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TO ANY DX station--If you need or desire a QSL card, please send an envelope (SAE) with your own card in the envelope, otherwise the process will not happen. Just so you understand, I ask that you send your card in an evenlope simply because postal service people in the U.S. as well as many other countries wind up mangling the cards, or rubber stamping the cards in all the wrong places.

Requests from stations outside the U.S., please send a self-addressed envelope with two green stamps to cover the postage. If I receive a QSL card/request without a self-addressed, return envelope, you will not get the QSL you desire. I have MANY QSL card requests from Asian and European countries without return envelopes or proper currency to handle return postage!



The picture at the top this web page--a 32-lb northern pike, taken from thr waters of the Sub-Arctic on a fly rod.

HAM RADIO life began for me with very few $$ and lots of energy. It all started with a Knight Kit Space Spanner, super-regen recvr., with me listening to foreign broadcast stations with their booming signals coming from around the world. And in 1956 I discovered a neighbor who happened to be a HAM, AND I BECAME INSTANTLY HOOKED ON THE HOBBY. A lot has happened since 1956 when I started with a 6AQ5 Sandwich Box XMTR- (from Popular Electronics) and a borrowed S-38 receiver.

Because I lived in a small Chicago apartment, having a decent, working antenna was almost an impossibility. I tried the infamous beer-can vertical (which collapsed during a violent rain storm); I tried a "mini-long wire"(it never worked); and I also tried loading up one of the metal, dining room, window screens (ugh). I finally hit paydirt when my treasured Gotham Vertical arrived ($19.95 from Miami, FL). I think that was the year the word "junk" became a common term known to some Hams who used it when referring to the Gotham antenna. And then along came the Command Set ARC-5/T21 xmtr and BC-454 rcvr. for 40-meters.

Through the years I've had the tall towers and wide-spaced, stacked beams, and worked all the DX I heard. I now use a ground-mounted vertical, elevated just 8-inches off the grass and moist clay. This is THE mighty Zero Five, 43-foot tall vertical which does an outstanding job on 80-10. And because the 43-foot single"stick" works so well, I subsequently added a set of 33-foot phased, ZERO FIVE verticals to the mix, with the result being nothing short of fantastic! I also transport a 100-watt rig and one of my 33-footers (ZERO FIVE) down in to the jungles of Nicaragua and eastern Costa Rica, and South America. I'm in Central America several times a year fishing for monster tarpon (that's me in the green shirt in the above picture). I know this is hard to believe, but, this antenna  (the 43-foot version back home)has performed so well that I've chosen to forget going back to a beam. My home back yard lot sits on a super, high-conductivity chunk of ground, which in turn has allowed me to get spectacular signal reports from all over the world. This red hot ground literally acts like a sheet of copper, as W6KAN notes (SEE W6KAN ON QRZ)! I would initially of course would have liked a tall tower and a big beam, but it wasn't in the cards. So, I go with what fits, and that's the verticals. Unfortunately, during quite a few QSOs, some of the people on the other end of the contact refuse to believe I'm running the ZERO FIVE without any radials! Many comment that it "sounds like you're running a beam Orrin." In 2010 I added a set of ZERO FIVE Phased verticals that have performed flawlessly, and the "holy cow-you're kidding" continued c\omiong my way!

Now, on the professional side--I've been in radio and television broadcasting for over 48 years, with much of that time in the network radio news business. I gave up my involvement with network broadcast radio news after realizing the "suits", the people who control the networks, do not have a clue as to what good and responsible news broadcasting and news gathering was all about. In fact, the yuppies who used to pull the strings of legitimate investigative reporters and producers are for the most part nothing more than jerk-water schmeckles.

I presently host a radio talk show originating out of Chicago that covers the Chicago-metro area--plus the show is live-streamed on the stations web page (1590WCGO.com) The program is also live-streamed via m my web page, www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com. And to top it off, I am a print journalist/columnist with one of the major, Chicago, daily newspapers.

I also write outdoor columns (fishing and hunting) for over a dozen magazines. In Oct., 2010, I was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a "Legendary Communicator".

And in between all of that, I am also involved in commercial voice-over narration for a variety of different national clients/sponsors.

Despite what appears to be a very busy schedule, I still manage to do quite a bit of globe-trotting. My travels take me all over North America, as well as across the world. The "CALL OF THE WILD"has beckoned me to Europe, Alaska, New Zealand, parts of Asia, the South Pacific, Israel, the jungles of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the magnificent mountains of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Belize, St. Martin, as well as the bush country of Northern Canada and the Arctic regions as well. I have stood in bone-chilling mountain streams, with fly rod in hand, watching brown bears hunt for food. Aside from ham radio, another great passion for me is fishing, hunting, and photography.

Ham Radio has changed since those early days when I first got my license, but the thrill is often there for me when I talk to a station in Asia or Europe, or some island in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, and learn about that Ham's life and culture. And the rag chewing aspect this hobby offers is another element that keeps me coming back for lots more every day.

My present shack contains an ICOM 756 PROIII, an AL-82 amp; a Dentron MLA-2500 B amp; a Dentron MT-3000A antenna tuner, an ALS-600 backup amp.,a Kenwood TS-440S backup xcvr, an ICOM 718 DSP, and a Kenwood TS-50, 100-watt rig for travel and DX-Epeditions. You can often find me hanging out below 14.200 and close to 14.175. If you care to reach me on SKYPE, my user name is flycast2. But now I've decided to keep the amps off and work te world with 80-watts and the verticals!

Again--Requests from stations outside the U.S., please send a self-addressed envelope with two green stamps to cover the postage.

I have three beautiful daugters, a very beautiful wife, and two grandchildren. Life is good and aI am happy.

Contact me via e-mail angler88@comcast.net



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