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I'm a old ham, retired and taking it easy. Took the Technician exam in Sept '07, the General in October, and the Extra in February of 2008. Applied for a vanity callsign so that I could use my initials (JNH) even though I go by my middle name (Neal).  I use QRZ's Logbook to log my contacts. I also use LotW and QSL cards for confirmations.

My station consists of an Icom IC-7000 as my HF/VHF/UHF rig running 100 watts into an 'old' Mosley CL-33 tribander.  I also use an off-center-fed all-band dipole for 80 - 10 meters and a Diamond UHF/VHF vertical for local, club, and ARES work. 

Last year, 2016, I continued my work with fellow club members (HCARC.org) in contests, Field Day, and fox hunting along with volunteering with the Highlands County ARES.  Each Friday, many of the club's members meet for breakfast at Dot's Cafe in the Sebring Square Shopping Center to discuss radios and accessories along with the weather and other miscellaneous topics.

For those interested in local restrictions of amateur radio towers, I was a member of a local group in Cleveland County, NC that got the county commissioners to approve a "NO RESTRICTION ORDINANCE" in accordance with NC General Statutes.  If it is less than 90', no permit is required from the county.  The commissioners realized that their proposed ordinance did not allow for tempoary antenna erections for supporting the annual Boy Scout's JOTA and the ARRL's Field Day operations.  They thought that all amateur radio antenna towers required concrete and were permanent structures.  Any pole/post with a antenna on top was a tower regulated by their regulation.  Luckily, we were able to persuade them to adopt NC's less-than 90' statue.

UPDATE - June '16:  I've relocated to Sebring, FL.  I've been busy renovating our home since Christmas.  Laid the kitchen floor tile last week.  That was the last of the major renovations.  Now, I can get started on clearing out the flower bed where my 50' tower with Yagi tri-bander will reside.  I brought it with me when I moved from Shelby, NC last year. 

UPDATE:  July '16:  40' tower is now installed with a Mosley CL-33 tribander.  Making contacts into Europe again.   I decided that 50' was too much - stayed with 40'.  That height clears the power lines and is high enough for 20 meters which is my main band. 

UPDATE:  January 2017:  Enjoyed National Parks on the Air with better than 100 contacts in the last 4 months.  Make over 20 contacts on the last day.  I need to raise my Buckmaster OCFD so I can use 40 and 80 meters.  At present, I am limited to 20 meters unless 15 and 10 meters comes alive. 

UPDATE:  June 2017:  Rainy season is here.  Rain every day usually mid-afternoon.  Hard to get any work done outside without paying attention to the weather report.  Hurricane season started June 1st.  I need to work on revising my go-box radio and emergency kits.  VHF/UHF antenna has been relocated to a tilting mast for storms and other high wind events.  Remove one bolt and the mast can be lowered by a small winch to the ground.  Now, both the HF and VHF/UHF antennas are hurricane proofed.  For Field Day, I'll be giving a class on making emergency 2 meter antennas from coax and 300 & 450 ohm twin lead cable along with displaying some of my homemade 2 meter antennas.

Thank you for visiting my QRZ page.



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