I was first licensed in 1989 and upgraded to advance in 2000. I primarily operate contests both CW and RTTY. I have been operating RTTY contests since 2005 and started CW contesting late 2006. I had to get my code up to contest speed. I was able to get from 10 wpm to 34 in about a year with LOTS of practice. During 2007 I also was bitten with the QRP bug and operate my Elecraft KX1. Another part of the hobby I enjoy is kit building it helps with the long winter nights.
My home station consists of an Elecraft k2 and K3 with aBegali contour paddle. My antenna is an Alpha Delta DX-EE in the attic. Not a mega contesting antenna by any stretch of the imagination. But I do live in an antenna restrictive area and that is the best I can do. It's not all about winning but enjoying the game....Well it would be cool to be a big gun one day...I do have the ElecraftKX1as well and take it with me when I venture outdoors for some "free range" operating. Now the big Elecraft news is the new and upcoming KX3!! I have plans on getting my hands on that baby when it come available so keep tuned to the blog for news on that.