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Hello and thanks for the lookup.
 
 I was first licensed as KA8FFC in 1979 in Blissfield Michigan. My first rig was a Yaesu FT 901-DM and a Plumbers delight 3 ele tribander with big black traps, I think it was a old Mosley, at 40 feet. Upon entering the University of Toledo I sold the rig. After graduation I moved to Boulder Colorado and received the call KD0PF as an advanced class operator. Then I moved to Omaha, Ne spending 6 years with very little HF from a Kenwood 530 S and a
dipole from an apartment.
 
In 1993 I moved back to Michigan and started HF all over. A group of us from southern Michigan went on a DX-pedition to St Pierre over IARU Week.  I upgraded to EXTRA class and received the current call. I started a contest station with 100 foot tower, 6ele KT-34XA, 4 ele KT-34, 2 ele 40m,2-2 ele 80, Yaesu FT-1000 and a QRO DX2500. All in all I had 18 Antenna's on 1 acre. I met my wife Susan KC8DAS and we were married in 1997.
 
We made a decision to move north to the Traverse City Area in 2001. I sold off the big equipment and only took 50 foot of tower,rotor,4 ele KT34, homebrewed beverage Control box, and hardline. We poured the base for the new tower in 2002 and put up 50 feet. I had a Yaesu FT-900 and no amp.  I did not have much time to operate so things went stale until 2009. Having an itch I played SS that year with 100 watts and a multi band dipole.
I started building a better station that could DX and Contest. I now have a Ameritron AL-80 A and 23 Antenna's on 10 acre's. In March 2012  a wet 18 inch snow/Ice storm took out most of the antenna's. It was from that I rebuilt the beverages to 2 wire dual direction and re installed all 18 TX antenna's. I managed a win for Michigan as single op high assisted on 160 m, its was a far cry from my 160 efforts downstate but wallpaper is wallpaper. So I chase DX, now at 285 and 111 on 160 m and give around 12 hours to any one contest. Living in a forrest gives a lot of antenna supports but the foilage and tree's are very noticable in attenuation.
 
    Hope to catch you in on the bands or in the next contest, 73 de KG8CW, Mike    
 
 

 

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