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My op name is "Joe" and I have lived in Jacksonville, Florida for 60 years. I am a retired Mailhandler from the Jacksonville Bulk Mail Center (30 years, same location). I am Army in a Navy town, 32nd Signal Battalion out of Fort Gordon, GA, originally (31M20). First licensed in 1983 as a Novice, I presently hold a General class ticket and I have an old CSCE for 20 WPM, hard-earned without help, except for W1AW. I usually hang out on 28.390 USB with the Wacky Wing Dingers, 7.251 SCARS, or 7.050 for CW in the old Novice tradition (I like to use a J-38 with Lionel parts, HW-8 for QRP). The Antron-99 vertical @ 50 feet has worked many DX stations around the world on three different bands, 10, 15 and 20 meters. For a dipole antenna I just run a G5RV @ 30 feet for HF work (the "Frankentenna" covers 10 and 15 meters horizontal better than the G5RV).  The newest additions to the rig are the ALS-600, just enough to heat up that wire a bit in the middle, and the ATR-30 "monster" tuner, the ultimate roller-inductor, what we used to call a "wave-meter" in the Army.

Antenna set-up as of 2013. I swapped out the 2 meter Diamond seen here, for a 6 meter RINGO in February. Next project is the 10 meter dipole made of 3/8-inch copper tubing salvaged from my old A/C unit, a 3-inch ceramic insulator, stainless steel hardware, and fed with RG-213/U, a 5 KW antenna! (Too bad, I only have 500 watts to play with.) I'm gonna hang it from the G5RV, at an E-W orientation. Stay tuned...

Here we go. FRANKENTENNA ! Rabbit ears for ten meters. Works like a charm from 29 mhz down to 21 mhz with a tuner, can't beat it. That copper tubing is a bit brittle after 20 years of carrying the liquid-line in my old A/C unit but as long as the center is well secured, it will stay up without bending. Now if I could only get it up to 40 feet off the ground...

Looks like another close call (actually, 8-10 miles away). Afternoons in NE Florida can stir up some mighty fine "thunder-boomers" and wreak havok on your equipment, kill your Oaks and ruin your computer. Some times, I even leave the room when it get's to that point!

My first radio shack in high school, a Realistic DX-150 and a 3 channel CB "walkie-talkie", crystal-controlled with channels 9, 10, and 18. Notice the "wind-up" clock over the speaker. Are you serious? WWV with a bell... Those are "Popular Electronics" magazines to the far left, not quite "Playboy".

My other "hobby" ... (Gleneagles, Scotland 2008)

I can fish, too... (Key West, 2014)

Some old art work from "SpectrumArc"... Moon Golf Hoot!

6EB7: An old receiver pentode. You can't work 'em if you can't hear 'em.

The J-38's. The one in the back is the oldest. The one in the front is the quickest. The one in the middle has my heart.

The new and improved version of a CW machine... the Begali Contour with "magnetic return"..

Some momentous occassions as KB4FOS:

Me and "Bicycle Dave", N3ICN, working 20 meter Field Day at 4 AM. He worked SSB and I worked code. We did the duty while the team slept. That's how you score on Field Day..

Capturing Shoemaker-Levy 9 "G" impact on AES facsimile software; forgetting to save the file. ARGH!

Leaving the VOX on at an inopportune moment... (Father's Day, 1998)

Calling CQ SKN (Straight Key Night) with the "glove-key", reliable communications through the thumb and forefinger at about 7 WPM...

Harry's (KS4ID) antenna party of 1995 and Field Day, 1995: That Kenwood TS-440s was SO HOT, it rattled Harry's hot water heater solenoid down in the garage hard enough that you could read it clearly on CW...

The Late Night Crunch Bunch and toe-nail chewin' topics of discussion...

The 2001 Wacky Wing Ding Society picnic and Bono's babyback ribs.

Temporarily forgetting my Part 97.113(a)(4) and regretting the "splatter" on 2 meter FM.

Talking directly to Sandor (KG4FET) out in Texas on 28.390, as crystal clear as cool spring water. Talking directly to Sandor out in Texas on 50.130, as crystal clear as cool spring water. The RINGO works, even at 20 feet above sea level.

Making friends and others on 11 meter AM. We all dig radio, just a different kind of radio...

Please QRS for the straight-key, my fellow CW brass pounders. We like DX too, but we are tortoises, not hares.



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