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Hello! I am a fairly typical ham operator with 2M FM in the truck and HF/6M/2M/70cm all-mode in the shack. Currently in south-west Vermont and arrived here at the start of 2015. This is the best state for me, I believe, with the low population, clean environment, and fair laws. Taxes are a a bit high, but I guess you need to pay for the nice roads somehow! Here's our home and an artistic moose... And Bennington Monument along with the view of the historic area of Bennington from the monument.

    

I run a Yaesu FT991 and feed the HF/6M signals through coax to a remote tuner in the woodshed. The tuner output is to a 4:1 balun and ladder line up to the center of a 102-foot long "all-band" dipole at about 40-feet suspended between trees and tensioned with small rope and a pully/counterweight setup. VHF-UHF is currently very modest with signal from the FT991 feeding a Cushcraft AR270B via LMR400-DB coax buried underground for 20 feet to a 12-foot tall mast off the north-west corner of the house.

Having recently set up the station here, I am happy to be back on the air. I was licensed first back in 1976 under WB2BBT but never did much with the hobby being a young teenager and no real money or mentor to provide guidance. After getting out of the US Army (Guided Missile Electronics Tech) in the early 80's, my electronics interests put me in local community college where I met some ham operators. soon, I was on the air as a tech with N2PDP as a call. 2M FM was useful to me hiking in the Catskill Mountains of NY. Spent a good deal of my youth in Fuera Bush NY and ran around up on Copeland Hill where I was lucky enough to have my grandfather's land to run around on. Limbing trees and cutting firewood was the task and rewarded by being able to camp alone on the hill as a young kid with my rifle and a campfire in a handbuilt lean-to.

Interest in radio was developed at my Grandparent's house tuning around the bands on a Hammarlund HQ-145X that sat next to a Johnson Viking Ranger II transmitter. I loved the glow of the tubes and the far away stations long before the technological wave decades later. That was back in the mid 60's and they were WN2VIC and WN2VID. They loaned me their paper-tape and buzzer code practice machine that you wound-up with a hand-crank and had a mechanical governor for the clockspring unwind speed that drove the flywheel. For sending, the old Navy key and an Eico code practice oscillator did the trick for me. As mentioned before, I became WB2BBT in '76 at the age of about 15. 

Here's the station in California back in about 2000. Wish I was still running the FT-920; it died recently but I'll fix it!. Also wish I still had the Johnson Ranger II and the Hammarlund HQ-110, but gear comes and goes.

My XYL keeps me in line, out of trouble, and very happy in life. She loves riding motorcycle with me (passenger) and is absolutely the best co-pilot any rider could hope for, whether tucked in at 155MPH or grinding off knee sliders at full-lean and 45MPH, she is steady and resolute. Here's a few pictures, one up on Angeles Crest Highway in CA withe the DucatiST3 and the other of me solo with the BMW R1200GS Adventure in Death Valley (about 10,000 feet elevation difference). 

    

My other hobby of much discipline and practice is high-power, long-range service rifle competition where I shoot an M1 Garand and M1A (M14) in .30-06 and .308 respectively. Iron sights only out to 600 yards with as-issued rifles and ammo, no match-grade componets or hand-loads allowed. My respect to the Marines that shared their knowledge and time with me at Wilcox Range, Camp Pendleton USMC. My hat off to all my brothers and sisters of the US Armed forces who only do what is asked of them and do it with pride and professionalism.

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World Continents Award#19615
Granted: 2018-01-19 19:20:02   (KR6FH)

Endorsements:
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Grid Squared Award#16063
Granted: 2017-05-19 01:28:28   (KR6FH)

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