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Came from western Massachusetts (Pittsfield).  Short layover in New Jersy and another stop in Md where I got the 3 call from in 76 or somewhere about.  Worked my way south and here I am in Florida.  Run a Yaesu FT-1000mp barefoot, no amp, just a good antenna and technique gets me thru the pileups.

The # 3 call comes from Baltimore, Md.   I was an FM buff with all of the great repeaters in Balto. I wished I got the FM suffix (one call later).  Since I was stuck with the FL suffix, I decided to move to Florida..Not really, I just wound up here and the call just seem to fit.  It's not a vanity call, I just lucked out.  Causes problems in contests, but I say that the suffix is the same as the state  Am a ragchewer  and if I have a contact with you,  expect an hour plus talking about absolutely nothing and probably everything.

Just recently raised my tower from 20 ft to 30 ft.  A lot of diging and a lot of concrete.  I just put water in the hole and threw in the concrete and mixed it with a 2x2 stick which took abt 2+ hrs. I did add a few pieces of rebar.


Update:  I came across an old Gonset GSB-201 amp.  Sports 4 811A's and can push out 800 watts. but when I use it I usually coast at abt 500.  The afterburner is only used for the tough ones.


A simple station.  Heil headset hanging on wall with a Yaesu FT100-mp below.  Bencher keyer and MicroHam III interface on rig.  On desk a MFJ-900 tuner to match the rig to the old time amp. (bypass switch in place of wire ant connection on back to bypass when amp not in use)  CD-45 rotor controler on top of Vectronics HFT-1500 2kw roller tuner. The tuner has a dual needle swr power meter that only reads avg power, so there is a peak reading digital bar graph meter in the upper right corner of tuner for peak output display.   Holding down table is the 90lb Gonset GSB-201 1.2kw amp.  All backlighting is done in blue led strips from Ebay (5 for $3) cheap and easy lighting.  Also another Ebay $4 purchase sitting on top left of amp, a digital volt ammeter reading 12.9v drawing 300ma from the 12v power supply for acessories.

5/25/16  Added a 10 ft section to the tower today to make it abt 40 ft,  It took 2 people to drop it, but the extra 10 ft required 4 people to raise it.



       R-8 VERT                                             BEAM ON 10 FT SECTION, JUST ANCHORED TO SHED


                                                                                                  DIDN'T USE THE LAST SECTION

                                                                                                  40 FEET HERE WE COME






         Finished at last                                                                HOMEBREW FEED THRU                                                                        




Nice picture of a tree


Here's a neat little project that is very useful in the shack.  These volt ammeters are available on ebay for abt $3.00.  Cut a wall wart open with a Dremel

cut off wheel (if you can find one with screws holding it together, you have the holy grail of wall warts), add abt $1.00 worth of parts and add a LM317 regulator circuit and you have a $4.00 adjustable volt ammeter.




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