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I was first licesned in 1977 as WB3JAX, but never upgraded (as typical for a young man, I found other priorities...).  Fast forward to 1993 and I found renewed interest.  I passed my Tech as well as the 13WPM code test, and was licensed again as N8XEE (living in Charleston, WV).  Two weeks later a passed my General.  I was very active for a few years, operating mostly HF, about half at QRP levels.  I also dabbled in ATV for a while.  A number of moves in a short period of time took me of f the air again.

Fast foward again for 2014, and I'm now an empty-nester, living in Pittsburgh, PA.  I'm enjoying being back on the air again, still running a CW QRP station on 40 and 20.  I really enjoy QRP operating, as well as building my own antennas.  If you hear me on 20 or 40, give me a shout.

My first 'real" HF rig was a Kenwood TS-520.  I still own that rig, and it still works 100%, although it's not my every day driver.  My main rig these days is an Icom IC-7100, that I run both QRP and QRO.  I've found that it's a very capable radio.  It's a bit odd looking, like something that came from The Land of Misfit Toys..... But I like it - it suits me.  I also use a Kenwood TS-50 that I use mainly on AM.   I have an old TS-130 that I rescued from the dead, an MFJ 9200, and a little homebrew 2 watt rig that's a blast to operate. My antenna farm consists of a Carolina Windom 40+ and an 84' inverter "L".  For VHF/UHF I use a homebrew vertical dual-band dipole  (2m and 440.  Everything (except the 2/440 dipole) runs through an LDG Z-100 Plus tuner on the 7100, and an MFK 945 for the TS-50. -

Update as of 3/31/2017 - I recently sold the IC-7100, and replaced it with a Yaesu FT-450D.  Some may think that's a downgrade, but I like the 450 a lot.  The 7100 was an awesome CW rig, but not so hot on SSB.  My TS-50 is a much stronger SSB performer.  I wasn't using a lot of the other 7100 features, like D-Star, CW/SSB on VHF, etc., so it's gone...  For the bands and modes I like, the 450 is a better fit.

You can QSL via LoTW or eQSL, but be aware that I only upload there very infrequently.  If yu want a card, paper works best.   Please include a self-addressed envelope, but no stamp is necessary.





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