The photo at the top of the page is N3JT and KE4PSV (Nina) at our local contest club (Potomac Valley Radio Club) Holiday Dinner. The other photo is a shot from the front of the house showing the tower and antennas.
I was first licensed in 1960 as K3MNJ in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but moved to Northern Virginia in 1975 for a job with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). I had expected to go into patent law given I had an electrical engineering degree (and an MBA) and had taken a number of patent law courses. But when the FCC interviewed on campus needing somebody with my background I figured a year or two in Washington, DC wouldn't hurt me.
The interesting work and promotions led me to remain at the FCC for 22 years, followed by 5 years at a large Washington, DC law firm (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) doing telecom work. Now I am a telecom consultant specializing in FCC issues. When not working or on the air I find myself knee-deep in projects at home. Examples include a solar panel power back up system with six 250 Ah AGM batteries, a roof-water retrieval tank (1600 gallons) system, and a homebrew electric lawnmower that is powered (from the solar panel battery system) by the sun.
I tend to hang out on the HF CW bands with an occasional effort on SSB just to make sure the microphone is working, with a little RTTY thrown in from time to time. My peak contest success came in 1991 when I won the ARRL DX Contest from HK0/N3JT. I am active in the CW Operators' Club (CWops) and am a member of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC).
The rig is a K3, Acom 2000A, Skyhawk tribander at 24m, a Cushcraft 3-band WARC rotatable dipole at 26m, a Cushcraft 2 ele 40m beam at 28m and LF dipoles. For more fotos, go to www.n3jt.com.
A new addition is an M2 5el beam on 6m attached to the chimney, about 35 feet off the ground. This new activation on 6m follows a 45-year hiatus following failure of a 6m halo antenna bumper mount on my dad's car in 1964. My recollection is of people pointing toward the back of the car as we went by. I kept the halo for many years as a momento but it disappeared in the move our current QTH on 2001.
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