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 and a HaIlicrafters S 38 receiver. With that setup I had lots of BCI complaints from all over the neighborhood. Hi Hi. After saving my paper route money, I bought a used Heath DX 40 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 one of our daughters and her family in Decatur, Alabama. Our other daughter lives in Pasco, Washington. Here I am kayaking on the Columbia River near the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington.
With the encouragement of two good friends, K4SAV and AB4B, I began upgrading my station and antennas. I made my first 160 meter QSO with PT0S in Nov 2012. Since then I have worked over 127 DXCC countries on Top Band. I love the challenge of 160!
Station: Elecraft K3, Kenwood TS-850s, Alpha amp, Begali/March/Kent & Bencher paddles, Johnson KW Matchbox
Antennas: 20-10M Optibeam OB9-5 @ 78 ft / 40-30M Optibeam OB1-4030 rotary dipole @ 85 ft.
80 M: dipoles with open wire feeders
160M: base loaded T vertical hung btwn two tall pine trees (using counterweights and pulleys) with 30 buried radials in the lower pasture
Rx Ants: K4SAV designed 400 ft BOG's (beverages on the ground) to northeast, northwest and southwest and Hi Z Triangle on 50 ft spacing. I roll up each BOG at the end of the 160 mtr season.
Prefer CW and Digital Modes - occasional SSB excursions.
Life Member ARRL, North Alabama DX Club, and Bankhead Amateur Radio Club.
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