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VHF/UHF (50-1296MHz) SSB/CW from FM09jo, Garrett County, Maryland.  I also operate on all HF bands.  Skeds are welcome.  

My introduction to Ham Radio was in my high school electronics class taught by Harry Miller, K3NZN - SK, who also tested me for my Novice license in 1965.  The Antietam Radio Association (Hagerstown, MD) further introduced me to the hobby with their Field Day operations in which I took part even before I received my license.  

I got hooked on VHF when I had my Novice license with 2m AM using a Heathkit Twoer.  After finding the usefulness of cw on VHF, I added a rx converter to an HF rx.  The next several years saw various combinations of HF rigs and transverters and more bands added.  My HF transceiver and VHF IF was a Signal/One CX-7 for many years; I learned a lot fixing and modifying that radio-hi.  My VHF rig is now an FT-736R with brick amps into the antennas in the photo.  The last band added was 6m which is accomplished with an IC-751A and a Ten-Tec transverter plus a brick amp.  I try to get into at least the June and September VHF contests as SOLP; in January my antennas are quite frequently iced up or the nearby power lines are creating intolerable interference if it's snowing.

On HF I usually run the IC-751A barefoot; however, I have an old heavily modified Gonset GSB-101 amp (4x811As) if I really need it.  Antennas are 160, 80 and 40m inverted vees and a Mosley TA33 Tribander.  A full half-wave 160m inverted vee was added October 2017 for much improved performance on that band.  The 80m inverted vee seems to work quite well on the WARC bands.

I operated VHF contests for many years with the K3LNZ group from Spring Gap Mountain, WV.  That was a great operation in that the antennas stayed there and all we had to do was bring in the radios (and sometimes have to pick up all the aluminum off the ground after a harsh winter - hi).  One spring we found the 2m Yagi hanging by its coax after a gusset plate failure due to a spectacular stress fracture.  Guy, W4PSJ - now SK - owned the site and that operation came to an end after his passing.  Lots of fun times on that mountaintop.

My present location is in Western Maryland at ~2750 feet (840m) AMSL. The tall tower is 25m; the short one is 12m.  Skeds are welcome most any day of the week.  Please send me an email; we can use the ON4KST chat board for final VHF QSO coordination.  Field Day finds me on HF, usually 40 and 80m cw with the local Garrett County ARES group.  I also dabble in some of the other HF contests and just enjoy general ragchewing on any frequency.  The most recent addition to the station is PSK-31. 

Have fun and Listen for the Weak Ones (in memory of W3IY-SK).

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