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I've been a Ham for 57 years, since 1957 and since I was 12 yrs old. I was very active in the late 1950s and 60s. Getting involved very heavy in ocean going steamship communications maintenance for the next 30 years somehow took most of my Ham interest away until I retired. I now have each day with my hobby making up for that 30 years and enjoying every day of it.

I've held the same call sign since I was first licensed. I took the Advanced exam in the presence of Mr. Russell Banks, the "Engineer in Charge"  of the Norfolk office at that time,  Spring of 1957.   At a somewhat later date had the occasion of Lunch a few times with Mr. Banks.  The exam has diagrams to be drawn, some hand written answers to questions.While I later obtained a 1st. Radiotelephone license and a 2nd Radiotelegraph license at 20 word groups, I've never upgraded to the Extra class as I felt I was giving up an original.   Besides the commercial licenses spoke for themselves.

My present equipment is retired steamship HF transmitters and receivers ( Naturally ) alone with an Icom R71A receiver,  Icom IC-756PROlll and the Icom IC-PW1 amplifier.

80 METERS - I have a dipole at 50 feet and the vertical below.

80/40 METERS - RECEIVING -I use 4 Beverage antennas each about 500 feet long and 5-6 feet high. These are used on 40 and 80 meters.

TRANSMIT -1200 / 100 watts into a 35 foot fiberglas vertical ground mounted with 120 radials and an automatic coupler. . Also have a 40 M dipole at 50 feet.

Also now have 3 phased in line verticals w/elevated radials for 40 meters aimed across Europe/Western Asia

Three transmitters,  each 1200 watt,   one uses a single 4CX1500B,  the other two are SS.

20 METERS - I use a 4 el yagi at 62 feet for transmit and receive.

My station is 100% solar powered, located in a separate building from the home and uses solar panels totalling  6.8 KW .   The storage system is two 24 V storage systems with a total capacity of 2700 amp hours.  It supplies power to 3 1200 watt transmitters ,  all lights and  and other stuff such as microwave and refrigerator and also a 1 1/2 ton water to air heat pump and it's water pump all for the radio shack as well as all wall receptables and lights for the home.





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