I began my ham radio hobby in 1962 at age 14 with the callsign, WN4MLH. My first rig was a borrowed Harvey Wells TBS 50, a HaIlicrafters S 38 receiver and a 40 mtr inverted vee dipole hung from a 20 ft. cedar tree post my grandpa brought from our farm outside of town. With that setup I had lots of BCI complaints from our neighbors listening to their AM radios (there were no FM stations in our area back then). After saving my paper route money, I upgraded to a used Heath DX 40, a Heath VF-1 outboard VFO and a Hammarlund HQ 140x. I have operated most of these past years except in the late 1960s while away for college.
I retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority and again recently from a publicly owned utility here in north Alabama. My XYL is a retired math teacher. We bought 6 acres in Moulton, Alabama, a small farm town where my XYL grew up. This puts us close to the oldest daughter and her family in Decatur, Alabama. Our other daughter lives in southeastern Washington. Here I am kayaking on the Columbia River near the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington.
Station: Elecraft K3, Kenwood TS-850s, Alpha amp, Begali/March/Kent & Bencher paddles, Johnson KW Matchbox
Antennas: 20-10M Optibeam OB9-5 @ 78 ft and 40-30M Optibeam OB1-4030 rotary dipole @ 85 ft.
80 M: horiz dipole @ 65 ft with open wire feeders, vertical dipole with open wire feeders
160M: base loaded T vertical strung btwn two tall pine trees (using counterweights and pulleys) with thirty 100 ft buried radials in the lower pasture
Rx Ants: K4SAV designed 400 ft BOG's (beverages on the ground) to northeast and northwest and a Hi Z Triangle on 50 ft spacing to cover all other directions. I roll up each BOG at the end of the 160 mtr season before the grass begins growing and roll them back out each October. The BOG'S work great with a minimum of effort required. How do the two rx ants compare? It depends on the night.
Prefer CW and Digital Modes - occasional SSB excursions.
Life Member ARRL, North Alabama DX Club, and Bankhead Amateur Radio Club.
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