Some of the highlights (not in order):
- Finally collected enough QSL's for DXCC
- Worked 100 countries on 80 meters
- Did some working on 160 meters
- Put up my first directional antenna, a hex beam for 20 meters, WOW
- Started working ham satellites, very cool
- Upgraded my main HF rig, from TS520S to TS570
- Added mobile HF with TS480SAT
- Did some serious remote operation while on the road
- Started weak signal work with WSJT software
- Started 6 meter work with meteor scatter and sporadic E, with a hex 6 meter antenna
- Started really analyzing antennas with EZNEC, and understanding what is going on
- Leveraged the power of the PC in the shack: DX4WIN, Ionoprobe, Bandmaster, DX Atlas, and a bunch of other programs
- Jumped into digital modes with MixW
- Put up some good antennas for low bands: Cushcraft MA8040V, Zero-Five muli-band vertical
- Reached total worked DX at 260
- Put up a home page and a blog related to ham radio
- Jumped into Software Defined Radio with a Flex 3000
- Participated in several Field Days at the local club
- Put together quite a diverse antenna farm
- Did some work as a QSL manager for a DX station
- Made a lot of friends around the world
- Learned a LOT about antennas, propagation, and operating procedures
I thought I knew a couple of things with my Amateur Extra class licenses and 27 years of hamming when we moved in back in 2001.
Eight years later I realize how much I do NOT know and how much more I need to learn.
It has been an amazing journey at this QTH. I am excited about starting at the new QTH. Look for me on the air soon!
73 and good DX!