. Dad was Vietnam Vet (crew chief for 269th CAB "Black Barons" in Chu Chi 1967-68). He got out of the service and worked his way up through the ranks for the City Of Bristol (CT) DOT. You started on Garbage and worked your way up. He went from Garbage to Tree Gang (limbing trees and such), Dump Truck Driver (also did dispatch on weekends), Mechanic and when he retired was the Head Mechanic for the Town of Bristol after 34 years. He preferred that I went to college instead of the service. So I went off to college for Electrical Engineering in 1989 and did horribly. Turns out I'm not good at math. Then I remembered a book my Dad had found in the trash when he was working garbage. The book was "Blueprint Reading Pt2". That book was always fascinating to me as a kid. So, I went back for Mechanical Design in 1989 and did very well. Then I took Plastics Design in 2001 (through a work program) and did well. Always loved electronics though. We lost Dad on Veterans day at 11:30am on 2009 from Agent Orange.

I Went on to to buy a house in Torrington CT in 1997 (I was 27). At that point I simply didn't think about Ham Radio. From 1997 to 2019 I became proficient with Gardening, 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).

Also have a 1978-1/2 FXS Shovelhead that I customized a bit.

This August 2019 I decided get my Ham Radio license out of the blue. I was remembering my old CB days and was feeling nostalgic. I picked up an Anytone 6666 and gave 11m a listen... No one was there. So I thought maybe no one does this anymore. In hopes that someone might be on Ham bands I studied, then took and passed both the Technician's exam and the General exam on Sept 10th 2019. I started getting my feet wet with FT8 with a Rigblaster Advantage and a used Yaesu FT-840 (which I have since murdered by botching a re-capping of the main board). I've learned a bit, got some better equipment and learn more every day.

Da Rig(s):

Icom IC-7300 (Which I am never going to open up.. Except maybe to put a PTRX-7300 panadapter in it).
Anytone AT-6666 10m Mobile (Don't use it much, no one around me is on 10m).
Btech DMR-6x2 Portable (Use this to catch the Aries nets right now, still figuring it out)

Da Antenna(s):

EFHW-8010 (10-80m end fed)
Home built (160m end fed with a home built 49:1 Autotransformer)
Tram 1411 (Using with my Btech DMR-6x2)

Da Audio:

Heil ICM mic
Zingyou BM-800 mic
Symetrix 528E voice processor

Da Computer:

(2) Dell Optiplex 3010 MT's (updated with 512GB SSD, 16GB Ram, 2GB dual display video, Wireless a/b/g/n WiFi)
(3) Samsung S27E650 27" Monitors

Da Other Stuff:

60 x 24 Solid Walnut Mission Style 3 Drawer Desk & Chair (Home Made)
8 Circuit Breaker 12VDC distribution center with USB Charger (Home Made)
Agilent (HP) 6032A Laboratory Programmable Variable Power Supply

Da Future:

Next rig will be either a Flex 6400M or a Kenwood TS-890s
Palstar LA-1K (Amplifier)
Palstar HF-Auto (Antenna Tuner)
6-40m hex beam (Going on my roof this spring)

After a bunch of FT8 I started doing HF "Nets". These are some of the Nets I frequent. If I have a membership number I will list it below:

Maine Potato Net - #4005

Graveyard Net

Omiss Net - #12269

Good Ole Boys Group Net

The Rare Ones Net

Moonlighters Net

Toad Harbor Net (160m)

I'm working on finishing "WAS" on Digital and Mixed. I only need Alaska. If you're from Alaska look me up (not that I ever turn down a contact). I work FT8 on 10m thru 80m and some 160m (need to get my 160m antenna to tune better on the low end).

I do speak "some" Japanese and can read Hiragana and Katakana, but I do need to brush up. I'm not nearly as good as I could have been if I was more diligent. Looking forward to catching someone from Japan to speak to. So, If you're from Japan checking out my page, こんにちは はじめまして

I used my Mathews Conquest II Compound Bow to get a line over some trees to hang my 160m antenna. I attached my stabilizer to it, then attached a $15 Zebco spinning reel to the stabilizer, and shot a "one and done". I used the 8lb test line to drag fluorescent "brick line" which was attached to my wire. I have to say, it worked pretty darn perfectly.

I drew back a cheap aluminum arrow to about 12 lbs (the cam wasn't even close to rolling over) and lobbed the arrow about 140 feet. By the time I dragged the wire to where the arrow landed it was taught (a perfectly ranged shot). The Wire is between 270 and 280 feet long. So... I have 20' of LMR400 coax going to a 49:1 Autotransformer. The radiating wire is about 28' off the ground at take off with a peak of 40' in the center, then tapers back to about 6' from the ground. There are 5 radials on the ground which are 130'ish feet long. One directly under the antenna and two 15° apart on either side of the antenna. I have gotten great reports with it.

Fun times.

I also make furniture and I completed a mission style walnut Ham Radio Desk and matching chair. You'll generally catch me online when something is clamped up and gluing.

Sorry to bend your ear so long. Well.. That's what we do this for right?

I'm new to the hobby so QSL cards have not lost their appeal to me. I still think it's one of the coolest and most unique parts of Ham Radio. I'd love to get ones in the mail (real ones I can pin up) but eQSL's are cool too. I will have my own going out soon, just waiting on good paper (I designed and print my own cards).

Oh, incidentally, if you are into electronics, machine automation, etc. I have a lot of stuff for sale on eBAY that might help you. Look up richardd30 or click below.

W1SPS eBay Stuff >>

Hope to catch you on the air. ~73

CHECK OUT MY QRZ page for photos.


Worked DXCCs:


Icom IC-7300 HF/50
Btech DMR-6X2 Handheld
AT-6666 10 meter mobile

LFG AT-100proII Antenna Matcher
MFJ-949e Antenna Matcher & Switch / SWR & Power Meter
MFJ-849 SWR / Power Meter

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

myAntennas EFHW-8010 End Fed Multi Band Dipole
Home Built 160m End Fed
Tram 1411 Discone Antenna (For the Btech when not mobile)

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