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I am new to Ham Radio and have been in electronics 35+ years. I was a child when I was introduced to Ham Radio and was interested then. Tried the morse code thing but couldn't get the hang of it.Was looking for a hobbie last winter (2015) and stumbled across the VHF rigs. Looked at the technician licenseing and it wasn't too bad. Passed that and wanted more so I went for the general class license. Just went on the air (HF) today 09/02/16.

Presently running an Elecraft KX3, my first HF rig, and I have a Carolina Windom antenna at about 35 feet cut for 80 meters. I am pleased with both the KX3 and the Windom. The KX3 has so many features and I am a slow learner I guess that is what keeps it interesting. I know that the OCF dipole (Carolina Windom) is not respected in the amateur radio community but I am pleased with it and can recommend it. I built the version with the 22ft vertical radiator.

I have added a 130ft. dipole up at about 70ft (vertical height) and have that attached to window line going to a SGC239 auto tuner. Unfortunately the dipole has no center support and I am relying on the strength of the dacron rope for keeping the whole affair somewhat level on the horizontal plane. So far so good.

Still struggling with trying to learn CW and have downloaded that "Just Learn Morse Code" program the L's and R's & W's are beating me down. I have purchased and built the K42 from Ham Crafter and have thought about cheating with my CW. Not the best thing but it will get me on the air.


QRP.............when you care to send the very least.

73's to all.


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