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Richard A. Dubey Jr.

Torrington 06790
United States, CT

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Last update:2019-11-21 17:13:15
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)

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 then he retired as the Head Machanic for the Town of Bristol after 34 years. He preferred that I went to college instead of the service. We lost him on Veterans day at 11:30am on 2009 from Agent Orange. 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.

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 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).

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 people I could reach might be on Ham bands I studied, then took and passed both the Technicians 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).

Da Rig:

I now have an IC-7300 (which I am never going to open up.. Except maybe to put a PTRX-7300 panadapter in) with a Heil ICM mic on an EFHW-8010 dipole which I am enjoying immensely. Powered by an Agilent 6032A DC Laboratory power supply. The Next rig will be one of the following: Flex 6600M, FTDX101D, IC-7610 (in that order). I'd like an Acom 1200s amplifier at some point also

Da Antenna(s):

In addition to my EFHW-8010 (10-80m end fed dipole) I'm probably going to put a 6-20m hex beam on my roof very soon (as soon as I sell my Shovelhead, maybe sooner). I'm going to throw an EFHW-16040 (40-160m end fed dipole) up over many trees very soon also (probably with the help of a bow with a weighted blunt arrow). That entenna is twice as long as my property, but I have woods behinde me.

Da Other Stuff:

I have just started to get my feet wet with DMR Radio and I have a Btech DMR-6x2 portable with a Nagoya 17" whip. I also have a Tram 1411 discone that I use as a base antenna. Soon will add a desk mic and a small amp for 2m and 70cm.

Each fall I make as many bottles of hot sauce as my garden will allow and I do sell it. It's $10 a bottle and can be paypal'ed to my paypal-email (richardd1970 "at" optonline "dot" net) think of it as a QSL card you can eat, lol. No seriously I have QSL cards too.

I have the following sauces:
1. Thai, Tobasco and Tepin combined pepper sauce (About twice as hot as tobasco sauce).
2. "Mystery Pepper Sauce" made with what I think are Carribean Goat Peppers. (Hot but bearable).
3. Habanero Pepper Sauce. (Coolest of the SuperHot sauces)
4. Ghost Pepper Sauce. (Fourth Hottest of the SuperHot sauces)
5. Ghost & Scorpion Sauce. (Third Hottest of the SuperHot sauces)
6. Scorpion Pepper Sauce. (Second Hottest of the SuperHot sauces)
7. Carolina Reaper pepper sauce. (Hottest of the SuperHot sauces)

I started doing SSB on some of the HF "Nets". These are some of the Nets I frequent. When I have a membership number I will list it below:

Maine Potato Net - #4005
Graveyard Net -
Omiss Net- #12269
Good Ole Boys Net-
The Rare Ones Net-

I'm working on finishing "WAS" need Alaska and Deleware.. I can see why Alaska might be difficult.. But Deleware?? Seems one is really far and the other is almost too close. Go figure.. I'm usually working FT8 on 10/12/15/17/20/30/40 and 80. If you're from one of those states look me up (not that I ever turn down a contact).

I also make furniture and I am currently working on making a mission style walnut Ham Radio Desk. You'll generally catch me online when something is clamped up and gluing.

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

Hope to catch you on the air. ~73


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

Rigblaster Advantage

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

myAntennas EFHW-8010 End Fed Multi Band Dipole
Home Built shortened 160m End Fed
Tram 1411 Discone Antenna (For the Btech when not mobile)
Solarcon Imax-2000 Antenna (For the AT-6666)

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