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I retired in April 2015, and am now fortunate to enjoy retirement with my wife Jennifer.

I'm a newly (re)licensed ham, having held a Novice ticket in 1964/65 (WNØKLG).  My Elmers were Dick and Don Short (KØQVM and KØQVN). I operated on 40 meters using first a scratch-built 25-watt and then a Globe Chief 90w transmitter through a homemade dipole.  Loved it at the time, but school, sports and girls (the order there may be wrong) started to get in the way so amateur radio went by the wayside until now.

Not really sure what rekindled the interest (maybe retirement and winters in Nebraska?) but passed my Technician exam on 2/4/2016 and my General on 3/3/2016, and got on the air with the help of several local hams (John KRØP and Dale KDØWVD in particular) in the local club. I was issued the call KEØHMN but changed to the vanity call NØTTE. I upgraded to Amateur Extra in January of 2017, and received the vanity call W9LG.

My initial station was an Icom IC-718 into a 66' 40/20 end fed dipole (the proverbial 100 watts and a wire).  So far it has escaped notice by the HOA convenants/restrictions squad.  My first time on the air with this setup resulted in contacts from the Azores, Finland and Aruba during the DX weekend contest; quite a thrill to be heard in the pileup and get a good report in spite of the modest setup. Since then I've added a 272' 80m full wave horizontal loop, an Ameritron ALS-600 amp and an Apache-Labs Anan-200D SDR. I work HF primarily on SSB, some digital, and am re-learning code.  I really enjoyed chasing parks in the National Parks on the Air program and ended up with 14 activations and 424 parks confirmed after starting in March. I'm currently serving on the board of directors of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club.

Here's a picture of my current shack and rig:

I ran across an old blurry family movie of my shack in 1964 with my WRL Globe Chief 90a xmtr (WRL and Leo were nearby in Council Bluffs, IA), Drake 2A rcvr, and my homebuilt 25w xmtr to the right of the Drake; here's a couple screen grabs operating CW as WNØKLG (Go Big Red):

My QSL cards from 1964/65 as WNØKLG. If you received one I'd love to hear from you.

The scan of the 2nd card just doesn't do justice to the "pearl" finish.

Thanks for looking, and 73.

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