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This is our local club; http://www.fmarc.net/

This is me;

I am a retired utility inspector, living in a paid-for, tiny wood frame home with my XYL (Carol) and two minpins (M.I.A. and Bambi). Carol and I are Christians and anti-socialist. We are patriotic "Florida crackers".. (Carol was born in Arcadia.. Myself, in Miami). We now live in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a large community in Lee County, just east of Fort Myers on the northern border of the Everglades.


Above, Left pic; The XYL, Carol and Giavanni (one of my 11 grandchildren).Right pic; One of my three daughters, Tina, her twins, Faith and Grace (AKA; "Thing1" and "Thing 2")...


Above; Bambi and M.I.A. on a camping trip.. . M.I.A. snubbing the camera.

         My kids and their Spouses     //      More of  our family --



Doesn't she look great?? Especially with my wife, Carol standing in front of her?

I'm just tweeking Carol there... Actually, this pic of  TWO "country Girls" was taken at the 2015 annual "Pioneer Days" event Zolfo Springs, FL. "Her" is a 1960 Ford Workmaster, Nicknamed "Country Girl" displayed at the event and is not ours. The actual owner was not around, and the machine was not "plaqued" at the time..

RFD.... Radio Free Dinkyweeds -- "The voice from behind the pine tree curtain"

(as seen from the Google truck).


Above is the main radio room (as it normally looks); VHF/UHF/and HF digital rig is an ICOM IC7000 all-mode, into Cushcraft A13B2 "Boomer" 13 el yagi, G5RV dipole variant on 12M~80M, Imax2000 11M 'glass vertical clipped to give me 10M~11M. I use a Bencher paddle via MFJ-464 Keyer for CW, <100Watts pep.

For most 80m thru 10m VOICE modes, I use a Yaesu FT-840, Not pictured is a heavilly-modded and modernized Heathkit SB-220 Amplifier, into 40M Delta-Loop @ 50ft.

My mobile is this Dodge Ram 1500, purchased new in 2002. The setup is an Icom IC706MKIIG 120Watts max PEP, into an LDG RT100 tuner, into a Hustler on the bed rail, and a Comet VHF/UHF dual-band whip on the roof.. I monitor 7.188MHz  LSB when I'm on the road. It's getting a tad 'long-in-the-tooth' like me, but if it aint broke,  and it rarely is, dont fix it. And yes, everybody should have a traffic signal array in their front yard -- After all, this is Lehigh Acres (the "L.A". of Florida)



TUNER:  LDG AT100 Autotuner.

"LYLE GUN";  Spaulding Compound bow. Two of the arrows in the quiver are moddified carbonfiber arrows that I've weighted & reinforced with a length of S/S rod epoxied inside for safety. This also gives them the weight needed to drag the attached 'shot line' down from the branches behind them. They also have LED knocks so I can find them if needed once the suns sets.

"SHOT_LINE" & RETRIEVAL ;  Powerpro  80# test fishing line on a Shakespear85 Spincast fishing reel, that l mounted on a 2ft metal rod. This makes it possible to anchor it to the ground slightly down-range of the launch point as a safety precaution.

Normal monofiliment works better for pulling a rope through the trees, but noboby makes mono line that will fit on even the bigest spincaster reels of the required #test and length, because these arrows often go out-of-sight, and that shotline needs to stay attached.  Attempting a launch with anything shorter than 120YDs often yanked the knocks out of the arrow's shaft. It hasn't happened yet using the Powerpro line. "Spiderwire" is another braided fishing line that is thin enough for this. The only drawback is, these types of line can be a bear to pull down because they're so thin that they can actually cut-into the branches they're draped over -- That's the trade-off I'm stuck with for safe, reliable launches.

FEEDLINE: 100FT RG-8X, and 30FT 400ohm twin lead.

FIELD ANTENNAE: Homebrew G5RV dipole cut for 40M and a quick-assemble homebrew J-pole w/hoist line for UHF/VHF. a mobile "solder-box", one DC marine battery and coax. Everything but the bow, casting rod/reel, solder box and batttery fits in one 'store-bought' tote. I realize this defeats the compactness of what should be called a "go-kit", but I will be comunicating as a means of survival if need be... I'm too old now to serve in combat situations, so I predict that keeping my family and team in comms might end-up being my primary responsabilty.

GARAGE STATION DuJour: Yaesu FT857D, ldg tuner, into 40M dipole, V-58 vertical, 3 element 2M beam. The garage is more like a man-cave since the 'termite remodel'. I used to hang out in here a lot more than I did in the radio room, but I had cataract surgery in june 2015.  In the process, I lost a true 'gift' I had, of extreme near-vision. So I no longer mess with surface-mount repairs, and drastically reduced my other "bench time". I'm presently trying out different corrective options. My eyes seem to be gradually "adjusting" for the better somewhat also.... Maybe someday soon, I can resume doing what I love out there, but If not, I consider it a very minor price to pay for the vision I have now, because for the first time in my 63-year life, it is now 20-20!!  And the colors of this world are so much brighter. I have to wear sunglasses outdoors on sunny days for the first time in at least 10 years... Thank you, Dr. Brown,  Eiselman and staff!


The "STBY radio" is a mint Yaesu FT101E model, gifted to me by my bud, William/WI4E.

It sees a couple hours run-time monthly to keep the tubes and caps in good shape.


I QSL100%, card gets card... I also QSL all SWL reports 100%.  I've never been interested in 'contests', and I'm not really into DXing for the sake of it anymore. But I'm always interested in meeting and making new friends and just plain old "rag-chewing"...  DX, or otherwise... So please say "hello" if you hear my weak station. I tend to listen to 40M (mostly 7.188MHz) .. I only transmit when I have something to say, or to answer when someone throws out my call.. So give me a shout if you're about.

Below; The main tower failure after TS Debby, 2012. The stucture failed when I lowered the Hazer to access the 10M beam, which sustained damage to one element from the storm. The guy ropes are attached to the hazer. I never noticed (until it was allmost to eye-level) that one main leg in the first section of Rohn 25 had ALSO been severely damaged during the storm, at a point where I previouslly concluded was peeling paint (see left pic below). It turned out to be an actual vertical CRACK that was likely caused by the ice expansion from water freezing inside the pipe (left pic). In defense of my oversight, this type of damage is something very rarely seen in SW Florida. The storm had completely seperated that freze-damaged leg durring the storm (see center pic), leaving only the other two to support the entire tower.... OOOPS!! (right pic)


"Threes", Y'all... I hope to QSO soon. God Bless, and remember to Keep your friends smiling -- Even the MEAN ones!!!

The original page template was designed by my good friend, WI4E, Willy --  Content, of course, is my fault. :) All outside images were in public domain. All my additional images can be considered public domain also.. I just ask that you use discretion and tact if you use them..

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