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First licensed in the 70's, and eventually did the upgrading to extra.  Although I like DX,  a good ragchew is always alot of fun. The current rig is a Kenwood TS 590S. (After having a used YaseuFT 101E and a used Heathkit HW 16, I mostly stuck with Kenwoods ..... 530S, 440S, 570S).My current antennas include an endfed inverted "L" with a 4:1 unun,(see very bottom of thiss page for construction details) , a rotable dipole for 17 and a vertical for 40. When needed, I add a little more power with my Ameritron ALS 600.

 

On the left, a recent visit to England, Ireland, France, and Scotland. The Picture was taken in Northern Scotland near where the loch ness monster tales are told from. 2 Meter work is fun in the UK!

 Before retiring, XYL Julie (Ka4zuq) and I had both been employed in the local Florida School System after graduating from the College of New Jersey.

 Apart from 1 year teaching in Hopewell NJ, I was a classroom teacher since the early 70's here in SW Florida.In the early 90's,I made a job switch to computer coordinator after graduate computer work. The coordinator job included training teachers and network support having little time for ham radio. Now retired,we are currently volunteering with a local share club / out reach group and teach computer classes weekly.  I also volunteer as a VE for our local club licensing group. We have 1 daughter that is currently working as a staff pharmacist. We also have a white\black rat terrier that is a rescue dog found dying along the road in a nearby town.

Please Note: Dealing with QSL cards via the Bureau is a lengthy process and I don't want to get involved.  I will verify a contact here on QRZ logbook when I see it placed in and encourage more casual operating hams to use this simple logging program since it is a one step process when looking up someone. No need for snailmail with free logging programs available. The Photo of the Radio is equipment used at the Normandy Beach invasion site. A day’s walk at the new museum and cemetery area is memorable.

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My Inverted L" has less than 1.5 to 1 SWR on all higher HF bands. 10,12,15,17,20, and 30 meters. I use my ALS 600 amp with absolutely no tuner.  I use a "Balun Design" 4 to1 UNUN mounted a foot up from the bottom of a tree. I needed 106 feet of direct bury RGX8 coax to get to it. I measured 119 feet of 18 guage wire 40 feet straight up from the unun...then strung to another tree about 75 feet away using a sling  shot. I placed 8   25 foot radials around the tree as a counterpoise. Numerous tests show this antenna works as well as my dipole on these bands.  40 and 80 meters need a tuner. Both have 3 to 1 swrs or a bit higher. You can change your UNUN to a 9 to 1 and accomidate 40 and 80 but this will efffect the matching on the higher bands.

 

 

 

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