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* PROFILE: I was raised in semi-rural Northwest Kentucky & the rural Appalachian Cumberland Plateau of Central Tennessee. In the mid to late 50's - about 10 years old - I began tinkering with electricity (appliances) & electronics (old radios & televisions) and exploring late-night 50 Kw AM Commercial Medium Wave Radio Broadcasts Stations around the country on my little 1959 Toshiba transistor radio. And, after listening endlessly, I was determined then and there that I wanted to do [that] one day ... and I did ... for almost five decades ... in 6 states, 16 cities, 22 AM & FM Radio Stations, 2 Community Cable Television Stations, and 1 UHF Television Station. Also, in the early to mid sixties - in my early teen years - I was frequently listening to CW Communications on my Hallicrafters Shortwave Receiver. I had learned Morse Code in both the Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts - visual and audio - and I got really good at it. Even though I did not license for several years as an Amateur Radio Operator, I was using CW as a Radio Operator (Fleet broadcast 20 wpm) on a U.S. Navy 4th Fleet Warship Destroyer, and a Platoon/Battalion Radio Operator with the ("Seabees") in Vietnam (TET Offensive 1968).
* PROFESSION: My 49 1/2 year career in Communications & Electronics offically began September 1966. Instead of pursuing agribusiness (FFA & 4H Alumni).- which I'd been involved in since I was about 7 years old (1955) and with aspirations of becoming a rural Veteranarian - I somehow became intrigued with Electronics, Commercial Broadcasting, and RF Communications. So, for almost 5 decades I'd been a Licensed, Certified, Experienced, Communications & Electronics Specialist: U.S. Navy Radioman & Electronics Technician, Civilian Telecommunications Technician, Commercial Radio & Television Broadcast Engineer, Certified Master Electronics Technician, Broadcast On-The-Air Personality, Broadcast Station(s) Management.
* RETIRED: Just prior to retirement, I'd been working 98+ hours per week: 7 days a week , 14+ hours per day, for the past 12 years straight (sic). Sure, I had some time off; very little. But due to the overwhelming stress that I was experiencing in Management, about two years prior to my retirement I had a mild heart attack. I was in the VA Hospital for only one day and was released. I was given a direct order from my Primary Physician to quit as soon as possible. Yeah, I procrastinated for about two years. Then, at the urgent advise of my Veterans Administration Primary Physician (Jacksonville) - to avoid another heart attack - I abruptly walked away from my career on 15 March 2015 for the last time and retired at the age of 66 1/2, exactly 12 years to the day from an AM 5 Kw Directional Antenna(s) Commercial Broadcast Radio Station, ending a 49 1/2 year career in Commercial Radio & Television Broadcasting, Certified Electronics Technician
* QTH: Eagle Lake, Florida (Pop. 2,417): Almost two years ago I retired to a rustic lake-front Ranch-style cottage - on the Northwestern shoreline of Eagle Lake - on a 10+ acre Horse Ranch. 'Eagle Lake' is a 647 acres, 31 foot depth, 1.7 miles length by 1.0 mile width, pristine, spring-fed lake ... Lat. 27* 59' 23", Long. -81* 46' 16". And, yes, there are many Bald Eagles in the area; two nest here on the property. If I'm not in my 'Ham Shack', I'm busy taking care of the horses here on the Ranch and many other responsibilities that come with just being a 'Rancher'. When I'm not Ranchin', I'm kayaking, or fishing here on the lake; one of the best lakes in Central Florida..
QTH: The Ranch is located at the Number # 1 position on the Topographic Map; West / Northwest side of the Lake.
An afternoon in my 'Sun Dolphin' 10' skirt enclosed Kayak, approaching the Ranch after a day on Eagle Lake.
I'm heading due East from the Ranch. One mile away is the East shore of Eagle Lake. Perfect smooth conditions
Young Quarter Gelding ... breaking in a new Custom Show / Working 15" Western Saddle.
