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I've been licensed in the hobby since 1982 originally with the callsign of KA8RGY, then after upgrading to technician that same year was assigned the call N8EVJ. After earning the general ticket a few months later, I maintained that call for the next 21 years until late summer of 2004 when I changed it to W8BBM.

I primarily operate CW but enjoy some DX on SSB as well. I started out in the hobby as not liking CW but quickly discovered it to be the best DX mode we have. Now, a product of that realization is a strong liking of QRP and QRPp. I have built numerous kits and spend half of my on-air time operating QRP. There is nothing like working weak signal DX late at night in the CW portion of the band when the voice portion has been dead for hours. Recently, I have rediscovered my interest into AM and in particular 160 meter AM although I don't I will be getting my BC-1G on the air anytime soon.

Pictured is my home shack which my father, myself and son built in 2004. We affectionately call it the Nikola Tesla Radio Club. Although only a portion of the shack is visible in this picture, you can get a general idea of the layout and separate station areas that are part of that layout. The shack consists of three main operating positions CW/SSB, AM and QRP CW. The current equipment consists of Icom 756 PRO III, FT1000MP, FT-980, FT-840, IC-706, Gates BC-1G, Drake T4X, R4A, HW-9A, OHR100-20, OHR100-40, and FT-817.

I also have an interest in restoring old general coverage receivers and using them actively for SWLing while working at the bench. Some of them are (2)R-390A, R-388, SP-600, SX-42, SX-43, SX-100, SX-122, HQ-140ax and HQ-145A.

I am blessed and enjoy operating a great deal from my cottage on the shores of Lake Huron in Port Hope, Michigan. Being from suburban metro Detroit, I can't tell you how refreshing it is to turn the HF rig on up there and find a noise level of S1 and know that I don't need to check that the antenna is plugged in. The little village has a population of 283 but that's the nice part. Nothing quite like breakfast, fishing and radio at the cottage!

I look forward to someday working you on the air.

God Bless All and 73/72,


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