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I've always been thrilled to be able to enjoy all aspects of this great hobby. Previous callsigns I have used include WN2IYN, WB2QRP, and WB2QYZ (all from my childhood home in upstate New York). My current QTH is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland, about 65 miles south of Washington, D.C.

After years of using the 'classics' (Hammarlund, E.F. Johnson, Collins, etc.), I decided to splurge in January 2009 and purchased my first solid state HF radio, a new Ten-Tec OMNI VII transceiver. Matched up with a Tigertronics SignaLink USB interface and Ham Radio Deluxe software, I was enjoying exploring the HF digital modes with QRP power levels until my tower took a direct lightning strike in September 2011 and blew the Ten-Tec to smithereens! I am back on the air with another new replacement OMNI VII transceiver that I purchased in February 2014. I also have an ICOM IC-7000 as a backup HF rig so life is good again!

I hope to work you soon on the bands. Primary bands and modes I use are 75 meter SSB and CW, 40 meter SSB, 20 meter SSB and PSK31 on 14.070.  I also monitor the local club-owned 146.64 MHz 2-meter repeater plus my 443.05 MHz UHF repeater. Finally, I operate a local D-STAR hotspot on 145.60 MHz that has about a 10-mile coverage area to a mobile radio. The hotspot is normally connected to the Maryland state-wide reflector (REF062C) but can be remotely reset to any other reflector or D-STAR repeater in the system using common commands.

Take a look at my [ web site ] if you want to see all the other ham radio-related things I have been doing over the years. If it involved packet radio bulletin boards, VHF/UHF repeaters, IRLP links, collecting old radios, doing tower work, etc., I've done it. I still want to get back on 160 meters, do some satellite communications and ATV and other fun activities on my bucket list. I retired in February 2014 from my full-time job after 45+years so I now have more free time to play!

I was the President of the local ham club (St. Mary's County Amateur Radio Association) for many years. Luckily, we finally had elections in January 2012 and others decided to step up and give me a break! Here is a [ link ] to our club web site on the Internet.

I QSL 100% (real cards preferred - just send me a card at the address above - but will use eQSLor the bureau if you wish).

See you on the air...


Here are some additional pictures of the station:

(View of main station configuration)


(Primary HF transceiver is a Ten Tec OMNI VII (center) and secondary transceiver is an ICOM IC-7000) - the


(Racks to the right of the operating desk are the 443.05 Mz UHF repeater system and remote bases) - the


(Partial view of some of the 'boat anchor' Hammarlund receivers I like to collect) - the


(more 'boat anchor' ham radio items in the collection - all of these items still work perfectly)

There are many more radios in the collection... I'll get pictures posted soon.

Updated: 16 July 2017

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