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On July 15, 2016, I received my new rig, an ICOM 7300.  LOVE IT!

I also added a matchbox antenna from EARC in Hawaii running from my compuiter room/Ham Shack (2 stories above ground level) to the top of a  cherry tree about 30 feet away and about10'-15' more above ground level but lower as the yard slopes down  The wire is nearly impossible to see which is a big plus in my HOA restriced neighborhood. This antenna is a big improvement above 40 meters. My old attic dipole generally gives me a stronger signal on that band. Both antennas are tuned with an LDG AT7000.
I  received my license in June 2015, going straight to General, after talking about doing it since 1959 or so when I was in high school.  I built a Knight Kit Span Master at that time and got very interested in shortwave listening. Shortly after I spent about $100 of my college savings (much to my father's anger) on an Hallicrafters S-110.  I wanted to get my license at that time but I just couldn't apply myself hard enough to master the code.  Decades later, when code was no longer a requirement, I had no excuse. But it still took me until 2015 to apply myself to studying the questions. This happened when on a lark I tried an online Technician test and passed without studying.

 Power is from an MFJ 4230 switching power supply. For 40 meters and longer wavelengths, I use an attic dipole I installed about 15 years ago for SWLing.  At this time, being 74 years young, I can't remember how long I cut the antenna or whether I purcased the dipole ready made.  My attic is difficult to manouver in so the legs are zig-zaging all around up there. Plus I have an attic HVAC unit that probably is causing some reflections. Per Google Earth I am located at 39 degrees 6 min 6.07 sec N and 77 degrees 29 mins 33.92 secs W at an altitude of 277'. That would put my attic at close to 300'.

I have a PhD in mathematics from Brandeis University and worked for the government as a civil servant (first) and later as a consultant in the field of information systems security.  I semi-retired in 2003 and became a visiting professor in the computer science department at George Washington University. I finally really retired in 2006

My wife, Sandy, and I spend a lot of time traveling around the country with our 25' travel trailer and our chocolate Labrador, Zoe. Alas, our poor old Zoe had to be euthanised in January 2017.  She was no longer able to walk and lost interest in eating--that's about as bad as it gets for a lab.

 

 

 

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