I am a 62 year old 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-communist "Florida crackers", (Carol was born in Arcadia, me, 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.
This is our local club; http://www.fmarc.net/
Most mornings since I've been retired, I can be found in the shack with my cup of fresh ground Kona coffee, and my old Friend, Bambi, snoozing on the footrest between my feet. My radio is tuned into 7.210MHz, sandbaging -- even though I don't speak much Spanish, they're a great bunch of patriots. Evenings, I likely can be found elsewhere on 40M. I like the "Hole-In-The-Wall" net, 7.880 at 10PM EDT (02:00 to 03:00 gmt ). 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 that much anymore. But I'm always interested in making new friends and rag-chewing.
I'm no longer a young one -- but I'm still a "whippersnapper" (and no, it's NOT me on the horse) lol
Please PM me if you happen to find one that doesn't link as it should., and I can and WILL re-post it. For some unknown reason, Youtube has lost some of my videos, and their links would then go nowhere fast. I have them backed up. They can't delete those, can they? I don't know why that happens, but hey -- I'm retired..... I have all day to put them back! :)
FLORIDA'S WEATHER CAN BE A REAL DOWNER.
This is what T.S. Debby left me with;
And all I wanted to do was straighten-out a bent element!
The pic below is my IMAX 2000 after a 2010 lightning strike.
These two pics are of my tower after a severe summer storm in July of 2011.The antenna WAS a Comet beam.
God must really want me to switch hobbies...
This is my radio Room 12/3/14.
The workshop before the termite damage was found;
This is one of the benches from the workshop. Subterranean termites made a city in it!! It was a "ghost town", though, because we actually found them in the radio room remodel last year, with an actual active colony in the baseboard... We then had the house treated. I made a bunch of exploratory holes in the walls and ceiling thruout the house, and this was all I found. I hope this is the last of it.
The work shop is back in operation after the remodel... I NEVER want to go through that ordeal again!
Base; Radio room;Rig-1 is a Yaesu FT-857D all-mode, Bencher paddle via MFJ-464 Keyer, no amplifier. Rig-2 is a Yaesu FT-840 HRD-Controlled for 20m thru 10m; Ameritron AL811 amplifier.
Antennas;Individual-band wire dipole variants at 30feet. a Cushcraft A13b2 "boomer" at 55feet, and an Imax2000 at 60feet. 40M NVIS at 30ft(currently on the ground for tree work)..
Mobile; Icom IC706MKIIG w/ LDG RT100 tuner into a Comet 40m short whip on the bed rail, and a Comet dual-bander on the roof.. Yeah, My Ram1500 doubles as a "porcupine"
The tower failure after TS Debby, 2012.
Here is a cheap signal generator modded with some added bellz n whistles;
'Threes', Y'all... I hope to QSO soon. And remember to Keep your friends smiling -- Even the MEAN ones!!!
My 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.. Just use discretion and tact if you use them..
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