One of 5 lake-front pastures here on the Ranch. Looking due East from my cottage porch. Eagle Lake is in the background
* HAM SHACK: "Icom" IC-706MKIIG All Mode, 1.800 ~ 450.000 MHz, 2 ~ 100 Watts Transceiver (1999), "Icom" HM-103 Electret Condenser Microphone, "Icom" PS-125 13.8 VDC 25 A Switching Power Supply, "Icom" AT-180 1.9 ~ 54 MHz < 1.5:1 SWR Automatic Antenna Tuner, "Jetstream" JTLP200 1.5 ~ 30 MHz Low Pass Filter, "JFC Elex Inc." Military J-37 Straight Key "J.H. Bunnell" CJB26003A Navy 'Flameproof' Straight Key, "Bencher" BY-1 Iambic Paddles, "Bose" QC-15 Noise Canceling Headphones, "Diawa" CN-801HP 1.8 ~ 200 MHz 0 ~ 2 Kilowatts Cross-Needle SWR/Power Meter, "Diawa" CN-801V 140 ~ 525 MHz, 0 ~ 200 Watts Cross-Needle SWR/Power Meter, "B & K Precision Dynascan" Model 1805 80 MHz Frequency Counter, "B & K Precision" Model 1670A Regulated Triple Output DC Power Supply 0 ~ 30 VDC 0 ~ 3 AMPS, "Hallicrafters" S-120 540 Kc ~ 31 Mc Shortwave Receiver (1964) (my first Shortwave Receiver), "Midland" WR-100 162.400 ~ 162.550 MHz All Hazards Weather Alert Receiver with 18-STR Red Strobe Alert Light, "Standard Horizon" 'Quest' GX 1255S 25 Watt VHF/FM Marine Transceiver, "HP" Laptop 'Pavalion' g Series, "HP" 'Pavalion' CPU Model #a6403W, JBL Platinum Series Speakers Model #SP08A11, "HP" SK-2025 Keyboard, "HP" w2007 Monitor, "Microsoft" Laser Mouse, "HP" 'Officejet' 4315v Printer-Copier-Scanner-Fax, USB 2.0 4 Position Sharing Switch, "Compaq" 'Presario' CPU Model #S4000NX, "HP" vs15 Monitor, "Microsoft" Laser Mouse, "HP" KB-0630 Keyboard, "HP" 'Pavilion g6' Lap Top 15.6" 4GB Notebook, "HughesNet" 'Gen4' Internet Satellite Broadband Modem HT-1100, "Dynex" Model DX-EHB-4 10 Base-T Ethernet Hub 10Mbps, "Panasonic" TV/VCR/FM Radio Combo Model #PV-C1350W, "Panasonic" Remote LSSQ0226, "Megatron" Model CVT-910 Color TV Monitor (SSTV), "Cobra" 25 WX NW ST 27 KHa Transceiver, "Cobra" CA-73 Electret Microphone,
Temporary shack set up in storage room while my den is being completely remodeled: new carpet, aluminum foil layered behind sound proof acoustic wall paneling, custom equipment rack/desk, work bench,
* QTH ANTENNA(S): ("WA2NAN" 'True Talk 1') G5RV Dipole (102') 6 ~ 80 Meters Inverted "V" apex @ 35' on a "Channel Master" Telescoping Galvanized Mast (450 Ohm Ladder Line is kept away from the mast. The excessive coax is carefully run down and along the bottom side of the building. The end insultaors are configured 45 degrees Northeast & 225 degrees Southwest. The end Insulators are 4' AGL. SWR is 1:1 on all bands with my "Icom" AT-180 Automatic Antenna Tuner. https://rsars.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/louis-varneys-g5rv-rsars-tribute-1-3.pdf, Home-built 40 Meter Dipole Inverted "V" configured North & South. Apex is 30' on a "Rohn" H-30 Telescoping Galvanized Mast. The end insulators are 4' AGL. (Cut for the CW portion of the band only). "Wilson" K-30 Mag Mount Vertical 11 Meter customed flange mounted @ 30' on a "Rohn" 'H-30' Telescoping Galvanized Mast, "Hustler" G6-270R, Phased, 5/8 Wave, Dual Band, 2m & 70cm, 6dBd/6dBd, (8.1dBi), (8.5') Omni Directional Vertical, @ 30' on a "Rohn" 'H-30' Telescoping Galvanized Mast, "HughesNet" 'Gen4' Satellite Internet Uplink / Downlink Dish,
