I began my ham radio hobby in 1962 at age 14 with the callsign, WN4MLH. My neighborhood buddy was Bill, WA4BMT. We spent many nights chasing DX on the bottom of 40 mtrs (Back then, a General or Conditional class could operate all the way to 7.000 MHz). My first rig was a borrowed Harvey Wells TBS 50, a HaIlicrafters S 38 receiver and a 40 mtr inverted vee dipole hung from a 20 ft. cedar tree. With that setup I had BCI complaints from neighbors listening to their AM radios (there were no FM stations in our area then). After saving my paper route money, I upgraded to a used Heath DX 40, a surplus J-38 straight key, a Heath VF-1 outboard VFO and a Hammarlund HQ 140x. I have operated most of these past years except in the late 1960s while away for college. I was bitten by the "DX Bug" as a novice, working KZ5, Canal Zone, and Swan Island, KS4 during the my first month on the air. I have loved DXing ever since.
I retired from the U.S.Tennessee Valley Authority and again recently from a publicly owned utility here in north Alabama. My XYL is a retired math teacher. We bought 6 acres in Moulton, Alabama, a small farm town where my XYL grew up. This puts us close to the oldest daughter and her family in Decatur, Alabama. Our other daughter lives in southeastern Washington. Here I am kayaking on the Columbia River which separates Washington and Oregon.
Station: Elecraft K3 (added KSYN3A synthesizer boards in the main and sub rx) and Acom 1500.
Kenwood TS-590SG and Alpha amp
Begali/March/Kent & Bencher paddles
Johnson KW Matchbox and couple of homebrewed antenna tuners
Antennas: 20-10M Optibeam @ 75 ft and 40-30M Optibeam rotary dipole @ 83 ft.
80 M: dipole @ 65 ft with open wire feeders
160M: Top loaded "T" vertical strung btwn two tall pine trees (using counterweights and pulleys) with thirty buried radials in the lower pasture.
Rx Ants: Three (3) K4SAV designed BOG's (beverages on the ground) to northeast, southwest and northwest and a Hi Z 4.
Prefer CW and Digital Modes - occasional SSB excursions.
Memberships: Life Member ARRL, North Alabama DX Club, Bankhead Amateur Radio Club,
DXCC Honor Rolls - Mixed, CW and RTTY. DXCC 160 Meters (what fun!)
Other Hobbies: gardening (Master Gardener with Alabama Cooperative Extension Service), home orcharding, cycling, hiking.
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