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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 deck (1 story above ground level) to the top of a  cherry tree about 30 feet away and another 10'-15' more above ground level.  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.

My first rig was  an ICOM 7000.  Power is from an MFJ 4230 switching power supply. I tune the antenna with an LDG AT-7000. Antenna is an attic dipole I installed about 15 years ago for SWLing.  At this time, being 72 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.

On our lateset trip (April 2016, to Grayton Beach State Park, Florida) I decided to bring the rig along (actually its the first trip that I've had a rig!). With a last minute decsion this was the best I could come up with for an antenna. The Whip is an MFJ apartment antenna. I managed 2 contacts before the weather got to poor to work. (I was outside--not enough coax to get into the trailer)


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