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Please note: the address listed is my mailing address. Sutton uses the surrounding zip codes, thus my Bradford mailing address. If you list Sutton as the town it *should* get to me, but you may be better off using Bradford for the town.

My home station is currently a TenTec Omni C (with 1.8kHz and 500Hz filters)  feeding a ground mounted Hustler 6BTV; that vertical antenna covers a sliver of 80m (3.500 to 3.550 or so), 40 (first 120kHz), 30, 20, 15 and 10.  I have a Bencher BY-1 paddle running into a K1EL K40 keyer, with keyboard.

I also have a 136' dipole at 40' (ends are maybe 50-60' up, hard to tell); I used 14g THHN wire from Home Depot and made some wood insulators for some homebrew 450ohm line.  That is run to an LDG Z100 tuner.  This antenna is a work in progress, and apt to change, and hasn't been used very much.  I might trim the feedline to work 80m and use it there.

I used to have a Yaesu FT-840 with the 500Hz filter, and that was a nice radio, although the QSK was not great.  Made a lot of contacts on it and I still think it's a decent radio.  I kinda wish I had it back, for SSB use.  I still have my FT-817 as a travel radio, although it is not heavily used.

I used to have an Argosy (non-digital), a Century 21 and a Triton (not sure on vintage, but I did have the 160m convertor), but none of those rigs got much use.  I am a bit of a TenTec buff!

No "real" station in the car.  I do have an MFJ-1699T on a tri-mag mount to use with my FT-817, but I just use it for RX.

My wife is also a ham, AB1CG. Maybe some day the kids will get licensed too.

I got my license in 1998, Tech and then quickly Tech Plus.  In 2000 I took advantage of the dropped code to get Extra--went for General but passed Extra (somehow--never studied for it!)  While I operated a bit on PSK31 it was not until 2005 that I bought a house and could on air properly; at that time I ran a G5RV at 50' to the FT-840 (both bought right after getting the house).  I take time off sporadically (the last stretch lasted 2 years!), as I get busy with life (work, commute, kids, house, etc).  Still very busy with family, but still trying to make time to make a contact per night and get my code up to snuff!

NAQCC 4723, but have not been active in the sprints.

I do mostly CW.  I leave my keyer set at 15wpm.  I can copy 20wpm ok but usually look for 15wpm & ragchew QSO's.  I have a great jealosy of those who can do 30wpm head copy!  Someday I would like to be there too...  For now, I send on the BY1 until I get tired, then switch to keyboard for better sending.  I do mostly 40m CW in the evenings, but with winter coming up I might start doing 80m CW.

QSL cards: I am not in LoTW yet, but hope to be soon.  I do try to return cards when I receive one.  However I am getting out of the habit of sending cards for every contact, and will likley only do electronic in the future (but will still send cards if I receive one).  Apologies in advance for my poor handwriting.

The station:

Bencher BY1 (not shown: keyboard), K1EL K40 keyer, Omni C, Bencher RJ1, TenTec keyer,and my laptop.  The silver enclosure holds the required magnetic breaker for the TenTec, and provides some RCA's for powering station accessories.  Above is my Astron, with LDG Z-100 on it (for the 135' dipole).  MFJ 949 tuner--I use this for the SWR meter and dummy load (I don't care much for manual tuners).  My station speaker nxt to that.  Not shown is the Alpha 4 way antenna switch that I use to switch between dipole and vertical.

The silver box on my '949 is an audio filter.  Way back in college, I was leafing through old QST's and saw an article on how to make this filter using telephone torroids.  Forgot the article--but one year at Nearfest I spied this, knew what it was, and snapped it up.  It works well, although I usually just use the filtering available in the Omni.  It might get future use on other radios that don't have as good filters.

I did have to clean the desk to take this picture, and I won't expect it to stay that way!

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