* : Lately, I've been working a lot of DX with low power; mostly <5 Watts! This G5RV (WA2NAN) Inverted "V" antenna I'm using is absolutely amazing! It's over five (5) yeatrs old and still functions perfectly. Some of my most cherished - and some rather rare - DX contacts would of course be Dxpeditions, selected contests, and just simply "rare" DX contacts. The majority of [those] contacts were either QRP (5W) or less than 15 watts. That's what makes busting through a "pile up" so exciting. Even with only 5 watts or less I've managed to bust through some horrific pile ups. Some of my most memorable "pile up" QSO's: K0ARY/VP9 Boaz Island, Bermuda (Lighthouse), VP6DX Ducie Island - Pitcairn Islands, HK3JJH Malpelo Island, Columbia, UU9JX/MM Maritime Mobile Merchant Vessel from Shanghai 13N 94W 142 Miles West of Guatemala, WA6Z/A Aeronautical Mobile Boeing 767 (noncommercial cargo airliner) over Kansas City [Eastbound], W5WRH/A Aeronautical Mobile 757 Cargo Pilot @ 31,000 Feet Over Aruba, Arorangi, EA6UN Balearic Islands, Spain, FO/F5SNY Raiatea Island - French Polynesia, MM0MWW/P Orkney Isles, Scotland, SY8WT Isle Skyros, Greece, KG6DX Mangilao, Guam, FK8CE Bourail, New Caledonia, PW0F Fernando De Noronha, Brazil, HC8/G8OFQ Galapagos Islands (Isabela Island), FR4NT Mascarene Islands (Reunion), CN2HA Nador, Morocco, A61SM Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 9K2OD Kuwait City, Kuwait, E51RAT Arorangi, South Cook Islands, 4X6TT Beit Yanai, Israel, PJ6Y Saba, St. Eustatius, ZD7VC St. Helena Island, PZ5RA Suriname, 9V1YC Singapore, and many others that were always < 5 Watts. I personally believe it's not the power that breaks through a "pile up"; it's a very good matched antenna system (G5RV Dipole Inverted "V" @ 35'), a little more treble in the microphone speech processsor, and a little trick of the trade is to tune very slilghtly off frequency. When I'm using CW, I slow to almost half the speed of others. It works! But, of course, you knew all of that.
* MOBILE: (2006) Dodge, Durango, 4.7 Magnum (Mercedes), SXT, 4 x 2, (SUV): "Icom" IC-706MKIIG All Mode 1.800 ~ 450.000 MHz 2 ~ 100 Watts Transceiver (1999), "Icom" HM-103 Electret Condenser Microphone, "LDG Electronics" IT-100 Automatic Antenna Tuner, "The Winslow Co." J-37/KY-116/U (Knee Telegraph Key), "Icom" IC-208H 144/450 MHz 5 ~ 55 Watts Transceiver with NOAA NWS Weather Alert, "Icom" HM-133 DTMF Microphone, "Cobra" 19 Ultra III 27 MHz 40 Channel 26.965 ~ 27.405 MHz 4W Transceiver, "Cobra" CA-73 Electret Microphone, "Cobra" 8000 PRO Audio/Visual Navigation/Hazards Warning System, "Garmin" c330 'Street Pilot' Audio/Visual Navigation System, "Wayfinder" V6000S Digital Compass/Temperature/Barometer/Altimeter, "Cobra" SPX-7800BT Audio/Visual Radar Detector/Hazards Warning System,
* MOBILE ANTENNA(s): "Hustler" MX-270 2m/70cm Mag Mount (2), "Wilson" K-30 27 Mhz Mag Mount, "Alpha" 'Moto' 6 ~ 40 Meters Antenna System #005618, "Alpha" 'Jam Mount',
* PORTABLE: KA4PNE/P: "Icom" IC-T90A Tri-Band 50/144/440 MHz 5 Watt Hand-Held Transceiver, "Icom" HM-75A Microphone/Speaker, "Cobra" 'Micro Talk' LI 4900 WX GMRS/FRS Hand-Held Two-Way 462.5625 ~ 462.7250 MHz UHF Transceiver (WQUP635), "Bushnell" 'Backtrack' Point-5 Digital Compas GPS Navigation System, Military "Cammenga" Lensatic Precision Compass & Topographic Map(s), "HP" 'Pavilion g6' Lap Top 15.6" 4GB Notebook,
* MARINE MOBILE: KA4PNE/M/M: "Sun Dolphin", 10' Kayak, Blue, Enclosed Skirt: "Standard Horizon" 'Quest' GX-1255S 25 Watt VHF/FM Marine Transceiver, "West Marine" VHF-85 Hand-held 1.0/2.5/5.0 Watts Marine Transceiver, "Icom" IC-T90A Hand-Held 50/144/430 MHz .5/5.0 Watt Transceiver, "Icom" HM-75A Microphone/Speaker, "Cobra" 'Micro Talk' LI 4900 WX GMRS/FRS Hand-Held Two-Way 462.5625 ~ 462.7250 MHz UHF 5.0 Watt Transceiver (WQUP635), "Bushnell" 'Backtrack' Point-5 Digital Compass GPS Navigation System, Military "Cammenga" Lensatic Precision Compass, Topographic Map(s) & Nautical Chart(s).
