N8TL @N8TL

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My name is Tom Lau. Age 83 years. Interest areas in amateur radio are weak signal detection (lowfer) activity at VLF as well as 2200, 1750, and 630 meters, using cw and digital modes.  I experiment with antenna structures related to the VLF, LF, and HF spectrum s. I also enjoy chasing DX using Digital and CW modes.

Bands operated are 160-10 meters using cw and digital modes. My ham computer is home brew using Linux software.

I graduated from the University of Toledo with chemical and engineering degrees and worked 11 yrs in glass manufacturing at Owens Illinois doing glass strength research. In 1979, I moved to Findlay, Ohio working 24 yrs in semiconductor manufacturing industry as a process and quality engineer for RCA, GE, Harris, and Intersil, retiring in 2001. I am married with two children, two grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

First amateur license was novice KN8EUC in 1957, followed by general class K8EUC in 1958. Obtained amateur extra class in 1962 and call sign N8TL. I'm past member of Army Military Affiliate Radio System, and, a past member of Toledo Mobile Radio Club W8HHF. Currently, Life Member of Findlay Radio Club W8FT.

I also build SDR receive and transmit equipment, but, focus mainly on building antennas.

My station consists of a computer controlled Icom IC-7300 transceiver running 25 watts.  I use an TYT UV-380  transceiver for communication with the local W8FT Repeater on 70 cm.

Since I live in a condo community, I installed stealth and covert antennas...an outdoor telescoping stealth 32 foot auto-tuned vertical ground plane operating on 160 to 10 meters as well as a covert attic doublet antenna w/ tuner on 20 to 10 meters.  LF/VLF signals are monitored with an ICOM IC-R75 connected to an E-Probe elevated 18 feet in the air.

I operate the following modes on mentioned amateur bands: CW, RTTY, PSK, JT65, JT9, and WSPR. No voice operation on AM or SSB.

QSL via LOTW and EQSL (AG).  I will also QSL using e-mail for cards received via bureau, direct, or e-mail.