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I am from North Carolina and retired from law enforcement back at the end of 2015.  Since retiring from the states, I have moved here to Canada. I am living just across Lake Erie from Buffalo, NY in Fort Erie, Ontario. How did I get here you may ask?? Married a Canadian girl. I am now a permanant resident of Canada.

I have both a US (KM4FLF) and Canadian ticket. 

I travel back and forth from North Carolina to visit family and friends. I am ocassionally using my /VE3 callsign to finish up some awards I have been tracking.

I am also a veteran and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 from the US Army back in 1998. I was a Nike Hercules Technician and then Patriot Missile System Technician and Gulf War Veteran.

I am working with a TS590SG, Asus Laptop, and a 5 band MFJ Cobweb (See below for my review) for 10-20, and dipole for 40M. I work primarily PSK, and do work some JT as well as FT8. Can't beat PSK for a relaxing and enjoyable digital mode. I have dusted off the old straight key and dabbling a little on CW again.

Member PODX #2301, LONP #0396, ARRL, RAC, Executive on the NPARC (Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club) and a couple of  US ham clubs. See my US call page KM4FLF/VE3 for more information.

Most importantly, I am a prostate cancer survivor.  Get checked regularly. I had no symptoms and was diagnosed at 51 years old. Happy to be cancer free!!!!

I QSL here at QRZ.com, LoTW, eQSL (AG), and direct.

**Update: November 2017:  Just earned my WAS from QRZ and LoTW.


MFJ Cobweb 1835H:

For someone with limited space and needs a resonably priced antenna this is a good pick. It is only about 10 pounds and has a corner to corner width of about 12 feet. I have mine mounted on a Rhone tripod tower on the garage roof at about 25 feet. It is for the most part omni-directional and has about 5 dbi gain. I have worked a lot of DX stations, SA, HI, JA...all using digital at 30 Watts. It has already survived several wind gales and doing great.

Negatives: This thing is a bear to tune. You have 5 wires acting as pretty much folded dipoles for each band.into one matching unit. So tuning one band will effect the others to some extent. You must be patient in this process. It is very narrow also. You will need a auto tuner or tuner in the rig. SWR bounces up really fast if you get off your reasonant point. My TS590SG autotuner takes care it for me, so I have had no issues tuning across band. 

Overall, I am happy with it. She is doing a fine job for me until I am able to upgrade to a directional beam and tower.

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World Continents Award#18885
Granted: 2017-11-14 18:15:05   (VA3FLF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#3679
Granted: 2017-11-14 18:15:05   (VA3FLF)

Grid Squared Award#17274
Granted: 2017-10-10 19:20:44   (VA3FLF)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20M Digital
United States Counties Award#7521
Granted: 2017-10-10 19:19:27   (VA3FLF)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
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