Howdy, this is Charlie.
In the attached photo (upper right), I am the one with the "HAT", the BIG guy with the long black nose is "Lightning". He is a cross between a Quarter Horse and a Throughbred, this breed is called an Appendix.
IOTA NA-026 (The isle of LONG, Long Island)
10-10 # 40510 (Life Member)
HIDXA # Life-128 (Life Member)
EPC # 18461
070 # 1541
I started my ham career, late1950's, licensed as a Novice,WV2HMM,now an Extra Class. I used a single tube (6L6) 80 meter transmitter, from the ARRL Handbook, it was built on wooden rails . It was very efficient, I was provided a real nice QSL from the FCC for a GREAT 40 meter signal; but unfortunately it was outside of the US band. I then moved on to WWII ARC-5 equipment, Heathkit stuff; then the new stuff, Kenwood, Icom and Yaesu .
I have settled on a Yaesu FT-950, and an Ameritron AL-80B which warms the feet of the birds that sit on my antennas. The Icom IC-718 and Yaesu FT-757 are now the back-up rigs. I use Kenwood Mobile rigs for 2 meters which are in the cars and Pick-up truck; I also use one in the shack.
160/80/40/30/17/12: ALL are "Inverted Vees", one for each band, at 40 feet.
20/15/10: Hy-Gain TH3-MK4, 3 elements, at 45 feet, tree cover is to much to get any higher.
(XYL won't let me cut trees, yes I begged a lot, hi hi)
6: Homebrew halo at about 45 feet. I found that my Hy-gain TH3-MK4 (HF Tri-bander) has low VSWR on 6 meters with a good FB ratio.
2 : Homebrew 5/8 vertical at 50 feet
DXing, presently 339 confirmed. Now it's harder, as those Entities still needed will almost all have to be DXpeditions.
My other hobbies include shooting/hunting (pistol, rifle, shotgun), fishing, horse back riding (own my own horse), caring for the XYL and she me (no we are not sickly, just having fun together. Arguing is also fun, making up is fun. hi hi).
I was one of the early members of the LarkField Amateur Radio Club (LARC). Since leaving that club, I became one of the founding members of the Symbol Technologies Amateur Radio Club (STARC).
We have 2 married daughters, one in Texas, the other here on Long Island. We have 4 Grand children; 3 girls and one boy. My daughter in Texas has 2 girls, my daughter here has a girl and boy.
I am very lucky enough to have found a gal who has similar interests (NO she is not a ham, and doesn't want to be one). But so far she has put up with me, ALL my antennas, and ALL the squacking radios in each car or truck, for over 46 years.
Me and Claire the "Boss Lady" (XYL)
20 meter operator of N1Y, Sept 8-9, 2012
(QSL via W2SBL)
20 meter operator of N1Y , Sept 10-11, 2011
(QSL via W2SBL)
As far as "MY" QSLing goes, I will return a card with a SASE (Direct).
NO LOTW or eQSL
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