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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 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 into an MFJ-949 tuner, which I replaced the small 4:1 balun with a large 1:1 choke balun.  This setup is a work in progress, and apt to change, and hasn't been used very much.

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 station in the car.  Gave up on mobile operations for now.

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

I got my license in 1997(?), 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 3 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.

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, and will likley only do electronic in the future.

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