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Please NOTE:  It has become clear that someone is pirating my call.  It appears that most contacts are CW.  I work little CW at this time.  You might want to email me to verify BEFORE sending QSL cards.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  I don't know how to stop it.


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All you really didn't need to know

I was originally licensed as KN2KJE in 1954 when 12 years old.  My original equipment consisted of a Heathkit AT-1 xmtr , an AR-2 rcvr  and an AC-1 antenna tuner .  The original antenna was a 126 ft long wire.  Later I added a VF-1 VFO .  The station  was used exclusively on 80 meter CW.

I successfully upgraded to General in May 1955 (K2KJE).  At that time I acquired a BC-348 miltary surplus rcvr  and a rack mounted home brew xmtr .

This boat anchor consisted of separate exciter, power supply and modulator modules.  A Vibroplex bug , 4-element 10 meter yagi and rotator completed the shack.  The sun spot cycle was approaching it's greatest peak ever and I was fortunate to make many international contacts with 50 watts on 10 meter AM and 20 meter CW. 

In 1961 while in college I added a Lafayette HE-50A 10 watt, 10 meter mobile rig to my 1956 Chevrolet . 

After college I married Billie (1963) and attended graduate school (5 years).  I entered the Army in 1968 and was radio-inactive while serving in Texas and VietNam .

  Upon becoming a civilian again in 1970 we spent a short time in New Jersey where I did some operating with the mobile rig and managed to get a Drake system on the air from the home QTH with some wire.  In 1972 we moved to Florida when one still had to change call signs to the area of residence and, as a result, became W4NNL. During six years, I did not operate due to the antenna restricted community (and a growing family). 

In the 1980s we had moved again, this time to Pennsylvania and I acquired a Kenwood TS-520S  at a hamfest and got back on the air using an attic loop antenna.

I upgraded to Advanced and Extra and obtained the vanity call of W5BR.  Also participated in ARES and picked up a Kenwood TH-25AT  which I was also able to use mobile in series with a RadioShack 2-meter linear  on my 45 minute commute to work.

After 10 ½ years we moved (again) to Connecticut (1990) and I was able to install a 10 meter yagi (3-el ) and a 20 meter dipole.   I got serious about DXCC at that time and, living in Connecticut, was able to drive my QSLs over to ARRL Headquarters to get checked out.  Also added a Kenwood TM-231 mobile rig  (later switched to a TM-261 in the car and put the 231 in the shack).  Three years later, it was on to California for a five year interlude and then back east to Virginia to be closer to family for our first grandchild (we now have nine)grandkids.  I was pretty active there with the same equipment until the 520 died and then went QRT for a period of time.  Now that we are “settled” in Pawleys Island, South Carolina,  our 9th state of residence, I've installed a Kenwood TS-590S and attic and other stealth antennas in our antenna restricted community. Due to the antenna limitations, I have invested in an Ameritron AL-811H linear and Palstar AT2KD tuner as an attempt to compensate (photos below).  So far I have made contacts on 70 cm, 2, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 40, 60 and 80 meters.  I’m hoping to add 6 m and 160 M to that.  I'm very happy to have increased my radio "activity" and, as a result, have re-established some old friendships along the way. I’ve begun to work on WAS for the fifth time and have one state to go (ND).  email me if you'd like to set up a sked.  I’m also trying to get to an endorsement for the basic DXCC award. Additional information about our family may be found at www.risacher.net.






My Station

The shack

Fortunately I've been able to install an outdoor off-center-fed dipole which I can use on 10-80 meters. It is strung so that it can be "easily" lowered out of sight as needed.  The horizontal portion at the feed point is about 14 meters above the ground level.  On the right is my 5 el attic mounted 2 meter Yagi. 

The antenna is supported between two tall pine trees which sway significantly in the coastal wind.  In order to compensate, I use a Vari-Ten wire antenna tensioner (www.antennatensioner.com)


A Recent trip (2014) to St. John, USVI as W5BR/KP2


We recently obtained a small travel trailer to spend some time mobile:

(Oh, by the way, that's Billie, W4NNL, my wife of more than 53 years)

Naturally we had to add an antenna:
RV antenna

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - W5BR
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K4MIA 2017-09-17 40m SSB EL96us United States MICHAEL N BALD
TM5N 2017-09-09 20m SSB France FRED DONATI
S57DX 2017-09-04 20m SSB JN75DX Slovenia SLAVKO CELARC
N4C 2017-08-21 40m SSB FM17qg United States Franklin Amateur Radio Club CO Howard Estes WB4GUD
N9ML 2017-07-31 40m SSB EN61sj United States BERNARD J SMALL
W1AW 2017-07-25 20m SSB FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
N9ML 2017-07-18 20m SSB EN61sj United States BERNARD J SMALL
PY7RL 2017-07-15 20m SSB HI22og Brazil Ricardo LyraLYRA
JN3QEG/3 2017-07-15 20m CW Japan
N9ML 2017-07-07 40m SSB EN61sj United States BERNARD J SMALL
K2I 2017-07-04 20m SSB United States 13 Colonies - New Jersey Special Event
K2B 2017-07-04 20m SSB United States Nick R Clevenger
K2F 2017-07-04 40m SSB United States 13 Colony Special Event - Maryland
K2M 2017-07-04 80m SSB FN22bc United States 13 Colonies PA special event station

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Granted: 2016-10-26 22:00:02   (W5BR)

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