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.
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.
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 and 17/12 with a tuner. A remotely tuned inverted-L with 68 radials is used for 160, 80 and 30 meters. In Florida I have a 54 ft end-fed wire with 3 radials.
73, Bert, N8NN.
Updated July 2014
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