* MARINE MOBILE ANTENNA: "Hustler" MX-2B 5/8 Wave VHF Mag Mount [Modified for 156. 025 ~ 163.275 MHz, mounted on rear of Kayak],
* QSL: Please! QSL Cards preferred ! Direct & Bureau. Please! Confirm our qso via QRZ.COM. [That] way I can submit awards easier via QRZ.COM. I enjoy collecting QSL Cards and have been for 34 years. I QSL 100% ! Thanks! 73.
* CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES: [past/present]: United States Navy Certified Radioman USN RM-2300 (1966), FCC (Federal Communications Commission): Career Academy Of Broadcasting - Milwaukee (1969), FCC Third Class Radiotelephone Operators License (1969), Devry Institute Of Technology - Chicago (1971), FCC Novice Class Amateur Radio License (KA5PNE) (1982), RP (Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit [Aircraft & Marine]) (1984), Certified Electronics Technician Certified by iNARTE (International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics, Inc.) (CETma) (1999). FCC GROL/Radar [Previously known as the FCC First Class License] (General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship's Radar Endorsement) (1999), FCC General Class Amateur Radio License (2002), (KA4PNE) Society Of Broadcast Engineers (2003), (2009), FCC GMRS License (General Mobile Radio Service) (WQUP635) (2014), ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Registered Certified License Instructor (2016), ARRL (American Radio Relay League) (VE) Accredited Volunteer Examiner (2017),
* MEMBERSHIP(S): [past/present] ACA (American Canoe Association), AHS (American Hiking Society), AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association), American QRP Club, AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), ARPOC (Amateur Radio Portable Operators Club), ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service - Polk County, Florida), ARRL (American Radio Relay League), CPA (Cessna Pilots Association), ETA (Electronics Technician Association), FISTS (The International Morse Preservation Society), FFA (Future Farmers of America - Tennessee [Alumni]), Florida Sheriff's Association, 4-H - Kentucky (Alumni), Flying Pigs QRP Club International, Horse Protection Association Of Florida, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association), iNARTE (International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics, Inc. [CETma]), INTERCON (Intercontinental Amateur Radio Traffic Net), ISCET (International Society Certified Electronics Technician), MARS (Military Auxilliary Radio System), MMSN (Maritime Mobile Services Network), NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NARC (Navy Amateur Radio Club), NAQCC (North American QRP CW Club), NOFARS (North Florida Amateur Radio Society - Lifetime Member), NRA (National Rifle Association) Old Old Timers Club (Pioneers Of Amateur Wireless), Orange Park Amateur Radio Club, Passport America Camping Club, QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association), QRP Amateur Radio Club International, "QRP Club", SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network), SBE (Society of Broadcast Engineers), SOUTHCARS (South Coast Amateur Radio Service), SOWP (Society Of Wireless Pioneers - Lifetime Member), SKCC (Straight Key Century Club), 'SKYWARN' (NOAA/National Weather Service), SPCA (Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals), USCGA (United States Coast Guard Auxilliary),
* CONTESTS & SPECIAL EVENTS: When it comes to 'participation', that's one thing that I really love to get involved in regarding Amateur Radio activities. During my working career I was rather limited to whatever was on the agenda. Nevertheless, I always made it a habit to dedicate at least a couple of hours to a popular schedule. Now that I'm retired, I'm very involved in some on-the-air 'Contests and Special Events, as well as volunteering for many Amateur Radio activities..
* 'GO KIT': I recently completed the finishing touches on an elaborate mobile 'Skywarn' communications system in my Dodge Durango SXT 4 x 2 SUV; including portable weather accessories. I have complete HF/VHF/UHF Transceivers with antennas, battery back-up, 27 MHz Transceiver, 11 meter vertical antenna, etc. I also have a complete 'Go Kit' which includes: spare parts, tools, complete camping equipment, camping accessories, provisions, etc.
