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 includes an Icom 7600 for SSB/CW/Digital, a Flex 5000A for AM and ESSB, and an IC-910H along with other collectables. I'm active on HF, VHF/UHF, and Satellites. I prefer the SSB birds to the pile-ups on the FM sats, but you may find me on them when I'm feeling feisty. You might even find me lurking about the D-Star network on an IC-2820 or DV AccessPoint.
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 an IC-7000. 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 and Tammy.
Hope to catch you on the air!
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