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Worked in industry as Chief Engineer for  machinery and control systems company for a number of years. Graduated from NC State University many years ago. Opened a Development Company and Civil Engineering business from which I retired in 2009. Had to take a code test for my first license at the FCC Office in Norfolk, VA. One of my High School friends (K4JEQ) and also was my college roommate got me interested in ham radio in the early 1960's. I have been fortunate to have been involved in different Engineering Disciplines over the years and have enjoyed them all. I have been in and out of Ham Radio over the years and plan to stay in now. I am an Instrument rated pilot. A good landing in hard Instrument weather conditions is always an amazing experience (what a relief it is).  Have owned a Twin Engine Beechcraft 55 Baron, a single engine Beechcraft, and a Cessna 177 RG. Have built many Radio Controlled Model Airplanes over the years. Started riding motorcycles when I was 16 and have probably had at least one of every brand. That was 56 years ago. Was a Captain in the United States Army.  Have the Distinguished Pistol and Revolver Badges from shooting Bullseye Pistol for many years. Own half interest in www.acculock-pistols.com. We build special 1911 45's that are amazingly accurate. They have a unique lock-up. Visit the web page to view. Typical Jack of all Trades as are most of the Hams I have met over the years. Always like to tinker and solve problems. Currently operating mobile on HF with a Yaesu 857D and 120 ATAS Automatic Antenna and 2m with a Kenwood G 71-A Handheld.  The 857D works very well and has been a surprise in operation. This is my first mobile experience in HF and am pleased that I installed it. The most important issue in mobile is feeding power directly off the battery and an excellent ground for the antenna. Just got into digital (DMR). I have an Elecraft K3(updated), 100 w base Station with Pan Adapter, a Kenwood 480HX 200w, an Expert Linear Amplifier 1500 watts, and a Heathkit (Harbach modified) 200sb amplifier. I have a 50' stand alone tower that I plan to put up. Haven't decided on the type beam for this tower.  I have added a 20 m dipole oriented east-west at 60 feet. Finally got a 4 wire fan dipole built and put up at a height of about 80 feet, oriented NE/SW, for the base station. I have been surprised how well the fan dipole works. I have just added an SP7iDX Hex Beam. It is mounted on top of my shop at the rear of the property. It is approximately 50 feet above the lower part of the yard. The swr readings are 1.4 or lower on 6-20 meters right out of the box. You don't need a tuner for it. It works extremely well and the quality is the best I have seen. I am well pleased with this Hex Beam. It takes several months to get it , but well worth the wait. I learn something new from my ham friends nearly every day. This is a wonderful hobby where one meets really smart and interesting individuals. Thank you for any contact that we have had on the radio. It is always good to meet new people. Thank you for taking the time to learn something about me. In the picture of the house below, notice the fan dipole wire in the upper right corner. Many trees on the site. God is very important in my life as a final statement.


Fan Dipole approximately 80 feet high

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