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Where do I (did I) begin? Central California, as in Bakersfield. First licensed as a novice in December 1961as WV6VKJ at age 15. Then WA6VKJ until 2000, when the ARRL finally diminished the Extra CW requirement. So, I crammed and managed to pass the 20WPM CW requirement before it went away. W6EM, the old Bakersfield High School Electronics Club call became available in early 2000, so I bagged it, competing with some former high school grads, who are much older than me. The club went away in 1965.

We moved to Florida in 2000 from Fremont, CA and found the weather a tad too humid and hot for us. So, we emigrated north to Birmingham, Alabama in 2005 and have been here ever since. The Springs and Falls here are spectacular and were non existant in Florida or California. The deed restrictions and nosey homeowner "cops" snooping around our Florida home trying to find disguised antennas were unbearable.

Interests include wire antenna arrays, thanks to my friendly forest in back of the QTH. And, the challenge of running 10W into the wires from my Icom 703+. I have four underground runs of heliax from the shack, and use a home brew 10-way latching relay switch matrix in what looks like a small bird house on top of a post in the forest. Working on three-element colinear wire arrays for 20M and 40M, thanks to the magic of twin lead stubs, a Smith chart, and my trusty MFJ-259B.

I enjoy fiddling around in my shop. But, I have trouble keeping sawdust off of test gear.  I'm working on some power mosfet projects. Amazing devices. Useful from DC switching to RF without the losses of bipolar transistors to worry about. Have a few FAR Circuits projects semi complete, thanks to my old Silicon Valley collection of parts that has followed me around the Southeast and my CD Ham Radio Magazine archives. FAR has quite a collection. Constantly on the lookout
for parts and pieces at flea markets in Alabama and Georgia. Occsionally, at Hamcation in Florida. I've always been a parts junkie, and I miss not living in Silicon Valley anymore.

Equipment: TS-440SAT, TS-940SAT, 703+, FT-7, TM-241, FT-8900, and various Motorola HTs, mobiles, etc. My old Clipperton L amp is sitting in the closet collecting dust. Recently enjoyed restoring and modding a Chinese Army hand crank generator. A little effort, but charges gel cells decently and with the addition of a low dropout regulator, will power the 703+ directly at a comfortable rate. Of course, so would a decent solar panel during the day, but doesn't offer the benefit of ergonomic exercise.

73, and back to monitoring 40M








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