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!
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, Tammy, and Chester.
Hope to catch you on the air!
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