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Pictured above is my 55 foot (18.3 meter) tower with 7 antennas installed. Going from the bottom to the top is the Force 12 model 6BA which covers 40 meters (2 elements), 20 through 10 meters (10 elements). The next antenna up is the M2 12 element  2 meter beam, with the M2 222m10 10 element 222 MHz Yagi. Above that is the 5 element Cushcraft 6 meter Yagi. Above the 6 meter beam is the M2 11 element 440 FM Yagi antenna. Next, is the Force 12 30 meter rotatable dipole. Finally, on top is the 2 meter 7 db Collinear. For 160 and 80/75 meters, I use the Alpha Delta twin sloper which is barely visible in the picture. The tower was reworked in July/August of 2011. I use LMR-400 coax feed for the HF side of the system. Meanwhile, I use 1/2 inch Heliax for the VHF/UHF side of the system.

First licensed as WN6VBB in 1973, got my general as WA6VBB in 1974, advanced a year later, ending up with amateur extra by 1976 while serving in the Navy. I also got my commercial telephone ticket while serving overseas. In 1980, I ran 650 phone patches using ham radio from the USS Nicholson (DD-982) while serving in the Mediterranean region.

Before relocating to Oregon in 1981when finishing my 6.5 year enlistment, I applied for a "7" call ending up with NN4T because my mail P.O. was in Florida at the time. I reapplied for my 7 call ending up with my current call KK7N. I have been active continuously during my 43 years as a ham.

I enjoy CW rag chewing primarily but getting my feet wet with digital modes from PSK31 to SSTV.  I aIso like doing QRP CW as well as running portable when camping. I am a net control station for our local VHF and UHF (6 meter, 2 meter, and 432 MHz SSB) net which is held on Monday nights here in the Portland, Oregon area. I am also the NCS for the Northwestern Country Cousins Net (3968 KHz) on Friday evenings. You can also find me on the Dipsea Net (3940 KHz) as well mainly on the weekends. I met my XYL (KA7QHD) of 33 years here in Portland. Both of our families are from the L.A. area. Have 3 stepdaughters with 9 grandchildren. My other passions are photography, studying meteorology and stargazing. She just retired and promises that she will upgrade her ticket to general over the next year (2017). Otherwise, she isn't active at this time but slowly getting back into the hobby.

Hope to work you on the air if I haven't already. Enjoy this fine hobby, be courteous and have fun. If you QSL, I will QSL but I am slow at it I admit.

73 Mike

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