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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.

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

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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 --

We WARES are EVERYWHERE.

I LOVE MY COUNTRY GIRL!!

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

I'm just tweaking 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 at the time, but she has to be a lady..

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

 

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Above is the main radio room. This picture was taken as it NORMALLY looks... Carol and I aren't really slobs, or ready for the 'hoarder film team'. Were just terribly laid-back and disorganized. With the two of us, what you see is what you get. As you may have calculated, I do NOT spend all day straightening things up and never will ;

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. I use a Bencher paddle via MFJ-464 Keyer for CW, <100Watts pep.

For most 80m thru 10m VOICE modes, I often use a Yaesu FT-840, Not pictured is a heavily-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 mostly 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, don't 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)

My 'GO KIT' TRANSCEIVER is also an Icom 706MK2G, the tuner is an LDG AT100.

 

My "LYLE GUN" is a homebrew air cannon.

Due to a recent ligament injury, I sold the compound bow and built this thing. It's a spud gun for launching my lines. There are gobs of "How to" videos out there, so I won't bore you with one more as to it's construction. But the main design follows closely to W1VD's near-perfect one (see W1VD.COM for a well-done how-to). If you're interested in building one, just know they're cheap, effective and definitely worth the time it takes to build one.

And if you do decide to build one, I urge the use of common sense and caution, as Sched40 PVC was never designed to carry air pressure. These are literal BOMBS when pressurized. They can and HAVE been deadly when OVER-pressurized. As a retired utility inspector, I can attest to the chacteristics of PVC pipe and the physics involved. I actually bare scars from being too close to a failed pressure test on both legs when a 20" PVC reclaimed water line under-test failed in Naples, Fl. in March of 2008... They test pipe using water as opposed to air before placing it into service -- and for that one good reason; Compressed air stores far more energy than compressed water, so when it explodes, the blast is ten times as violent. So before using mine, I connected the air hose to it, placed it under a wheel barrow, turned on the compressor and let it cycle-off when it reached it's normal 120LBs. I let it sit for 30 miunutes like that, while periodically checking the pressure gauge on the compressor for any pressure loss. Seeing none, I then I pulled the air hose off at the compressor end to release the pressure. The gun will never see pressures over 50LB again for as long as I own it.

 

Normal monofilament works better than Power Pro, or Spider Wire for pulling a rope through the trees, but nobody makes mono line that will fit on even the biggest spin caster reels of the required #test and length. These projectiles often go out-of-sight, and that shotline needs to stay attached.  Using braided line, the lyle gun projectiles often need more work to get them to drop from the tree -- even weighted.  I've only tried the PowerPro brand of braided fishing line in-place of normal monofilament, but the drawback is, this particular line can be a bear to pull down because it is SO thin that it can actually cut-into the branches I get it draped over -- I've concluded that this is the trade-off I'm stuck with for safe, reliable launches.

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

Go Kit 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 lyle gun, solder box and battery fits in one 'store-bought' tote. I realize this defeats the compactness of what should be called a "go-kit", but if I will be communicating as a means of survival, I will be as prepared as possible... I'm too old now to serve in more phyiscal, or laborious situations, so I predict that keeping my family and team in comms might end-up being my primary responsibility.

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!

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The standby rig 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.

If any of my equipment were to survive a major EMP event, it will be this crazy diamond jewel.

 

I QSL100%, card gets card... I also QSL all SWL reports 100%. I finally said goodbye to my last CB-only friend a few months months ago, so my 11M gear is shelved now. 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 structure 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 almost 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 previously 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 separated that freeze-damaged leg during 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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