Dear fellow hams, F4BHWreceives and replies my paper QSL cards.
I upload my logs to LoTW periodically.
The antenna is a V-Dipole, a handmade. All the measuring, cutting and installing processes are DIY. A one man job, that one man is yours trully. The antenna bracket and the roof tower are made by someone else, because he has the tools for it. I just gave him the blueprint. Well, to be honest if I have the tools I would still give it to someone else to do it because welding isn't really my thing. That huge thing hanging on the bracket is a choke balun made of 7 turns of RG-8 coax on a 6" former. Some folks call it ugly balun, but believe me it works great. The "nickname" conceals it's FB performance. I could place it nice and snug up there with more firm grip instead of using an old leather belt to hang it with. Then I thought it should retain its ugliness, so, I don't know, whatever.
These show that "sometimes" I have spent too much time on the radio.
This is my shack. The radios are: IC-718, VX-1700, & FT-60. All with standard microphones. The iambic key paddle is MFJ-564 (a gift from W6YA). The HT is my only link to the VHF/UHF world. I use it to guide a fellow ham to get to my house. Nevertheless, they need to text me when they're within a mile radius, or even better call me on my mobile and ask for directions. I put a big speaker there because I love to listen to AM broadcasts with more music and less political news. That small tripod on top of the speaker, I have no idea what it's doing there.
I was licensed in 1985, it's been a while, but never got bored with radios. I've been on and off the air, but always renew my license, buy new radios, build antennas, do some projects with soldering iron, get my hand burned a little bit, get electrocuted, get frowned upon by neighbours who are amazed by my climbing up and down the roof to fix the damn thing. That pretty much sums it up.
Thanks for dropping by.
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