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I have been licensed since 1963 (WN8JXM novice call). Upgraded that year to General (WA8JXM) and Extra in 1967.

I retired in 2001 and we bought a farm and have horses. My wife and I enjoy camping and the outdoors.  

I operate mostly digital and CW, I prefer to rag chew.  I prefer the lower bands, 160/80/40/30.  

Lately I've been operating mostly 40 CW and a little SSB.    Current rigs are an Elecraft K3 and a Flex 6300.   I love the panadapter display on the Flex but I otherwise prefer the Elecraft K3 for operating.   I added the panadapter to the K3 but the Flex panadapter is definitely better.    Both rigs share an Elecraft KAT500 turner, a really great tuner, by far the best tuner I have ever used. I also have a Palstar AT2K manual antenna tuner for some antennas at high power.   A Heathkit SB-1000 amplifier  gets occasional use when needed.

Current antennas include inverted Vees for 160/80 and 40/30, an 80m half wave end fed Zepp, a 200ft dipole fed with ladderline. a 160m inverted L,  and a 35ft vertical.  The 200 ft dipole works on everything from 160 to 6m with the Elecraft tuner.

I like to experiment with trying out different antennas and I finally have a place to do it. I have a 56' tower and a half dozen 35-40' utility poles and black locust poles.  I often use WSPR mode for comparing multiple antennas.

 

 

Perhaps this is why they no longer call this "wireless"?

 

 

 

Recently I drug the old Viking II and Drake R-4a out of the basement to see if I could get it on for SKN.   It's probably been 40 years since the Viking was fired up.   I put it on a Variac and brought it up to full voltage over a couple of days.   It still works!  I needed a new 5R4 rectifier but it's been on the air and made some contacts.   I bought the Viking II shortly after I passed my General exam in 1963.  The R-4A was bought new a couple of years later, it's a one owner model.   The bug in the picture was given to me, it's a WWII Army contract Vibroplex (J-36).   

One of the great things about the Viking is that it will load just about any antenna.  The only thing it ever failed to load was a 3' fishing pole on 2 MHz.  The downside is that it is a heavy beast to carry up from the basement, it weighs over 70#.   

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