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This is our local club; http://www.fmarc.net/

This is me;

2016 =================== 1964

I am a retired construction inspector living in a small home with my XYL, Carol.  I am a Christian anti-socialist, and a patriotic "Florida cracker" living in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a large community in Lee County, just east of Fort Myers on the northern border of the Everglades .




The eye of Hurricane Irma went over us 09/10/17. Our home came through with only minor damage to the siding due to a falling tree limb. We lost grid power for eight days, but we did have a backup generator and solar field power. In spite of my preparations, I lost all my wire antennas because the trees they were attached to before the storm no longer exist. I have most of the antennas, as I lowered and disconnected them in the event that this happened. But now I need to find another way to re-fly them.

The main tower (seen laying across the yard in this pic) was lowered for the storm, and survived fine -- even though the clevis twisted and let go of the hook on the lifting tower about half-way down. The 40FT mast attached to the house was "Frozen" in the extended position through the storm. I discovered that it could not be lowered because of previous, unseen damage caused by catching a guy wire with a trailer-load of horicultural waste last Winter... It still cannot. Thank God, it rode-out the storm as-seen. The Imax 2K fiberglass stick mounted on top (out-of-frame) lost it's whip portion to the storm. It will likely be the arrival of our first cold front (usually sometime in late November) before I address these hobby-related issues.

The standing water was 10" deep in places --- In the 28 years I've lived here, I've NEVER seen ANY standing water in my back yard! We received somwhere between 14" and 18" of rain within 24 hours.The grill seen in the back field is lashed to an old tree stump (courtesy of Hurricane Andrew), and we had a nice dinner once Irma passed us. ;)

There is nothing like living through such threats to reveal the many 'holes' in the best of preparation efforts.


My kids and their spouses

The radio room;

VHF/UHF/and HF digital rig is an ICOM IC7000 all-mode for FM and digital modes. I use a Bencher paddle via MFJ-464 Keyer for CW, <100Watts pep.

For most 80m thru 10m VOICE modes, I use a Kenwood TS-850,  or FT101E into a Drake L4B Amplifier, into a Delta-Loop cut for 40M @ 30fT.

 Hurricane Irma took down every tree, or limb of tree that I was using to fly all these antennas.... I have no HF capabilities, at least until the first cold front arrives (usually one does by Thankgiving).



I QSL100%, card gets card... I also QSL all SWL reports 100%. 

My 1990 QSL Card;   My 2010 QSL Card;


What a shame -- Sheriff Scott Frowns upon us taking the Huey up for joy-rides (he mumbled something about "a heap of trouble")..


"Threes", Y'all... I hope to QSO soon. God Bless, and remember to Keep your friends smiling -- Even the MEAN ones!!!

The original page template was designed by my good friend, WI4E, Willy --  Content, of course, is my fault. :) All outside images were in public domain. All my additional images can be considered public domain also.. I just ask that you use discretion and tact if you use them..

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