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My radio history started as a Novice in 1959.   This photo is from 1961 -

Upgrading and moving led to ten different callsigns over the years including NA8M, K8HJ, AA8FP, KD8QL, WB8CIY, WA8EIY, WA2VBF, K3IVT, KN9QMQ.  I received my Technician license in 1961, Advanced license in 1968, and Amateur Extra license in 1992.

CW and DX -
My interests include CW and DX.  I am a proud member of FOC #2079 and CW Ops #792.

DXCC Status

I still need Bouvet Island, Scarborough Reef, Crozet Island, and North Korea to have worked all current DXCC entities.

Contesting -
I am a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.  Check http://www.3830scores.com/ and enter my callsign to see my scores.  My certificates are here -
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sd673ha3va42w25/AABNnn0H4hq_Qcx1DH_gQesKa?dl=0

Traffic Handling -
I am net control on Wednesdays for the Seagull Net (3.940mHz) and Pine Tree Net (3.596mHz), the Maine state-wide SSB and CW traffic nets.  I am Maine Section Traffic Manager.

Personal Background -
After 35 years as a school administrator in Michigan, I retired in July of 2001. In April of 2005 we moved to Waterford, Maine and renovated an 1860's farmhouse and barn.  I have been married to my wonderful wife Charlotte for the past 49 years.  Our son and his family live in the Boston area.

My Shack -
My shack is in the family room in a roll-top desk. If I roll down the top, the radio equipment disappears.

 
 
 
 
Antennas -
I have two antennas, a 240 foot doublet up 80 feet and 44 foot doublet up 70 feet.  The doublets are fed with home brew open wire line.  Both feedlines go to special chokes designed by Chuck W1HIS (Thanks, Chuck!) and a tuner for each antenna. Here's the 240' doublet.
 
It's hard to see the doublet.
 
Equipment -
Flex 6500, K3 transceivers   KPA-500, Expert 1.3K amps   HF-Auto tuner  plus a variety of other tuners
 

Software -

I use a lot of software - DXLab Suite for logging and spotting, N4PY for rig control, SmartSDR for the Flex, and NaP3 for the K3 panadapter.  The Expert 1.3K amplifier can be run with a computer application.  The autotuners I have also use computer applications.
 
My Paddle -
I use a Begali Magnetic Professional.  Here I am with Mr. Begali, himself

73 de K1ESE
John

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