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Dan Gillenwater
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K9SLY United States

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My Ham Radio Interests
My involvement in communications centers around furthering the government's ability to communicate during emergencies.
To that end, I support the Arlington County RACES mission to develop emergency communications training and enhance the Emergency Support Function.
The Arlington Radio Public Service Club (ARPSC) provides support for the RACES function.
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Yaesu FT-897D (Station)
Yaesu FT-7800 (Mobile)
Yaesu VX-7R (Portable)

Vintage Rigs:

Yaesu FT 101E Transciver
Yaesu YC-601 Digital Display
Yaesu YO-100 Monitor Scope
Yaesu SP- 101 Speaker/phone patch

Drake R-4B Receiver
Drake T-4XB Transmitter
MN-4 Antenna Tuner
MS-4 Speaker

Hellicrafters SX-43 Receiver
Hellicrafters R-46 Speaker

Kenwood TR-7950 2 meter Mobile

Crushcraft 7.8 dB Dual Band Yagi
2 meters & 440

Hy-Gain AV-18VS Vertical for
10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 Meters

Ham Radio Deluxe
N3FJP's Amateur Radio Software for contesting

Other Interests
About my Call Sign & QSL Card...

K-9 Sylvester (Sly)

I have been a police officer for 23 years. 10 of those years I spent with the best partner...

Sylvester's story starts in the soviet republic of Georgia (former USSR) in 1991. After being washed out of the military he was sold to a US vendor for police service and shipped to the USA. My Department purchased him in 1992 for $2,500.

Sly and I completed Police K-9 Training in April 1993. We worked midnight patrol for seven months and were the first K-9 Team, in my department, selected to be crossed-trained for criminal apprehension and narcotics detection.

During our 10 years on the street we were responsible for more than 300 criminal apprehensions (some resulted in bites!) Over 1500 narcotics searches and countless misdemeanor arrests. Resulting in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, property and drugs.

Sylvester was retired from police service in April 2002 as I continue a career as a detective in Computer Forensics.

Sylvester passed in January of 2003.

This call sign is my way of keeping a part of him with me and remembering his service to our community...

Arlington Radio Public Service Club

My First HF Radio & Shack

From K9SLY

8/31/2010 6:39:45 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

Unlike most hams I didnt get my license unit I was in my thirties. While I had grown up with citizen band radio, back when you needed a license, I never got interested in amateur radio until 9/11. I got my tech license and joined a local club to assist with emergency communications in my community. Shortly after I got my general ticket I received my first HF radio and antenna from a club member. I put the antenna together in the back yard and by the time my wife got home, I had the cables run inside & the radio set up on the dining room table. I hooked everything up and after a few minutes the Drake R4-B came to life, glowing and buzzing it was wonderful! As I tuned the band it made a cool whistling sound that sent the dog running for cover. When it came time for dinner we 'adjusted' to allow our new guest the place of honor at the head of the table. Later that evening I was reminded that we would have to find a “more permanent location” for my “new hobby”.
An upstairs bedroom is the latest venue for my shack. A used L-shaped desk with hutch from craigslist has made a nice home for my radio collection. Rounding out the Drake Station is an T-4XB Transmitter, MN-4 antenna tuner & MS-4 Speaker. On the Yaesu side of the shack is the FT-897D controlled with Ham Radio Deluxe Software and my Yaesu vintage station that includes FT-101E, YC-601 Digital Display, YO-100 Scope & SP-101 Speaker/phone patch. I also enjoy listening to the Hellicrafters SX-43 Receiver through the R-46 Speaker. Antennas include the Hy-gain vertical AV-18VS for 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80 Meters and a dual band Crushcraft for 2 meters & 440. I enjoy both the convenience of the modern radios and the heritage associated with the vintage rigs. Some nights I like to fire up the vintage stations, turn off the lights, sit back, watch them glow and just listen to the radio.

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