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Thanks for looking me up! (Lots of fun pics below)

Haven't been a HAM too long; received my 1st ticket in April 2016.

HF Rig: Kenwood TS-480 SAT

Keys: Begali Expedition, Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer, Clapp-Eastham Co. Spark Gap, Nye Viking Co. Model 330, J-38, J-37, Bencher Paddle

Antennas: QSO King 59' End Fed 9:1 Unun (80-2) Inverted Vee or Vertical, BuddiPole vertical with counterpoise

Logging Program: N3FJP to LoTW and QRZ

Really enjoy a casual ragchew, which is what I'm usually calling CQ for! Also enjoy contesting from time to time. Practicing CW since late August 2016 after I upgraded to Extra. So far I can receive and send at about 20-25 WPM "comfortably". If you are new to the world of code and hear me calling CQ, please don't hesatate to come back at a slower speed where you are comfortable! Just ask and I will QRS. The main goal is to grow and have fun.

Also, LOVE to send and receive paper QSL cards. Feel free to throw one in the mail! Will reply 100% (no need to send green stamps or SASE. Send yours, you'll get mine). SWL cards welcome too.

In my spare time I like to play banjo (16 years, haven't gotten tired of it yet!), lift weights, travel around, play golf, and generally try to stay busy. Also an active ARRL VE. Thanks for checking out the profile!

QSL by: Direct Mail, QRZ, LoTW

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Not bad for knowing CW for a few months, eh?

THE KEYS:

^^^ Purchased at the Dayton Hamvention 2017 and don't regret it one bit!

^^^ A lovely Xmas gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^ What a beauty! From the Clapp-Eastham Co. out of Cambridge manufactured between 1914-1917. (Retail price used to be $15! What!? That's $370 today) 

THE ANTENNAS:

Inverted Vee strung from one end of the porch to the other. Highest point is about 25', lowest point about 4'.

Balun box. 9:1 unun with a massive toride core. 1,500 watt capable (about 800ish on CW). The coax shield acts as the counterpoise. 50' of coax works well.

Spiderbeam 12 meter (40 foot) fiberglass mast. Had some leftover, so just hung it over the edge of the porch. Doesn't touch the ground luckly! https://www.spiderbeam.com/product_info.php?info=p3_Spiderbeam%20HD%2012m%20fiberglass%20pole.html&XTCsid=e89d112095990c30708d306ecbb0d486​

BuddiPole setup for a 40 meter vertical format. 31' counterpoise at lowest point 4' off the ground. Base of antenna is about 23 feet off the ground.

Mast collapsed. Extended is 17'.

PORTABLE OPS PICS

^^^ Kenwood and BuddiPole at Sells Park in Athens, Ohio.

^^^ Same setup at Strouds Run in Athens, Ohio.

^ ^ ^ Easter egg!

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