Biography of N4XY:
Age: 70... Married (48 yrs) w/ 2 sons... my wife is Theresa; I retired in DEC 2011 from Carestream Dental where I was the Technical Advisor for Implementations. Look for me on Facebook and especially 40M CW.
Older son Rusty was an English major / Communications minor at the Univ of Tenn, and graduated in 2002. He is the father of both of my grandsons (so far.)
Chris and his wife Abby are missionaries living in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
My interests include 1) Reading; 2) Photography; 3) Marine & Tropical Fish; and 4) Ham Radio. Within Ham Radio, I collect 'Boat Anchor' (e.g.old/tube/etc.) equipment; and mainly to operate at less than 100W. Currently, I am designing a Master Band Pass Filter switch for publication, working on several articles about various prototyping boards, and LEDs.
I collect: keys, paddles, & bugs; GDOs; T/R Switches; Mechanical RTTY machines and TUs; and Test Equipment. I have what I believe is one of the world's largest and most extensive collection of GDOs-with 61 models from 47 different manufacturers, plus almost a dozen homebrew instruments.
I was off the air from 2005 when a had a 'perfect storm' of calamities: 1) In DEC 2005, congestive heart failure followed by 5 bypasses (all still clear in 2013); 2) My TET Yagi on a 12ft rooftop tower blew over, destroying it; and 3) A 6in drainpipe above my basement radio desk rotted through and dumped all the effluent from the diswasher & sink/garbage disposal onto my station. Net was the complete loss of my NRD-515 receiver. Am moving the desk, and setting back up. Oh yes: I was back at work full time by the end of FEB and resumed my usual 45-50 hour weeks-almost until I retired. I returned to the air in 2016 when I purchased a very nice Ten Tec OMNI VI Option 3 (equiv to an OMNI VI+.)
I have erected a HyGain HyTower, and am still adding multi-wire connections to the DX Engineering ground plate under it. I have 8 9-ft groundrods around it. (JAN 2013.) I have to repair several favorite pieces before REALLY considering myself back on the air: a) my near-mint EFJ Ranger II needs to have its bandswitch cam set right again; and b) my favorite receiver (that I own at least) my RACAL RA6790/GM needs attention to its power supply-probably just some diodes or caps-we'll see. I will probably 'bring up' my near-mint R4-B shortly. At least four 0.1 wav radials are set.
Oh yes... I forgot to mention Daisy, our 9 year old Golden Retriever, aka UBER-Daisy!!! She is a very forward dog, who likes to look you right in the eye, demanding her large-and quite necessary-share of attention.
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