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Greetings and thanks for visiting. The QTH Bethesda is a Maryland suburb of "The Nations Capital," Washington D.C... My location is just a few miles from the District of Columbia line. More information including photographs of this area is planned. I have been licensed since 1954 and served in the Signal Corp as a member of the White House Army Signal Agency. My career following the service began in the hotel business with Hilton Hotels and eventually led to photography serving the same convention groups as the hotels. My profession was really involved in management/ sales as president and also being a professional cameraman doing fine portrait and commercial work.The firm had an outstanding staff and fortunately was one of Washington's leading photographic studios for many years. Our format for studio work was 4x5 to 8x10 and commercial work 35mm thru 8x10. We eventually bought our own building which included a studio, labs,retouching and administrative departments. A perfect break came with the advent of digital photography. No more lab floods and strange smells. Digital work was a blessing but difficult to market. Everyone with any knowledge of digital photography seemed to know everything and always wanted the best pose image to reproduce by themselves. Sure you can charge for the release but for years we had and kept a library of all negatives and had the rights for reproduction. One sitting could muster many years of reorders. A good time to retire.Now the company is just me and my digital equipment doing only select work and very little of that. Age here is 78 years old and prime time for radio play. Past and present hobbies include sailing, licensed pilot, scuba diving, fishing and hunting. My communicating began with a Heathkit AT- 1 and Hallicrafters SX 28 and has ended up with a 7600, Flex 6300 and 8410. Running to 5 watts on WSPR is a favorite too, thanks to K1JT. For this mode I am now using a Flex 1500 and sharing my Palstar HF Auto tuner. The combo works great for band hopping too. The antenna farm includes a hy-gain HT 18 and "optimized" G5RV. Both fortunately work well for me. Also included is a tri band Cushcraft 70cm, 2m, 6m beam and 2m / 70cm vertical Comet CP9 on a 50ft crank-up tower as my APRS antenna. A 706 MKII and KAM XL supports hf/vhf on APRS. A great keyboard is added to the mix with an ATR 6800 for TTY or keyboard Morse. My SDR- IQ provides great band coverage on a 27 in. monitor. A 7el hb 2m cubical quad rests in the attic.The tower used to be home for my sorely missed hy-gain tri band cubical quad but tree growth changed all that. The XYL is a tree hugger and you know the rest.

186 miles away from Bethesda and on the Northern Neck of Virginia is Burgess. Our cottage is located there on Bridge Creek  just off the Little Wicomico River and has become home for W3BCW/Portable 4. Images show the stations newly erected Zero Five Tilt Over Flag Pole Antenna. Amazing results from the beginning. Salt water can be seen about 50 feet away. Rig marine moble is a 706 and at the cottage a vintage 757....Again, thanks for stopping by, Best 73's Brooks

Important Credit due: K3GEN who tirelessly engineered and worked on the antenna and its ground system installation.

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