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Originally from Ohio and licensed WN8QYQ in 1973 at the age of 14. Although this is my 42nd continuous year of licensure, I was inactive for many years, getting back into the hobby around 2007. I'm now living in the low country of South Carolina where it's nice and flat with great take off angles. I've been an R.N. and Paramedic for 30+ years but no longer practicing due largely to the physical demands of the job which are just too much for the type of nursing I practiced, ER, ICU and Flight Nursing. I served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve on C-141's and C-130's back in the day.

My interests in amateur radio include HF CONTESTING, DX ( 163 Confirmed ), HF AMPLIFIERS and antenna experimentation with the occassional ragchew. I often enjoy listening to and getting involved in ragchews when guys start taking amplifiers. There's so much to learn in amateur radio and there's something for everyone. Some of the smartest people I've known are hams.

Current station consists of a Yaesu FT-950 with Heil ProSet Elite for contesting and an older FT-990 which I've put back on the air playing with digial modes. Front line amp is an Alpha 87A with a Heathkit SB-220 as a backup and play-with amp. The pair of 3-500Z's glowing in the shack is cool and nostalgic! Antennas = Hygain TH7DX @ 72', Thanks to KJ4LTA, K4LXF, K4ILT and the gang for all the help putting up the tower and antennas. Independent resonant dipoles for 40 and 80 meters hanging from the pecan tree in low NVIS configuration although they surprise me with some DX on occassion.

I upload logs weekly to LOTW. If you need a traditional QSL card for SC please send and I return 100%. I ask for a SASE for U.S. Amateurs. DX please provide an addressed envelope, I'll provide the postage. All cards received via the bureau are answered via the bureau. Consider LOTW for immediate confirmation. LOTW is the way to go!





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