***** 52 Years Licensed 1963 - 2015 *****
Novice class licensed as WN4RXS in West Palm Beach, Florida, while a sophmore in high school. Radioman 2nd Class USCG Reserve 1970-73 in Riviera Beach and Jacksonville, Fl. In 1974, as a Meteorology graduate from Florida State University, I worked on the GATE Program based in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. I operated as WA4RXS/6W8 along with a team from the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to Jacques, 6W8DY, who helped with the licensing. I also operated maritime mobile on the RV Gilliss (U of Miami) during the experiment. Enjoy chasing DX, contesting, tinkering with antennas, anything Antarctica, Museum Ships and Lighthouses .It was a blast re-discovering the hobby in 2009 (using my 1960's vintage Swan 260 and 18AVT vertical) and being "radioactive" once again! I upgraded from Advanced to Extra Class in 2010. Made significant upgrades to rigs and antennas per below. In 2011 I joined up with the NQ4I Super Station, in Georgia, through my ham buddy of 50 years, Mark W4SVO, now sadly an SK. I have been the 20 and 15m mult (some run) operator in the CQWW SSB and CQWPX SSB Contests 2011-2014. Recently, mult op in CQWW CW test. Great bunch of guys with Rick as the super host for these events. Member: Florida Contest Group (FCG), OMISS #9794, Marion Emergency Radio Team (MERT). Recently retired after 35 years in the defense electronics industry. More time now to travel, play radio and golf!
Station: Primary:TEN-TEC ORION I with Amp Supply LK-550 linear. Digital: IC-7000 & RigBlaster Advantage. D-Star: ID-880H.
Antennas: Phased verticals for 40 / 30m, KT34M2 4 element 10,15 & 20m tribander. Chimney mounted Hy-Gain DP-1217 duobander for 12 & 17m. Shunt fed tower for 80m. Pixel RF-PRO-1A magnetic RX loop. Inverted L for 160m operational August 2014. J-Pole VHF/UHF tower side mount.
Boat anchors: Swan 260 & 350, Hammarlund HQ-170, National NC-173, Hallicrafters S-38A, E.H. Scott SLR-F, RCA SC-88, BC-348Q,
I hope to work you soon from Ocala, Marion County (EL89xc). The "Horse Capital of the World", home to more than 900 horse farms. Host of the 2015 LPGA Coats Golf Championship at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
Jim (HI !)
If you have a need for speed ...... Marion County has the breed.
Over 23.8k QSO's in database since 2009
40 & 30 meters: 1/4 wl, phased vertical array with 64 radials. Ref: ON4UN's Low Band DXing.
KT34M2 dual driven element tribander installed in March 2011.
Tower: Rohn 25G custom home-brew tilt-over at 40 feet.
80meters: Shunt fed tower, see below pics. 18 tower radials tied into 64 radials of 40m array also 13 ground rod lightning system. 160meters: Inverted L 165' wire over the pine tree tops with 11 radials tied into above radial / ground system.
Note: A special thanks to my brother, Bill, for machining the pivot assembly and mounting plates,counter-poise truss, house brackets, rotor shims.... also the radial rings for the vertical array. For info on any custom precision machining, see B.A. Duelly's Drag Slot Car Racing Components and Accessories at:
The electric hoist (used as a winch) makes raising and lowering the tilt over a push button task ...... keeps you off the tower.... and no cranking, thank you!
80m shunt fed tower with LC match components in tote box. See "big" coil below.
Dec 2012: Chimney mounted Hy-Gain DP-1217 duoband yagi on a HAM IV .... about 21 ft above ground.
My first "big coil" project used on 80m shunt tower. PIXEL Magnetic RX Loop RF PRO-1A for Top Band
WALL PAPER :WAS, WAC, WAZ, WPX-1000, 5BDXCC +12, 17 & 30m (98 worked on 160m), 324 worked / 323 confirmed. 160m WAS completed Jan 2015.
Challenge > 2,000+
20Th Anniversary Certificate Russian Robinson Club No. 133.
Chronology of my earlier (pre-KM4HI) days as an SWL and ham radio operator.
"Hamming" it up as a Popular Electronics SWL in 1962 Novice station 1963 DX-60 & Hallicrafters SX-140 using a horiz V dipole
Working the pile with a Swan 350 from the hotel room 1974 DXing & contesting with a Swan 260 & long wire, Tallahassee 1976
1981 having a cool "807" with my Elmer, W4OUX, Frank (SK) 1983 visit to the Queen and W6RO shack in Long Beach
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