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Thank you for visiting my page.  I got interested in becoming a ham in the mid 1960s, but the requirement for CW always kept me from pursuing it.

In mid 2013 two friends convinced me to get into the hobby and I finally got my technician license just before Thanksgiving (November) of 2013 and upgraded to general in early January 2014.  I finally upgraded to Extra in May of 2014.  Now that I don't HAVE to learn CW it has become a goal for me.  So far I've gotten E, M, O, S, and R down pat. wink

The more that I'm involved the more I'm liking it.

​My move to St. Johns, Arizona has begun!  I recently purchased 75 acres of high desert and will be moving there permanently in October.  For now, I'm living in my travel trailer until I can get a house built.

This will be totally off grid with solar panels for electricity and evacuated tubes for hot water.  Of course, the FIRST things I set up when I arrived were the V/U and HF antennas. The HF is an Alpha Antenna and the V/U is a comet tri-bander.  I'm 30 miles from anything, with a noise floor of S0! That's fantastic compared to the S9+20 I had in St. Louis. 

Domestic water has to be hauled in, so I now am now the proud owner of a trailer and water tank.

Stay tuned bat fans.  Same bat time, same bat channel.  This is certainly going to be an adventure.

10/21/16:  Beginning the move in process.

I bought a 10'X20' storage barn that will eventually become the ham shack and guest quarters.  So far I've gotten the solar system basically installed.  I have more batteries and another charge controller to install.  Insulation and sheetrocking will come later.

The welcome wagon ladies came over one evening:


Little Boy says, HI!

11-12-16 Update:

More updates have been made to the basic systems.  I added another inverter and another charge controller to the wall of power.

I also got the rest of the batteries installed.

The biggest addition is the evacuated tube hot water system. 

After 90 minutes the manifold temp was up.  It's actually too hot and I need to cool it down somehow.



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