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I have been licensed and active since 1956 with the same callsign.  I am a semi-retired electrical engineer.  Now, all my antennas are wire or vertical.  I removed my HF beam about 20 years ago because I could not climb very well.  My primary antenna for HF is three doublets (160, 40, and 20 meters) tied to one 1 to 1 balun at 60 feet in a tree oriented northwest-southeast. This setup loads nicely 160 to 6 meters with a tuner. I also have a homebrew vertical for 80-6 meters at 10 feet. and another homebrew 80-10 meters trapped doublet at 50 feet oriented east-west.  In addition, I have a homebrew windom for 40, 20, 10, and 6 meters at 30 feet oriented east-west.  I have a 11 element homebrew beam for 2 meters at 35 feet and a 10 element homebrew beam for 70 cm at 25 feet and a homebrew collinear vertical at 20 feet for 2 meters and 70 cm.  I currently use an Icom IC-7100 with an MFJ 949D tuner, a Rigblaster Advantage interface, and a Windows 10 Dell computer using HRD and DM 780 for the digital modes.  My mobile rig is a Yaesu FT-897-D with a Timewave Navigator interface and Dell laptop for the digital modes.  The elevation here at my QTH is about 780 feet above sea level.  Currently, I rather enjoy the digital modes (since the late 90s) but work all bands from 160 meters to 70 cm using a variety of modes.  Now I enjoy building wire antennas (since I do not have to climb and I use a homebrew sling shot to navigate an appropriate tree limb for antenna support).  I operated RTTY (model 28ASR, 14, and 15, early on with a  homebrew interface; DX-100, Apache, Swan 500CX transmitters, and SX 101 receiver and the Viking Matchbox for a tuner) from the late 60s until the early 90s.  In the 90s I got interested in the digital modes and have primarily use those modes (including CW) since that time.  I enjoy building different wire antennas.  I am currently working on a two element cubical quad for 10 meters with three elements on 6 meters on the same boom.  My wife is German born and hails from Frankfort au Main, Germany.  I have four daughters and two sons but none are currently hams. 

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