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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. 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 surplus J-38 straight key, 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 which separates Washington and Oregon. 

Station: Elecraft K3, Kenwood TS-590SG, Alpha amp, Begali/March/Kent & Bencher paddles, Johnson KW Matchbox and couple of homebrewed antenna tuners

Antennas: 20-10M Optibeam @ 75 ft and 40-30M Optibeam rotary dipole @ 83 ft.

80 M: horiz dipole @ 65 ft with open wire feeders and a vertical dipole with open wire feeders

160M: Top 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: Three (3) K4SAV designed BOG's (beverages on the ground) to northeast, southwest and northwest and a Hi Z Triangle on 50 ft spacing. 

Prefer CW and Digital Modes - occasional SSB excursions.

Life Member ARRL, North Alabama DX Club, and Bankhead Amateur Radio Club.

Other Hobbies: gardening (Master Gardener with Alabama Cooperative Extension Service), cycling, hiking.

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