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On Air Name: Mark


First licensed in 1959 as a novice,WV2ILB. After college I went to work for A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ in 1964. I retired January 1, 1990 after 25 and 1/2 years. At the end of my career with BTL I was designing very large scale digital integrated circuits for use in high speed digital data communications equipment.

Schedules on 3993.5 KHz, Monday through Friday at 1230 UTC, 3918 KHz Monday through Friday at 1300 UTC and the Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire repeater, 145.430 MHz, PL114.8, during the day. (Usually listening starting at 1130 UTC).

Since the 4EL SteppIR and tower became active the beginning of September 2012; I am now active on 20 through 10 meters on a regular basis.

The rig is a Yaesu FTdx-5000MP transceiver. To the left is a Drake L-7 amplifier. The microphone on the boom is a Heil Gold Elite. To the right of the microphone is the SteppIR controller. The antenna coupler is a Drake MN-2700. On top of the MN-2700 is the rotator control for the Yaesu G-2800DXA rotator which rotates the 4EL SteppIR and the 10EL 2 meter beam. To the right of the rotator controller is an MFJ antenna analyzer I use to adjust the antenna coupler. In front of the antenna coupler is my laptop computer that controls the rig and does the electronic log.

The vertical antenna at the top of the mast is a 2 meter and 440 MHz Diamond X510HDM collinear. The SteppIR, 2 meter beam and the collinear are each feed with approximately 85 feet of low loss LMR-600UF coaxial cable.

Winter pictures at my QTH.


The following picture was taken out my QTH's front picture window.

This is a picture of the NN4ZZ Tilt Plate that allows me to tilt the tower over to have the antenna horizontal at ground level. I can do all my antenna work at chest height. The hook hanging down is to prevent the antenna from rotating in a high wind.

This is my 40 meter Zepp that I use on 80, 40 and 15 meters. It is 35 feet high with a 33 foot open wire feed line to a 1:1 choke balun and 35 feet of LMR-400 into the MN-2700 antenna coupler.

The following is my other passion during the winter. The XYL and I ride snowmobiles. I usually put on over 3,000 miles each season. The picture on the left is of myself on a pond at over 3000 feet and the right is a small bridge on one of our groomed trails. The top of the railing on the left is 4 feet above the deck of the bridge.

I am a proud member of the 100 mph club!


The XYL has a really good "Green Thumb"!  Those tomato plants just kept growing!


73, Mark

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