NX4E is Jim Broaddus. I reside in the "Bear Creek" Community about 20 Km North of Panama City, Florida.
6 meters has peeked my interest lately, especially MS, ES, TR and Ionoscatter early mornings on 50.145 Mhz. I alternate between SSB and CW at 26 WPM transmitting/listening in all directions. I am usually QRV at 1200Z until 1300Z daily. During the rest of the day, I monitor 50.125 Mhz. Station on 6 meters: Flex rigs 2 X 3K for diversity receive advantage. Tower #1 is 115' Rohn 45 with 2 X 4 el top mounted for low angle. Tower #2 is single M2 5 el at 45' for high angle. Use ARR pre amps in shack (the Flex needs it!). RF amplifer built by Lou, QRO King, to make max legal power.
I find that DX Sherlock is a valuable tool for weak signal work on 6 meters. Monitoring beacons with CW skimmer is also a big help, especially while station is unattended in monitor mode.
The real key to success in my opinion: Make some noise!
My wife Bertie is also a ham. Her call sign KB4YKF. She is an elementary school teacher in Bay County. We are a "whole hog" family. My son James is KC4TEF and son John is KC4IHG. We operate Bear Creek Feline Center, a 501(c)(3) non profit, big cat facility where we make homes to 24 cats representing 6 species. Ham friends are always welcome for a tour. Join us as we get up close and personal with all of our felids. Please visit us online at www.bearcreekfelinecenter.org
Originally licensed K4RZB in 1957, upgraded to Extra Class in 1992 and applied for NX4E at that time.
73's from Jim at "Bear Creek Feline Center!"
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