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I am back in really "radio-active" mode only in the last few years since I retired from the telecom business. I was first licensed back in the 60's when I was 13 years old. I was then WN1IUU, then WA1IUU and N1ASL. During those years I went through many different phases of the hobby from CW DXing, 10 Meter AM and early 10-10 club (I'm number #1011) to RTTY with early Heathkit computers and early packet. I am back on the air again with a Yaesu FT-450D for camp etc. and and a Flex 5000a with VHF/UHF transverters. Now a Flex 6500 and Maestro remote unit are also on the desk to add to the confusion.  Antennas consist of a full size 160 meter horizontal loop and a Hex beam up on a 50 foot crank up tower.  Also I have a Comet 144/440 colinear and experimenting with a 43 foot High Gain vertical.  Occasional other wire antennas appear here and there and seem to annoy my wife. I believe a 80 meter flat top will occur before winter sets in. smiley  I am operating digital, phone and CW and enjoying it all.


I have plans for some additional antenna projects this summer and also setting up a portable station at our cabin that is way, way off the grid about 100 miles north of Buckfield on Spring Lake. I have a power system up there consisting of 700 AH battery bank with a 3000 watt sine wave inverter charging with a generator.  I should be able to get the meters wiggling with that.  It does a good job running the blender making Margarita's!

I have changed to the vanity call W1BFA. The original W1BFA, "Ernie" was a good friend of my family and the fellow that really started my interest in ham radio. His mentoring and help getting started in the hobby at age 13 was a huge influence on the rest of my life. He became a silent key a few years ago. I thought it would be nice if someone who knew him could keep his call active.

I also enjoy classic cars, woodworking and fishing so between these and my six grandchildren my spare time is pretty well spoken for. 73 Mike


Will be operating "Maple Syrup Portable" from our sap shack (also here in Buckfield)during this spring sap season.  Operation from the site will be  on battery as there is no commercial power.  Looking forward to QSO's while boiling sap!

The "sap shack"

Home antenna...

Recent challenge added to keep me occupied...   1931 Model A Budd cab, dual sidemount, wide bodied pickup.  This is going to be a new experience! 40 hp vs. 400 in the Corvette.  I'm  thinking I'll feel the difference in the seat of my pants!  smiley

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Grid Squared Award#5895
Granted: 2015-03-16 13:10:04   (W1BFA)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#7057
Granted: 2015-03-16 13:10:03   (W1BFA)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 17 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 17 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
DX World Award#1442
Granted: 2015-03-16 13:10:02   (W1BFA)

  • Mixed Phone
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