* AWARDS: As a Novice Class Licensee, I earned: (WAC) Worked All Continents, (WAS) Worked All States, (DXCC) (1982 to 2002), Endorsement: CW only 40 & 15 Meters. I recently obtained another (DXCC) (121 Countries), Phone USB, 20 Meter Endorsement (2016), (Grid Squared) (2016). Another (WAS) Worked All States, (WAC) Worked All Continents, Worked All Counties [Pending QSO's Confirmation(s) on QRZ.COM] (2016),
* FIELD DAY: Due to work related committments in Radio & Television Broadcast Management, I missed many annual 'Field Day's'. However those that I did participate in - while taking the weekend off - I chose: 1C (Mobile), QRP (5 Watts or less), Mostly CW, Auxiliiary Battery only, and I made it a habit of having Public Officials visit my operations.
* Field Day 2005 (KA5PNE/M): 1996 Customized Dodge Neon (black with silver metal-flake), Category 1C, QRP < 5W, 12V Auxilliary Battery, Jacksonville Beach, NFL Section, 19 qso's, mixed 40 and 20 meters all cw. (Limited operations due to severe weather). (Log not submitted to ARRL). Equipment: "Icom" IC-706MKIIG, "Icom" HM-103 Electret Condenser Microphone, "Icom" AH-4 Automatic Antenna Tuner, "Icom" AH-2B HF 6 ~ 40 Meters Whip Antenna, "The Winslow Co." J-37/KY-116/U (Knee Telegraph Key), Auxilliary Battery "Sears" 'Die Hard' 12V,
* Field Day 2007 (KA5PNE/M): 2006 Dodge Durango SXT (SUV), Category 1C, QRP < 5W, 12V Auxilliary Battery (N.E. Florida Highway A1A), 1st Place State of Florida, NFL Section, 38 qso's mixed 40 & 20 meters CW & SSB, 17th Place of 64 Nationally, Equipment: "Icom" IC-706MKIIG, "Icom" HM-103 Electret Condenser Microphone, "Icom" AH-4 Automatic Antenna Tuner, "Icom" AH-2B HF 6 ~ 40 Meters Whip Antenna, "The Winslow Co." J-37/KY-116/U (Knee Telegraph Key), Auxilliary Battery "Sears" 'Die Hard' 12V,
On an extended vacation; camping, hiking, and Field Day weekend
* Field Day 2016 (KA4PNE/M): 2006 Dodge Durango SXT (SUV), Category 1C, < 25W, (Lake Kissimmee State Park ... off of Highway 60), SFL Section. 21 qso's, mixed 40 and 20 meters CW & SSB. 1st Place State of Florida (SFL Section), 37th place of 52 Nationally. I didn't operate at all on Saturday due to aan all day Coast Guard Mariners License class I was attending. And, Sunday operations were very limited due to severe weather conditions. Equipment: "Icom" IC-706MKIIG, "Icom" HM-103 Electret Condenser Microphone, "LDG Electronics" IT-100 Automatic Antenna Tuner, "Alpha" 'Moto' 6 ~ 40 Meters Antenna System, "Alpha" Jam Mount, "The Winslow Co." J-37/KY-116/U (Knee Telegraph Key), Auxilliary 12V Battery,
* I usually participate in: State QSO Parties, November Sweepstakes, Straight Key Night, and Field Day. I'm always chasing Special Events and DX.
* United States Navy [1966 ~ 1972] (Destroyer) & ("Seabees" - Vietnam Veteran) (Disabled):
The Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. authorized my father - a Commander in the United States Navy Reserves - at that time - permission to swear his second son (me) into the United States Navy in an emotional ceremony 06 September 1966. And, I proudly and Honorably served my country from 06 September 1966 to 06 September 1972 - both active and reserve - as a United States Navy Petty Officer Third Class Radioman RM-2300 (RM3) [Field Promotion] on an East Coast 4th Fleet Warship Destroyer as a Ship's Radio Operator, and with a Pacific Coast Mobile Construction Battalion ("Seabees") in Vietnam as a Battalion/Platoon Radio Operator. I spent many an hour in the Ship's Radio Shack processing outgoing/incoming radio traffic. In Vietnam, you'd find me in the underground command post handling radio traffic between the various battalions and platoon radio operators that were providing roving security for the construction workers; bridges, pipelines, airstrips, etc. Other times I'd be the radio operator in a security platoon. I'm a Highly-Decorated, (DAV) slightly disabled (10%) (Concussions - 122mm Rocket Attacks) with PTSD (50%), Vietnam Combat Veteran (TET Offensive 1968). I have slight limitations. I'm OK. The VA (Veterans Administration) takes real good care of us Disabled Vets. And, to all who will serve, are serving, and have served - especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice - heartfelt Thank You(s)! God Bless You!
