Steve Muncy, Dallas, Texas USA

 

Operating Info

Grid EM12PT

Elecraft K2/100

Icom IC-91AD  (D-STAR)

Icom ID-880H  (D-STAR)



Memberships


Life Member

American Radio Relay League


Life Member

Quarter Century Wireless Assn.

#30705



Links


Personal Web Page


Software I Wrote


I first heard about amateur radio from my Uncle Paul Gose (W5CJE, now a silent key) when I was very young. When I was 13 or 14 years old, my father bought me a shortwave radio kit and we assembled it together. That got me hooked. I spent a year listening to foreign shortwave stations, heard some amateur operators and decided to take the plunge. My “elmer”  was an accomplished ham but only a year older than me -- Kevin, WA5MKK. We have lost touch over the years, but "thanks, Kevin!"


I was licensed in 1966 as WN5QFD, and upgraded in 1967 to General Class with call sign WA5QFD. I upgraded to Amateur Extra Class in 1983 and acquired my current call sign -- NI5V.


Unfortunately I have had very significant lapses in my operating. I have been inactive about half the time I have been licensed. After an absence of more than ten years, I was again infected by the radio bug in early 2000, bought some equipment and got back on the air. I'm glad to be back. This is really a lot of fun!


Like many other amateur radio ops, I became fascinated by the personal computer revolution in the late 1970's, and my curiosity and need for intellectual fulfillment was channeled towards computers. I've certainly not mastered computers, but I'm good enough and knowledgeable enough with computers and the Internet to have become bored. They are now very useful tools but don't satisfy that technical curiosity like they once did. I'm hoping others will find that there is a lot to learn in ham radio and come back to this hobby the way I did.


Operating


I've always been a cw (morse code) guy, and even my years of inactivity did not dampen my love for cw. I don't dream in morse, and I'm not a high speed man - I'm perfectly happy plugging away at 18 - 25 words per minute. If you haven't read the very old QST article " Your Novice Accent " that defines good cw operating procedure, I highly recommend reading it! A little dated, but very, very good stuff if your cw procedures are a little rusty.


As a cw devotee, I learned early on to love Vibroplex and TenTec. Sure, others make good keys, but you can't beat my Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe and nobody but nobody can beat the QSK available on TenTec rigs. (I don't currently own a TenTec rig due to changes in operating habits - but I still consider them among the best pre-assembled rigs on the market!)


I currently operate on 80 meters thru 70 cm, but mostly on VHF and UHF.


I enjoy my operating time on HF and VHF SSB using my Elecraft K2/100 (100 watts).  I used to spend a significant amount of my time operating CW QRP - I like the challenge of operating at five watts or less, and I usually operate using less than 1 watt, but I have not been very active in QRP during the past few years. Chasing DX has never high priority but I do enjoy jumping in the occasional pileup to work DX stations. I'm not a serious contester either. I prefer scanning the bands for a nice leisurely QSO.


Over the years I have built much of my equipment - rigs and accessories. I build from kits or schematics. (I admit that I'm not talented enough to design my own equipment from scratch).