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I have been involved with radio for nearly 25 years, ever since I went to camp Shaw-mi-del-eca (after the SHAWnee, MIami, DELaware, and senECA indian tribes) in Lewisburg, WV. There they had a carrier current radio station WLCR and a lot of patience for a kid who spent WAY too much time there...

Hello to Kent C. Hoffman and Glenn Walsh, the interest you sparked has not died yet!

Kent worked at the NBS, now NIST - Glenn was last heard from the Atlanta area, where he did news for a local radio station.

I have fond memories of the second floor studio, where the floor creaked and buckled terribly, and the new studio on the first floor that was extremely organized...

I never knew we were so close to a national secret (The Greenbriar resort, just over the hill was, arguably the biggest fallout shelter in the world - designed to hold the US Govt. in case of war)!

I currently am employed at a nation-wide chain of Amateur Radios stores in their Plano, Texas store part-time.

I just (Sept. 2015) put up my first real HF station at home, a Kenwood TS-570D with an S9 18' vertical with 7x 15' ground radials deployed at night (when the HOA goblins are all fast asleep). Tonight I logged my first HF contact from home, running 75 watts into my 18' vertical on 20 meters (it was the HamNation after-show net - hi Steve, W7UDI!).

I've included a photo of the 5 gallon bucket with 40 pounds of no-mix concrete and a 1" pipe sticking up to support my antenna. For ground Radials I cut 7 fifteen foot (ish) ground radials of 14 ga THHN wire (in orange, to match the bucket) laid across my backyard.

I'm impressed with this little 'stick' - I was 'ten over (S9) in Washington state, but I suspect Steve's TH6 beam did most of the work!

as an innovation, to collect up my ground radials I got a 'ground bus bar' that you would use in a circuit breaker box and attach each ground radial to it's own screw - the 23 position bus bar was under $10 at Home Depot.

I used the internal tuner in my TS-570D to manage the SWR, and it all just 'worked'!

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