(In Memory of my friends of United States Navy Mobile Construction Battalion Unit Four (NMCB-4) ("Seabees"): Martin Blakely, CMACN of San Francisco, California and Ronald Harrison, EON3 of Carlsbad, New Mexico ... both KIA, 20 May 1968, Binh Dihn Province, South Vietnam). To this day, MCB-4 is the highest decorated Mobile Construction Batallion in the U.S.Navy.
Platoon Radio Operator "Seabees" Vietnam Ships' Radioman on board a 4th fleet warship destroyer port of Tampa
* MILITARY MEMBERSHIP(S): [past/present] American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans Of The United States of America, Military Auxillary Radio System, The National Association Of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors), Navy Seabees Veterans Of America, Veterans Administration - Department Of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans Of America (Past Central Florida Chapter Vice-President). Wounded Warriors Project,
* HOBBIES: When all of the Ranch responsibilities are set aside, I have a myriad of interests: Music: My musical preference is primarily that which I was raised on in Northwest Kentucky & Central Tennessee: 'Traditional' Country: Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, etc. & 'Old Tyme' Bluegrass: Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe, Osborne Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Doyle Lawson, etc., and Cajun/Zydeco: Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie, etc. I play: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, 5-String Banjo, and Piano. I was taught piano for almost 5 years. I'm self-taught in: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 5-String Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, Mandolin. My favorite all time Banjo pickers: Earl Scruggs, Grandpa Jones, J.D. Crowe, Roy Clark. My favorite all time Fiddle players: Vassar Clements, Bob Wills, Mark O'Connor. My favorite all time Mandolin pickers: Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush. My favorite all time Dobro players: Mike Auldridge, Josh Graves, Sean Langan. My favorite all time Guitarists: Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Jim Hurst. Horses: I like riding & training horses. I've been around horses all my life; mostly Quarters and Thoroughbreds. I learned to 'train' horses on my cousins Ranch; Southeast of Houston, Texas. I now use the Parelli method. There are (11) horses here on the Ranch: Thoroughbreds, Paints, Shetlands, and of course: laying Hens, Roosters, Watch Dog, Barn Cats ... just your typical Ranch. Road Trips: I love long Road Trips in my (2006) Dodge Durango 4.7 Magnum (Mercedes) SXT 4 x 2 (SUV). I especially like to vist State Parks and Historical places. Fishing: I don't do any salt-water fishing. I like Fresh-Water Bass Fishing; especially right here on "Eagle Lake". Swimming, Boating: I do a lot of Swimming here as well as: Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing/Boating. I also enjoy sailing the coastal waters of Tampa Bay. I just received my OUPV License (Operator of Unispected Passenger Vessels). Camping & Hiking: Occasionally, I venture out on off-the-trail outback Tent Camping and Trail Hiking trips to a Southeast National or State Park; sometimes a local State Preserve. But, I especially enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee a couple of times a year; Cades Cove, Rock Island State Park, and others. Flea Markets, Thrift Stores, Yard Sales: Just about every weekend I patronize various Flea Markets. There are five in the immediate area and I usually visit them all. Photography, Writing: I enjoy Photography (I've been featured in two publications). I don't have a lot of expensive, fancy equipment. I think I just am usually lucky to be in the right place at the right time for a priceless picture. The past twelve years I have Authored 5 Manuscripts; one of which is My Vietnam Memoirs (Narrative). One of the chapters won a national writing contest. Woodworking: I enjoy Restorations of Antique wood furniture. I have discovered many a treasure at the Flea Markets and have restored some beautiful over 100 year old antiques. Pets: Even though I have a Ranch with a dozen Horses, a dozen plus Hens, Roosters, Dog, my indoor companion is a 7 1/2 year old female (spayed) long-haired Cat ('Russian Blue'). When I adopted her she was only a few weeks old and looked like an overgrown mouse. So, I named her ... "Mouse". Movies, Albums, Cassettes: I have a very large collection of top box office VHS cassette movies (1,000+) and old time classic nogtalgia greats; 30's, 40's, 50's. I also collect Bluegrass LP albums and a variety of cassettes of various Traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Western Swing artists. Private Pilot: I was first licensed in 1969 in Ventura, California after returning from Vietnam. I'm certified both VFR/IFR. And, [again] I'm collecting and refurbishing "Boat Anchors".
