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Hello from Minnesota. My previous call was N0SRQ. My station is located in the Grid EN18 which is the Northwestern part of the state. The picutre of my four daughters on one of the towers was taken in August 2013. I have become interested in working HF after spending many years operating weak signal VHF from 50 - 432 Mhz. One of my favorite things to do now is take part in ARRL Field Day activities with good friends. I enjoy erecting home brew antennas and running battery power from a portable location.

The following picture is of my old camper set up for Field Day 2013 in my back yard with a Cushcraft A3S on a portable mast attached to the side and guyed in four directions. This simple setup is very effective for making contacts and is a breeze to setup and take down.


September 26th 2012 several friends and I installed this 40 meter yagi on one of my towers at the 88 foot level where the vhf antennas used to be located. This was a bit of a challenge getting it up there past the guy cables but we were successful in our efforts. I built a small cable car to run on top of the upper guy cable which for the most part worked pretty well. I am now looking forward to the up coming seasonal activities on 40 meter cw. ***Update 2015*** The 2 elelement has proven to be a good antenna but like everything else in the hobby, change is part of the process.   I am now considering a 3 elelement yagi and may be taking this one off the tower in the spring of 2016.  My interests lately have been working dx on 30 meters.  I am not much of a rag chewer so the typical quick dx contacts are well suited for my operating style.  I have built a 2 element yagi for 30 meters and have been quite satisfied so far with its performance.  I do have some feedline issues however that need to be resolved before I can thoroughly evaluate that antenna.


Recently several of my friends and I are starting to get together on 160 meters Monday nights.  This is the mic I recently added to the shack just for this purpose.  I do most of my cw operating on the IC-756 Pro II but my phone work has been using the IC-746 Pro with this Heil GM-4 mic and boom.  I recently restrung the iso mount with a new band and removed most of the hum and fan noise from my signal. 

I have made a simple modification to my Bencher Paddle to remove the long pigtail and replace it with a mini stereo jack. (See the picture below) This allows me to pack and transport the paddle much easier when going remote somewhere. If you would like some information I would be glad to share it with you. There is an article on eham.net. Just search my call sign under articles for the information.

Bencher Mod:


Begali Mod.

Here I removed the original pigtail from this Magnetic Classic paddle and replaced it with a mini sterio jack under the cable strain relief bracket without modifing anything.  I called it the Begali Mod only because it now has the same advantages as the mod I did to the Bencher shown above.  Anyone can do this simple change to their Begali paddle and make it easier to store or transport.

If we have worked, CW or SSB, I appreciate your time and hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.  I still sit in on many of the major contests found on HF but do not attempt to be competitive at it anymore.   I never was interested in awards or certificates but mainly operate to keep my CW skills where they currenly are.  I have heard many of the old time hams tell me how they used to be good at it but have lost their ability due to the lack of operating.  As I get older and those dreaded possibilities of failing mentally become a real possibility,  I am counting of my use of Morse to keep me sharp at least between the ears while my body continues to let me down.   My Very Best Wishes to you and yours and tnx for taking the time to read my bio. 73 Ray



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