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The handle is Al.

The QTH is near the coast of California, about 100 km south of San Franciscso.

I like paper QSL cards and use the bureau, LoTW and eQSL.  Or direct, too!

My station is the Yaesu FTDX-5000 to a 4 element SteppIR yagi at 20 M.  This antenna has a folded dipole on 30 M and 40 M.  I also use a dipole on 80 M.  If I need 10 dB more signal, I warm up a Palstar HF2500.

Boulder Creek is located in the Santa Cruz mountain range east of San Jose, near the Pacific Ocean.  We are in a vast  Redwood and Douglas Fir forest.  The typical  big redwood tree is up to 1500 years old , 85 M high & 3.6 M diameter.  The biggest nearby is 100 M high & 6.8 M dia.!   The town is 4,923 inhabitants and formed in the mid 19th century.  Many local trees helped rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire.  There is only one stop sign and no traffic robots.  We like it here!  We being my XYL, Rita.  We met and married in Timisoara, Romania in 1986, 25+ fast years ago.

I was licensed as WN6DOI with my buddy, Steve, WN6DOA in June 1970.   But we had no radios!  A 6.7 magnitude earthquake 15 miles away in February 1971 shook me up so I later got on the air with a Johnson Adventurer. Upgraded to General and WB6DOI. Out of high school and onwards to college and N6TA. Operated during college at the club station W6BHZ at Cal Poly, and W6RFU at UC Santa Barbara. Unforgettable memories of those days operataing at the club stations between engineereing classes and labs: ....  george victor george, etc. for those that monitored 80 phone on 3922 kHz.

Here are some of the neighbors that visited our QTH and paused long enough for a quick picture!  But first, a couple views from 20 meters up.

Look at me!  I got some new horns!

I like peanuts so I will pose for you:

A little party for the turkey gang:

The rest of the flock:

Sleepy time:

Don't mess with me; I'm a Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (thanks, Ed!):

Don't mess wth me, either!  We bobcats eat gophers and other small animals.  And housecats?!

I eat woodpeckers!  Saw one take a meal while in mid flight!

Nobody eats me!  Can't get close or phew!

Don't look away or I may swipe something:

Better keep your smaller pets in at night.  Or anytime!

Good night. 

Or, maybe good morning where you are now:

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