My Audio / Visual Studio. A small sample - one wall bookcase(s) - of the 1,000+ VHS (Collector Items) movies I've acquired.
Me (Left) and Brother (Right) on a Camping & Hiking vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains
My favorite Back Pack: "High Sierra" 'Sentinnel 65 Classic 2'
Tent Camping in the Okefenokee Swamp near the Suwannee River on the Florida side of the Florida & Georgia border
Rock Island State Park. Rock Island, Tennessee. I Tent camp here every year. Fall camping is the best time.
I've been a licensed Private Pilot since 1969; VFR & IFR
On final approach in an older Cessna 1,500 AGL to KMLJ Baldwin County Airport Runway 28 Milledgeville, Georgia
2012 Cessna 172S 'Skyhawk'
Piloting the 'Skyhawk' 172-S based out of KHEG Herlong Airfield Duval County Jacksonvlile, Florida. And, it ain't cheap to fly; 56 gallons total in the wing tanks ... that's about $350+ per fill up. Flying around the Jacksonville area is extrememly complicated due to numerous restricted airspaces: Navy Warships Fleet, Submarine Base, Auxiliaary Navy Fields, Naval Air Stations, etc.
* COUNTRYJUNCTIONS ELECTRONICS: I own a licensed Commercial Electronics Service Center here in Central Florida. "Country Junctions Electronics", Post Office Box 2393, Eagle Lake, Florida 33839-2393. The majority of my service center is part time and mostly for the Amateur Radio community.
* RESTORATIONS: "Stancor" ST-202A Transmitter (1947), "Hallicrafters" SX-42 Receiver (1946) [first restoration], "Hammarlund" HQ-170C Receiver (1958), "Heathkit" AR-2 Receiver (1952), "Heathkit" AT-1 Transmitter (1954), "Heathkit" VF-1 VFO (1957), "Swan" 400 Transceiver (1964), "Swan" 117XC Power Supply, "Swan" 410/406 VFO's, "Swan" 350 Transceiver (1965), "Swan" 117XC Power Supply, "Hallicrafters" SX-140 Receiver (1964), "Hallicrafters" HT-40 Transmitter (1964), "Hallicrafters" HA-5 VFO (1962), "Swan/Cygnet" 260 Transceiver (1969), "Yaesu" FT-2400H Transceiver (1992), "Conar" 400 Transmitter (1965), "Conar" 500 Receiver (1965) [built the Conar twins as part of the NRI Amateur Radio study course in 1977], "Hallicrafters" S-120 Receiver (1961), "Hallicrafters" S-108 Receiver (1959), "Standard Horizon" 'Maxi' Marine VHF/FM Transceiver, Model C862S, "Autek Research" QF-1A Filter, "MFJ" 949C Antenna Tuner, "Lambda" LPD-421A-FM Dual Regulated DC Power Supply, "Daiwa" CN-801HP SWR & Power Meter, "Alspaugh (W6NKS)" AK-KI CW Keyboard Interface Encoder (Circuit) (1997), "B & K Precision" 1805 Frequency Counter (1987), "Sencore" 'Mighty Mite' TC-142 Tube Tester (1970), "Sencore" SC-61 Waveform Analyzer, "Midland" 1001Z Transceiver, "Standard Horizon" 'Quest' GX-1255S 25 Watt VHF/FM Marine Transceiver, "West Marine" VHF-85 Marine Trabsceiver, "RCA" 7" LCD TV/DVD Combo, Model #SPS36073, HP Monitor HP Vs17 (2), "Dynex" Model DX-EHB-4 10 Base-T Ethernet Hub 10Mbps, "Panasonic" TV/VCR/FM Radio Combo Model #PV-C1350W, "Panasonic" Remote LSSQ0226, "Megatron" Model CVT-910 Color TV Monitor (SSTV), "Compaq" 'Presario' S4000NX CPU, "HP" 'Pavalion' CPU,
My shack a few years before I retired and donated all of my gear to the local Amateur Radio club in Jacksonville. I completely refurbished all of the 'boatanchors' and used every one of them. I totally cleaned out the shack when I took a 23 month hiatus from Amateur Radio.
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