I am a 60 year old anti-communist "Florida cracker" living in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a large community just east of Fort Myers on the southwest coast and bordering the Everglades . The weather here is truly miserable in Summer, and it's hard to keep antennas in the air. But the roads are clogged with those escaping the cold Winters from all over the world. This "migration of snow birds" is the mainstay of our local economy, which, like everywhere else, is suffering greatly lately. I live in a paid-for, tiny wood frame home with my XYL Carol and two minpins M.I.A. and Bambi. We are "happily-maintaining". I QSL100% snail mail, or eQSL. Although I do not 'Contest' and am not really into DXing that much anymore, I'm always interested in making new friends and rag-chewing.
That's me, above The boy is me in 1963, Hialeah, Florida . The dog on my lap in my QSL card is Bambi, my oldest minpin. The 'youngun' on my lap helping me watch "Dora the Explorer" is grandaughter Chloe -- soon to graduate high school! They grow so fast, don't they?!
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 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. Or at least, leave 11M CB behind.
Before ------------------------------------------------------------- After 01/13
Base; Radio room;
Rig1 is an HRD-controlled FT-840 160m thru 40m w/ Bencher paddle via MFJ-464 Keyer, HLA300+ solid state amplifier into individual-band wire dipole variants at 30feet. Rig2 is an FT-840 HRD-Controlled for 20m thru 10m; Ameritron AL811 amplifier into 20m dipole and 10-11m, dual-prupose Imax2000 at 60feet. Rig3 RCI2970 for 11M. Rig4 Icom IC2100 for 2M. The 20M,80m dipoles are currently down (waiting for cooler WX before I tackle ANY outside repairs).
Garage Station (my other lair); Yep. Yaesu FT840 into a rode-hard-n-put-away-wet MaCo V5/8 GP and wire dipole. Icom 2100 on 2M.
This is where I spend most of my time, restoring old radios and fixing others for my friends.
Mobile; Presisdent HR5210 into Wilson 5K antenna, Icom2100 2M. IC703 HF rig is down at this time.
The tower failure after TS Debby, 2012.
Here is a cheap signal generator modded with some added bellz n whistles;
How to change the contrast of your LCD Display;
Well, that's about all the news as of 09/24/13. Please 'check-in' from time to time, as I'm planning new youtubes on future projects.
'Threes', Y'all. I hope to QSO soon. .See you around!!
Keep your friends smilling -- even the mean ones!
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