Greetings from Melbourne, FL! I've been a ham since 1971, originally operating as WN2WVW. I continued active as WB2WVW until I made my migration southward to settle in Brevard County in 1984. This was back in the days when a permanent relocation to a new call district required a change in callsign, so I then became N4MNV. Unfortunately, I only remained active for a couple of years. Marriage, family and career took front stage, and by 1987 amateur radio drifted off of my radar.
By December of 2007, I dusted off my old Kenwood TS-430S and the bug bit me again! I've put together a new station (a never-ending process) and was re-licensed as KJ4BCB in January, 2008. As an old-school ham, the "KJ" prefix just didn't work for me, so I settled in with a vanity callsign as W4DBT.
The station went through a crazy expansion between 2008 and 2012 with more radios, amplifiers, and other paraphrenalia than I could possibly put to full use. Through 2013, it's been skinnied down to a Flex 5000A for HF with an assist from a PW-1. An IC-7000 and IC-R8500 round out the HF rigs. An IC-2820 and several HTs help me stay active on 144 and 440. You might even find me lurking about the D-Star network on the 2820 or DV AccessPoint. I sold my IC-910s, and now I miss the satellites, so I think an IC-9100 is in the near future. Other than that, the only addition I see in the longer term is a Flex-6700 (when they finally get the software running up to full capability).
I live in a deed-restricted community, so a decent antenna system remains in dream state. Stealth dipoles and loops are all that you'll find at this QTH and maybe a few Ventennas on the roof. Sometimes, you may hear me operating marine mobile on a IC-7000 and IC-2820 on the boat. Other than that, I spend most of my time just simply rag-chewing. I love DXing, but being "antenna-challenged", exotic DX tends to be anything beyond my backyard!
Here is the W4DBT antenna farm:
And this is what happens when other hams talk about my station:
If you're reading this bio, then the airwave gods must have smiled to allow you to hear my pipsqueek signal, so pull up a chair, drop on in, and say, "Hi". You may even hear a "Hi" back from one of the ham cats, Dusty and Chester.
Hope to catch you on the air!
In memorium: Tammy.
We are still saddened here at W4DBT as one of our beloved ham cats, Tammy, has become a silent key. She passed on 11/28/15, and we miss her constant companionship every day.
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