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Received Novice Ticket June 3, 1977 with callsign WB3IFJ. Upgraded to Extra Class October 1987 with present callsign.

Primary HF and satellite rig is an Icom 9100.  Satellite backup rig is an Icom 910H. Other HF rigs are Icom 746 and Icom 7000.  Icom 2300 VHF/UHF or Icom 28A for mobile. Handhelds, Icom T70A and couple Baofengs.  One lone Yaesu in the shack is a Yaesu FTDX-1200 for CW and some SSB.  An ACOM 1010 amplifier to run with the Yaesu FTDX-1200.  Favorite modes  satellites and CW.  Enjoy building QRP gear including an OHR 100, OHR 500, Elecraft K1, Tuna Tin II, VEC-1220K and VEC-1230K.  For Digital Modes rig is an Icom 751A. Vintage gear includes a Hallicrafters  HT-46, SX-146, Kenwood TS-520 and Heathkit SB-104A.  Primary HF antenna is a  80 meter  Extended Zepp with HF backup antenna a Delta Loop.  For six meters use an Arrow ground plane. Satellite antennas are Gulf Alpha 2 meter five element and 70 cm 8 element circular polarized.   For portable satellite work have an Arrow  Alaskan yagi on a camera tripod.  AMSAT 38883 member number and VUCC certificate number 241. Spent two weeks July/August 2013 vacation/satellite DXpedition and worked from seven Grids while in VO1 land. Portable HF antenna is a homebrew Vertical using same design as Vertical for the shack. Member of the Elk County Amateur Radio Association. Military time was USN and last two years was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Argentia, Newfoundland. My wife and I made  four trips to Newfoundland. First trip in July of 1992 then in July 2005, July/August 2010 and last trip July/August 2013. Had HF rig along on first three trips and was fun operating VO1. Live in the country and have three grown children, two girls and one boy, ND3R, four grandchildren and  two great grand children.   Retired July 30, 2004 from Osram/Sylvania after thirty seven and a half years of service where they manufacture Sylvania light bulbs. My last thirteen years was a mechanical maintenance mechanic.  I prefer being called a "freelance pedestrian" rather than retiree!





Operating from Newfoundland July/August 2013.Was able to work from seven Grid Squares. Equipment included an Icom 910H, Arrow 146/437 portable yagi on camera tripod, laptop for tracking and Optima Battery as power source.



Kure Beach, NC - FM13 from September 12 -19, 2015.




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