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This is KK4BVU - Tom in Durham. Also known as "The Butcher" on the local 2 meter repeaters. I currently call the Thursday night Ragchew nets for the South Wake ARC club as well as the JARS net on Sundays and let's just say that sometimes I have a bit of an issue with getting call signs and names just right. Hence, "The Butcher". I called my very first net 6 days after getting my ticket. Now that was not a pretty sight let me tell you! But, I believe in diving in head first to learn and I'm getting better. The main thing is that I'm having a blast doing it and we have a great group of regulars and visitors.

I recently managed to upgrade to General and am exploring the HF world.

In terms of equipment, I run a simple FT-2900R Yaesu 2 meter mobile unit set up as a base and recently upgraded my simple J-pole to a Hustler G6 that is up around 40 feet or so. What a difference! I also cut my HF teeth on a Kenwood TS-120S loner rig using a simple home-brewed fan dipole setup. Special thanks to KQ2P and N4NCT for their help getting me up and running! I was anle to work 40, 20, 15 and 10 so it was a start!

Currently I have a Kenwood TS-570D and absolutely love it.  Very simple rig to use and with the auto-tuner I can tune 10 through 80 with the fan dipole.  How I am able to tune 75/80 remains a mystery, but I am not about to complain.

I am interested in learning CW. That should provide endless butchering oppurtunities.

Other than that I'm your average 51 year old guy with a wife and two kids trying to make a decent living and have a little fun along the way. OK, that's enough.

KK4BVU clear. 73 everyone.





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