About Me My name is Steve Doty and i am located in Evansville,
Indiana in the South Western part of Indiana along the banks of the
I am an active Amatuer Radio operator who likes chasing DX and experimenting with electronics and computers.
I am currently 55yrs old and have been working around
electronics since i was 8yrs old. I worked for 15 yrs in the Ham Radio
business doing repairs for The Ham Station here in Evansville and the
last 17yrs working in the 2way radio business working for Tri State
Communications (now Emergency Radio Service). I have always considered
the Ham Radio repair service to be much more challenging than that of
the comercial and public safety 2way business. I started off doing mostly board level repairs and still do from time
to time but lots of the comercial manufacturers are building equipment today to be non repairable. I am spending
most of my time these days designing 911 dispatch centers, communication site designs and lots of programming.
I am still also very interested in anything computer
related. From building my own machines to writing my own code. I have
always like the challenge of understanding new technology and computers
seem to always be changing. I remember my first computer, a
Xerox 820 running a 2.5Mhz Z80 processor with a 64k of ram and an 8in 128k floppy drive.
have changed. I now run dual quad core 3.8Ghz processors with 32Gb of ram and 4- 2Tb hard drives running raid 10.
I became involved in radio in the late 60's at my
Grandpa's Motorola shop. I spent lots of time at the shop and would
help out where i could. In the early 80's while in college i got my
Novice class Amatuer Radio license. At the time your written test was
only availible at a designated FCC office. For me that was in
Louisville, Ky. I upgraded to General class in 1984 and then Extra
class in 1987. Most of my early years in Ham Radio were spent using CW
I spent most of my radio time on HF and loved looking for DX on the
lowbands. In the late 80's i started playing around
on VHF and UHF and above. I worked 23 states on 2m SSB and even worked
5 states on 1.2Ghz SSB. I finally had to switch
back to HF since i simply did have room for all the different antennas
at same. It was the antenna restrictions that really
spurred my interest in antennas. I have tried so many different
antennas that i think I have a pretty good idea of what works and what
don't. I learned that antenna knowledge comes from the time spent
trying much more than anything else.
Comments or questions are welcome.
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