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Richard A. Dubey Jr.

Torrington 06790
United States, CT

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Last update:2020-09-14 18:20:29
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
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES
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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 >>

How I got here:

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 and needed some help around his house as he couldn't get around well. I went to give him a hand with some of the house maintenence. 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. Back then 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. My parents prefered I went to college, my Dad particularly. 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 (Connecticut) DOT. Back then 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 Machanic for the Town of Bristol after 34 years.

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 2". 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 suppose I got my work ethic from my dad. The sight of a cigarette ash moving through the house in pitch darkness as he got ready for work every morning and never taking a sick day, that sticks with you. We lost him on Veterans day at 11:30am on 2009 from Agent Orange.

After graduating college in 1991, I worked and I ived the apartment life, then in 1997 at 27 years old, I bought a house in Torrington CT. I had way too many irons in the fire to think about Ham Radio. From 1997 to 2019 I worked on my house, was in a motorcycle club for 14 years, 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, and Blues Harmonica.

My skills in the arts such as Drawing, Cooking, Cleaning, Sewing, keeping a tidy house, as well as, I suppose, my inquisitive nature, attention to detail and care for others (often to my own detriment) are from my mom. Mom is still doing well and can muster a pretty good hip-throw if you mess with her.

I am very grateful for both of them .

Da Rig(s):

Icom IC-7300 with a PTRX-7300 PanAdapter.
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)
SDR Play (This is being used to track aircraft, just cause I can)
SDR Play Duo (This is connected to the PTRX-7300 Panadapter)

Da Antenna(s):

MyAntennas EFHW-8010 (134' long for 10-80m)
DIY End Fed w/ DIY 49:1 Autotransformer (270' long for 160m)
DIY Delta Loop w/ DIY 4:1 Balun (Three 25' legs, Covers 10, 12, 17, 20 & 30m, but not 15m)
Tram 1411 (Using with my Btech DMR-6x2)

Da Audio:

Zingyou BM-800 mic
Symetrix 528E voice processor
Heil ICM mic (Backup mic, the pushbutton on the mic sucks)

Da Computer:

(1) Dell Optiplex 3010 MT's (updated with 512GB SSD, 16GB Ram, 2GB dual display video, Wireless a/b/g/n WiFi). I had 2 of these but gave one to my buddy for his kids to do their remote schoolwork on.
(3) Samsung S27E650 27" Monitors (Left one for video output from TS-890s or Flex, Whichever one I get, Middle and Right ones are for general use)
(1) Vizio 43" 1080p Monitor above the three Samsungs (I split this display for Gridtracker, airplane tracking). Gridtracker is nice as it shows weather, lightning, and the greyline, like a poor man's Geochron Display.

Da Other Stuff:

60 x 24 Solid Walnut Mission Style 3 Drawer Desk & Chair (Home Made)
Agilent (HP) 6032A Laboratory Programmable Variable Power Supply (Will be replacing with a 65A DIY rack mount power supply and distribution unit)
LDG Pro100II Antenna Tuner
MFJ-848 Digital SWR/Power Meter
Ameritron RCS-10 Antenna Switch

Da Future:


Flex 6400M or a Kenwood TS-890s (Not sure yet)
Amp, Flex Power Genius XL or a Genesis (out of UK)
Palstar HF-Auto (Antenna Tuner)
6-40m Spiderbeam (On a 45' Mast in the middle of my garden)
Yaesu G-430a Rotor


Comet GP-9 Antenna
Upgraded Antenna and Filtered Pre-Amp for Airplane tracking.


28 x 24 Mission Style Rackmount Side Table (to match Ham Radio Desk) This will hold my Symetrix Processor, rack mount Power Supply and the rack mount PC I'm building. The amp and tuner will sit on top.

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 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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