My name is David E Belville. I am a retired IT Systems Engineer and Ham Radio enthusiast. I love to operate CW but do occasionally operate some of the digital modes. I first started in Ham Radio in the 1960s but due to an unfortunate accident during a storm with a very large tree, damaged antennas and equipment, I pushed the hobby to the back burner. Fast forward to 2014 and I decided it was time to resume the hobby. I am now an Amateur Extra Ham that actually did learn code in the 1960s and actually did take the test. So, I guess you could call me a slow-code/no-code Extra.
I have a modest shack. I have an Icom 7300 as my main rig, an Elecraft KX3 with a KXPA100 amplifier and a Yaesu FT891 for digital. I just rebuilt my shack so all three rigs can be used at once for contests, etc. Our NAQCC group (Illowa Chapter) does a lot of QRP contests and sprints. They are a great group of ops and the best bunch of guys I have ever known.
For me, a large part of enjoying the hobby includes building things. I especially love to experiment with wire antennas. Current antenna deployments include a 20m dipole, a 40m dipole, a 135′ doublet for 80-10m, a 134′ EFHW with a homebrew 49:1 unun for 80-10m, a 53′ random wire with 9:1 unun and an NVIS that I tried out but am not going to leave up. It doesn’t work that well and I think it makes the deer mad.
So, I hope you enjoy the site and come back often. Please check out my YouTube videos and podcasts. I promise they will get better as I learn how to properly do what I am doing. Please feel free to send me comments. My email address is good on QRZ.com or you can use the contact form.