I operate from Florida, West Virginia and other portable locations. If you are unsure of my location for our QSO, send me an email and I will confirm my location.
Formerly KN8MHB, K8MHB, K7LKO, W1CDS, KZ5KO (Panama Canal Zone), HI8XAG (Dominican Republic), DA1CF (Germany), DA1CF/HB0 (Lichtenstein), DA2NN (Germany), and guest operator at HZ1AB (Saudi Arabia).
My name is Bert and I QSL 100% all cards received, direct or via the bureau. Please QSL. I need your card! If our QSO was not confirmed, send me an email and I will search my log. LoTW is always welcome.
I was first licensed in 1958 as KN8MHB at the age of 13 in Moundsville, WV. I upgraded to Technician then General in 1959. When incentive licensing hit, I upgraded to Extra class to keep my CW privileges. When Extra class could select a callsign in 1976, I got my current call N8NN.
I retired from the U.S. Army after 30 years of active duty. I flew AH-1G Cobra helicopter gunships in Vietnam for a year, served a year in Saudi Arabia and seven years in Germany. Most recently I worked with computer software and systems development. I am now a full-time ham.
I have several major interests in ham radio: Ragchewing on CW, chasing DX, and antique boatanchor radios. I like to hang around 7030 kHz where the Chicken Fat Operators (CFO) used to be -- I miss that old gang. CFO #400.
I hold an ARRL appointment as an Official Observer, and I support the Marshall County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I am a member of the West Virginia DX Association.
Boatanchors are my weakness! Unfortunately, most of my boatanchors are still waiting to be put back on the air. I especially enjoy E.F. Johnson transmitters. I have the 6N2, Adventurer, Challenger, Navigator, Viking Mobile, Ranger, Valiant, Pacemaker, Invader, Invader 2000, Viking 500, Courier, Thunderbolt, and the SSB Adapter, plus odds and ends of rare Johnson ham accessories like the Matchstick vertical. I have other gear by Hallicrafters, Hammarlund, Heathkit, National, WRL, Eico, and Knight.
The main station is a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V Field and VL-1000 Quadra amplifier. The West Virginia antenna system includes a HyGain 3-el 40 meter yagi at 60 ft. and a Force 12 C3 yagi at 68 ft. for 20/15/10 meters. Also, a Force 12 WARC yagi for 30/17/12 meters, a HyGain 4-el 6 meter yagi, and a HyGain 2m/440 yagi are on the second tower. A remotely tuned inverted-L with 68 radials is used for 160 and 80 meters. In Florida I have a 54 ft end-fed wire with 3 radials.
73, Bert, N8NN.
Updated April 2014
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