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Thank you for looking me up here on QRZ.COM!  And you know something?  This website has to be one of the best parts of our hobby, because you may not know exactly who that amateur operator is that you are talking to...or exactly where they are...until you look up their call here.

So, perhaps you are reading this to see who I am, and where I am??

Starting with the "where", New Maryland is a small town in New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada, not that far from the Maine, U.S.A. border.  I feel a kinship with American amateurs, perhaps because I once lived in Manhattan, I was a student at NYU. And I spent six years on the West Coast, in California and British Columbia.

Today, I am another of those retired guys who is mighty grateful for amateur radio. There are a lot of retirees with no hobbies.  Many of them miss no longer going to their job, no longer interacting with co-workers, not meeting people, not keeping in touch.  Ham radio can fill that gap nicely, and the QRZ.COM website is a BIG help; the people who run this site are to be greatly admired, and appreciated, for their efforts.

I am retired from a number of careers that included engineering, publishing and printing  (newspapers, radio, tv, public relations); also enjoyed a stint as a stockbroker, underground miner, square dance caller, a pilot, a musician, etc., etc.

 My favorite job was being a newspaper owner/manager/editor; got to meet up with, and interview, some pretty amazing people.

My station setup?  There's a cubical quad antenna on a tilt-over tower, for working 6-10-12-15-17-20 meters; I agree with those who say the quad is one of the best beams ever, and books have been written about how it often outperforms the competition.  Mounted high above the quad is a 2-meter yagi, and that antenna can bring up repeaters as much as 150 miles away. 

Wire antennas have a great interest for me, especially since my New Maryland property has two tall trees, 150 feet apart from each other.  I've tried over 20 different wire antennas, and the one in use now is a delta loop for 160m/80m/40m.   My next experiment will be to attempt using my tower as a vertical, by way of shunt-feeding.

Okay, enough said, and again, thank you for the look-up.          -Ray

PS: Should I meet you on the air, and we need something to talk about, I could tell you about once having a pet skunk!   Yes, a skunk, but no worse that getting chased by big bears, but that's another story....

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