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Hello from Fabulous Las Vegas 

You'll normally find me using JT65 or FT8 on the 15, 17, 20 or 40 meter bands.

LoTW and eQSL contacts are uploaded on Saturday nights.  QRZ uploaded immediately.

Technician: December 1991, General: October 2016

Rig: Icom IC-7300  Antennas: MFJ-1835 Cobweb, MFJ 40m dipole

Some Christmas presents can be so special and do not have to be expensive.  My son embroadered this hat for me which makes it very special.

Like so many hams, I got started with CB.  At the old age of 14 my parents gave me a Knightkit walkie talkie…. and it actually worked when I finished building it.  Needless to say they were not very happy to find out that you had to have two radios to communicate.  And they were so expensive, a whopping $9.95.

I grew up north of Syracuse, NY on a farm in a small community called South Hannibal.  I joined the USAF in 1969.

I purchased several cb radios over the years and continued to use them while traveling all over the states including Colorado, Ohio, Florida, and Nevada.

Retiring from the USAF in 1990, and the code requirement being eliminated in early 1991,  it was time to move up to ham radio. I passed my technician license exam in December 1991 but as things go, other priorities came about and cell phones got cheaper so in 1996 the radios were retired to a shelf.

After a divorce, 20 years in the military and 19 years in IT at the local college, I retired in 2015, living in Henderson, Nv. I dusted off the equipment in 2016 and fired them up.  It's fascinating how the coin batteries seem to go dead when radios are stored in the 100 degree heat of the garage.  So now the batteries have been replaced and the radios are working great.

As is the topic of many conversations, I also live in an area with a home owners association.  I currently have a Cushcraft AR-270 antenna on the back side of my house for 2 meters and 440.  If one looks real close when they enter my community, the antenna is plainly visible but…. ssssssh don't tell anyone.  As for HF, I have an MFJ-1835 Cobweb antenna that works very well at 16 feet and a dipole for 40 meters in my attic .

I'm working on my Extra Class license and hope to pass that test this fall. Study, study, study.









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