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Dave
The Villages, FL (Lady Lake)
County : Sumter
Locator : EL98aw
 
Radio : ICOM IC-765
Amplifier:  Ameritron AL-811
Interface  : Signalink USB
Software  : HRD + DM780, MMTTY
Antenna   : 10-40: Homemade Carolina Windom up 20 feet
 
UPDATE Dec 12th, 2014: I've been back on the air since Dec 2, 2012 and I've worked 167 countries and all 50 states.

Just getting back into ham radio. I've been away for many years. In the past, I have had tall towers and big beams and worked a lot of DX. Now I live in a restricted developement and can only use invisible antennas (or whatever I can get away with). My current antenna is a homemade Carolina Windom up about 20 feet. I will be putting up a flagpole vertical antenna in the future. I will keep the Windom antenna active. The flagpole allows for another "invisible" antenna. Plus, I get to fly the U.S.A. flag. I love my country.

Update:  My Windom is working so well I probably will not put up the flagpole antenna.  I added a remote tuner (MFJ-998RT) and the Windom is even better than before.  Life is not completely smooth with the remote tuner but it mostly works fine.

My favorite mode is CW. I work CW, SSB, RTTY, and PSK. I have started over with DX country counting and all other awards. I'll call these my "Stealth" awards. If you looked at my property from the road or the golf course, you would not be able to tell a ham lived there.  That's how it has to be here.

The rig is an Icom IC-765. Big and heavy and has a great look and feel. The receiver is outstanding. And I have just added an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier.  I run about 400 watts od SSB & CW when needed.  I still run barefoot most of the time.  I just kick in the amp out of frustration when needed.  I have been trying 25 watts barefoot and 100 watts with the amp on digital modes.  Almost always I can get by barefoot.  

I have a web page (www.no4j.com) but right now it just sends you here.  I will work on that later.

QSL is via http://eQSL.cc (AG)

Good DX'ing & 73

Dave

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