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I credit my interest in radio and electronics to my Step Father who was a (High Speed) code operator with the *1719th Signal Service Company* in the Pacific during WWII.  His encouragment led me to a career in thinking, radio and electronics...... I shall forever be greatful.

We are "Full Time" retired RVers with a Winter "Home Base" in Zephyrhills, FL.  Our operations at the Home Base include HF (80-6) at 100w on a FT-450D using a homebuilt Endfed Inverted "V" at about 18ft at the apex with a superb ground of a metal building beneath.  We also have 2m/440 frequencies driven by an FT-8900 Quad bander on a MFJ-1522 that is used to cover the Gulf to East Coast usually with ease.

I also have a X1M Xiegu QRP rig coupled with a Wolf River Coil and an MFJ 17ft telescoping whip that allows me to cover 80m-2m in the QRP mode...... I love to hear my 5w call returned as I break through a pileup fully realizing that the operator on the other end deserves much credit for intentionally listening for weak signals such as mine.  I often run the FT-450D at 5w and am quite pleased with the results.  I marvel at the small amount of power that it takes to get your message heard around the world and strive to do more with less !  My first call with the Xiegu X1M was to Switzerland from Florida, just under 6,000 miles with about 4.5w !

We pretty much have the same equipment on the road after the Winter has passed, except we use a Solarcon MAX 2000 on the back of the motorhome instead of the Inverted "V", as it is easier to deal with on the road but not as good a performer as my homemade "V".  Our 2m/440 N9TAX Jpole in the "RV mode"is mounted on a homemade PVC "F" frame and bungee corded to the RV mirror and breaks down and packs up quickly for traveling,...... quite a good antenna. 

I enjoy longer QSO's vs Call exchange and 59s so please engage me if you get the chance....... I do realize that some are happy with just making the contact as we all are but I really enjoy a few words with my new "friend".

I have traveled in several countries and have come to the conclusion that just about anywhere on Earth is a wonderful and exciting place to visit and enjoy as long as radical people don't try to twist your brain.

 I am an ARRL & Laurel / VE and enjoy giving folks the opportunity to get their first license or upgrade. 

We belong to a three clubs here in Florida ZAARC (Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club) (http://www.zaarc.org), EPARS (East Pasco Amateur Radio Society) (epoarsoline.com), and LARC (Lakeland, FL ARC) (http://www.lakelandarc.org/).   All of the clubs engage in communication for bike races, 5K and 5 mile walks.  I am a member of the SKYWARN and ARES programs.

I built (WIP) and maintain ZAARC.org website, we try to keep it educational and relative to local area events as well as club information........ please stop in.

The "We's" above include my wife (KM4CUG) who is hard at work on her General.

* If you happen to know of any informaion pertianing to the 1719th SSC I would love to hear from you as I can not locate any info at all.

Thanks for stopping by !

73,

 John

 

 

 

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