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Hello: Its now been 51 Years that I have been into Ham Radio. First licensed as WN6RQW, WB6RQW, WD9EEZ, and finally N9BX.

Retired Navy, CWO4 in Ordnance, Specialty was in underwater mines.

Trying  new low band Antennas, is a hobby in itself.  Started using an SDRPLAY with my rig and watching the effect on receive signals, Using a combination of a  Welbrook ALA1530LNPRO and an active small vertical with a KD9SV BF981 Preamp, all being fed intp an NCC-1 phasing controller.  I used to have a MFJ-1026, but although it worked well it is not up to the task of the NCC-1. In Illinois on Top Band I used one of the first HI-Z antenna receive array, with a 90' spacing.  This was my receive antenna for about 4 years until I retired and moved. Transmit antenna was a 90' top loaded vertical with 3 top hat wires, and it really worked out fantastic. Now that I am settlet in Mississippi, another HI-Z antenna is in the Garage and under construction, it will be a 4/8 Array.  Transmit Antenna on 160 is mofified MA160V with 20 feet added to the botom section,  This raises the efficiency of the vertical from 37 percent to around 45 percent, while still getting the benefits of top hat capacitance loading.  So far from Illinois and Mississippi I have a Total of 227 Countries worked on 160 Meters.

Amplifier for 160-6 meters is the OM-2000+, a Nice 1.5KW amp, the plus sign says it all!

 Six meter DXCC Count is low with 94 Worked for DXCC.  I had over 300 Grids worked from Mississippi, a low total but not bad since restarting grid collecting after moving to Mississippi in November 2015.

It  am the IOTA Checkpoint for the RSGB IOTA Program for call areas 7, 8, 9, and 0. So if you have cards I am the person that will get you started or for checking your QSL Cards.  Remember that the IOTA program does not Use LOTW or EQSL as that is an ARRL Program. 992 Islands Confirmed for the IOTA program, and closing in on the 1000 Shield.  But even the IOTA program is changing so stand by for the new system coming on line soon.  Propagation is better than it was in Illinois, and not as good as it was in  SW Florida   In Southern Mississippi, fighting thunderstorms means frequent antenna disconnects.  But the People down here are wonderful, and the food is great!

For N9BX/P operations please use Clublog for QSL Requests:  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/N9BX/P

Bruce N9BX 73

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