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I support the DX Code Of Conduct and you can too. You can check it out at http://www.dx-code.org .

I have many interests within our hamateur radio hobby. I enjoy antenna design via modeling, construction and erection, DX'ing, a little bit of RTTY contesting, QRP operation via CW and the digital modes, digital modes operation such as BPSK31, JT65A, JT9, MFSK16, OLIVIA and RTTY. I also operate traditional AM and SSB mode operation. I operate on 160-2 meters.

As far as radio equipment the current rigs are an Icom IC-7600 with the v2 firmware and the IC-7410 with the 6 kHz and 3 kHz roofing filters. I've been an Icom man for 13 years and really like their products. The amplifier is an Ameritron AL-80B. 

I have four antennas three of which are up in my oak trees.

Antenna #1 is a home brewed 130 ft long inverted L with a 60 foot vertical section over twenty six 64 foot long radials. It is fed with 94 feet of RG-213U coax. I also use an 8 foot in diameter coaxial receive loop on 160 meters. I'm a 160 meter aficionado and I've been on the band since 1989. I currently have 157 DXCC entities confirmed on the band.

Antenna #2 is a home brewed 137’ 6” foot long off center fed dipole similar to a Windom and is in an inverted V configuration up 40 feet and fed with 50 feet of RG-213U coax. The long leg is 110’ and the short segment is 27' 6". It uses a 20% offset instead of the more common 33%. At 20% the feed point impedance is approximately 200 ohms which is a good match to the 50 ohm RG-213U using a 4:1 BALUN. It self resonates with a low VSWR on parts of the 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, 12 10 and 6 meter bands. On 17 meters I have to use a different antenna. At the feed point is a Balun Designs dual core 4115OCF 4:1 BALUN and then a coaxial choke made of 18 feet of RG-213U on a 4 inch diameter form, to keep the feed line from radiating.

Antenna #3 is an 80/40/15 meter fan dipole up at 40 feet and fed with 50 feet of RG-213U coax. The 80 meter element is 124 feet long, the 40 meter element is 65' 4" long and the 15 meter element is 22' 2". The 80 meter element 2:1 VSWR covers 3826-3955 kHz, the 40 meter element 2:1 VSWR covers 7049-7372 kHz and the 15 meter element 2:1 VSWR covers 21.200-21.300 kHz. 

Antenna #4 is a 2 meter J-Pole up 25 feet on a push up pole and fed with 30 feet of LMR-400 coax.

I am an active QSL'er but I use ARRL LOTW and Club Log only. I don't use eQSL, QRZ or paper QSL cards and therefore not any bureau either. 

Previous callsigns are as follows. Novice in 1989 as KC4ONQ, Technician & General in 1990 as N4YPV, Advanced in 1990 as KN4LF, Advanced in 1993 as KN6YO, Advanced in 1994 as KG0NY, Advanced in 1998 as KU4QV, Advanced in 1999 as KN4LF vanity, Extra in 2008 as KN4LF vanity, Extra in 2009 as NZ4O vanity. Extra in 2013 as W4HM vanity. No more callsign changes!!!

I'm medically retired military, the U.S. Coast Guard. I actually served between 1976 and 1988. In 1987 I was a candidate for OCS but ultimately service connected medical issues that reared their ugly head ultimately made me ineligible as an officer or enlisted person and ultimately I left on a medical retirement. In the military amongst many other things I worked in radio communications, as well as terrestrial level aviation and marine weather forecasting/pilot briefings and physical oceanographic research.

In 1988 I also worked in solar, space and terrestrial level weather forecasting for some private weather forecasting companies, other federal government civilian entities and in my private consulting business. I have a total of 31 years of experience in "for profit" and "not for profit" solar, space and geomagnetic weather forecasting as well as terrestrial weather forecasting. I retired from "for profit" solar, space and geomagnetic weather forecasting  as well as terrestrial weather forecasting in 2004.

However I still produce a (13 years now) daily "not for profit" Florida region daily terrestrial weather observation, discussion and forecast and a "not for profit" daily solar, space, and geomagnetic weather observation, discussion and HF radio wave propagation forecast. They can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thomasfranklingiellaw4hm and on my HF radio wave propagation forecast web page and email group at http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/spaceweather .

I'm also an active SWL going back to 1965. I regulary DX and listen to programming on the LF, MF and SW bands. I also do some utility station DXing. I currently belong to the Medium Wave Circle, a MF club based in Great Britain. Their web page is http://www.mwcircle.org and I highly recommend the club. There is no fighting and intrigue going on in it like in most of the state side clubs.

Another hobby of mine beginning in 1987 is music. I write country, blues and Christian songs and play both acoustic and electric guitar at an amateur level. I've been mainly a Fender guy with the Telecaster a long time favorite. My current Fender Telecaster is an American Special and blue in color. But recently I bought an Epiphone Casino Coupe hollow body with Gibson P-90 pickups and am having allot of fun with it. It's the one that George Harrison and John Lennon used while in the Beatles. It's a beautiful guitar with a vintage sunburst finish. As far as amplifiers I have two Fender Mustang 2 solid state modeling types, with the 12" speaker.

Last but not the least I'm a born again Christian having accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior on April 1, 2004, no joke. As a Christian I am not perfect but am simply forgiven. As a fallible human being I still do sin (but less) and when I do I ask for forgiveness, receive it via the grace of God and move forward.

 

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