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Thanks for checking out my page.  I'm a retired school psychologist married to a retired kindergarten teacher.  We came to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1969.  We have two grown children and three grandchildren.  Our son, Mike, is a ham (K4RUM).  I was licensed at age 15 in 1954.   We live on a small lot in a geriatric ghetto where antennas (and many other things) are not permitted by the homeowner's association.    I hold a reciprocal license in the Bahamas (C6ARU) and try to get over there occasionally  to escape the myriad restrictions imposed by my HOA here in the so-called "land of the free."

Other interests include playing piano (pretty badly), bicycling (pretty slowly) and reading (pretty sketchily) on my iPad.  I recently gave up boating after more than 50 years and sold my 22 foot pontoon boat.  The once pristine nearby Indian River lagoon is turning into a cesspool.

This is a photo of my "ant. farm."  Can you find the ant?



















Below is a photo of my shack - known as "The Geek Room."  It consists of  a Kenwood TS-590S driving an Elecraft KPA-500 amplifier feeding a trap vertical with 50 20-ft. radials for 30-20-15-10 meters thru about 100 feet of coax.   A small inverted L using a 40 meter trap handles 40 and 80.  The 20 foot vertical wire is very close to the house so the radial field consisting of 33 30-foot radials only covers about 180 degrees.  A simple dipole in the attic about 15 feet above ground does the job on 6 meters when the band is open.  The computer is connected to the TS-590S  via a SignaLink USB

A Yaesu FT-450D  is used for portable operation and as a backup rig.  A lot of my operating for the past 15 years has been  on the digital modes.  Olivia is my favorite digital mode.  In recent years I've returned to CW as my primary mode.  I seldom can be found with a microphone in my hand.

Here's a copy of my novice license issued more than 62 years ago.  Makes me feel a litle old!

Ah... the good old days... Here's a copy of an FCC "Official Notice of Violation,"  dated September 29, 1956 - the only one I ever received from The FCC.  I almost peed my pants when it arrived in the mail!  Notice the quaint phonetics! I never did figure out why my old  Heathit DX100 generated that spur.  Ah...  the good old days when the FCC actually listened on the air and enforced the rules.  Things sure were different back then!


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