My name is Doug Birky and I have had my ticket since 2003. I got my Tech in June of 03, my General in July of 04, and my Extra in May of 06.

I have my WAC, WAS, and recently got my DXCC. I use LOTW, Direct/Bureau, and eQSL. I prefer paper cards when possible, but LOTW is nice for awards. I do try to QSL 100%. I'm afraid I'm behind in this. I volunteer on our local Skywarn and RACES/ARES groups and also work with Nature's Way Animal Rescue, an organizaton that works with the emergency operations of Elkhart County. Please see www.nwart.org.

I would say my longest contact so far is R1ANC, the Russian Vostok Antarctic Base at 9877.2 mi (15895.8 km) using CW. I am very slow at CW but do enjoy it. Thanks to anyone I've worked for being patient.





















                                                                                                        






MY EQUIPMENT  

                                                My station consists of:

                                                                            ICOM IC-751 for HF SSB/CW/PSK31/RTTY
                                                                            KENWOOD G707 for 2m/440 FM & Packet
                                                                            YAESU FT-100 with a homebrew antenna for mobile operation - SSB and CW
                                                                            A TigerTronics USB SIGNALINK Sound Card Interface
                                                                            A RASCAL (Thanks Buxcomm) Sound Card Interface
                                                                            An MFJ Tuner
                                                                            A Logikey Super Cmos III memory keyer.
 
                                                                            Software:
                                                                                    RTTY - MTTY or HRD
                                                                                    PSK31 – DigiPan 2.0 or HRD
                                                                                    Winmor and RMS Express - Winlink 2000 (WL2K) Email
                      
                                                                            I use GenLog for contesting, and Ham Radio Deluxe for my general log.




SATELLITES  

Lately I've been getting in to working the FM satellites, especially AO-27 and SO-50.


Click the satellite to hear my AO-27 Contact with AC0RA.




LINKS  


Here are some links I use often:

NATURE'S WAY ANIMAL RESCUE
 
SKYWARN: www.imoskywarn.org
ARRL: www.arrl.net
DX Summit: www.dxsummit.fi
DX Information: dxinfo.ea3bhk.com
QRZ Information: www.qrz.com
EQSL: www.eqsl.net
BuxComm Ham Supplies: www.buxcomm.com
GenLog Logging Program: www.qsl.net/w3km/gen_log
Ham Radio Deluxe: www.ham-radio-deluxe.com
Weather: radar.weather.gov
eHam: www.eham.net
Online MORSE CODE: http://lcwo.net/
Winlink 2000: www.winlink.org
AMSAT: www.amsat.org
QSL.NET: www.qsl.net
 
ANTENNA CALCULATOR

 
… and of course some friends websites:
K9BIF: www.qsl.net/k9bif
W9AMR: www.w9amr.com






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kb8m@arrl.net


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White Pigeon, MI