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I go by the first name "Bill"

My QTH is Huntsville, AL - Owens Cross Roads is just a postal address.    

First licensed in 1966 while serving in Vietnam as a radio operator in 5th Special Forces Group. Many folks here have a nice picture of themselves as a youngster showing their first rig as a novice. My commo chief in Vietnam encouraged us to get our Ham Radio license as we were more than qualified as we all could send and receive CW at 20 WPM or more! The technical knowledge was no problem as we had gone through almost a year of technical schooling before being certified for Special Forces training. The picture below was taken in 1966, 5th Special Forces Group, Vietnam. I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry in 1967 and completed a 30 year Army career.

As the years went by I eventually received my Extra class license. I operate mainly CW. Recently returned to ham radio (June 2013) after 20 years off the air.

Rig here is the Elecraft K3 along with a Elecraft KX3 QRP rig.

My station! The Elecraft K3 on the left - I use as my 100 watt rig for general RagChewing. On the right is my Elecraft KX3 QRP rig. I was never interested in QRP operation early in my ham days but now find it to be a major interest and mode in my return to ham radio! It is just fun! I can switch between rigs and antennas using a two position coax switch for selecting the rig and then choosing the antenna from the Delta-4 Antenna switch.

Here is a quick video of my shack - My operating position allows me access to my main Mac Computer as well as easy reach to the Elecraft K3 and KX3 rigs.


Click this link to go to my YouTube Videos: https://youtu.be/AxXrULCk68k


My main Paddle is the Scheunemann Morse Dirigent ProFi 2.  The Straight key is Begali Blade.


The center  picture is a new addition to my collection. The paddle is a single lever ZN-SL paddle made by “Tony” at the following website: http://www.n3znkeys.com/p/13/zn-sl

The ZN-SL Paddle is a precision instrument hand made by “Tony” at the N3ZN Keys Company. Some of it’s precision features are:

  • All stainless steel screws
  • Large 10-56 adjustment screws for both magnetic return and contact points 
  • Ball bearing lever return-3 ball bearings per lever arm
  • Magnet lever return individually adjustable
  • Lightweight aluminum 6061-T6 levers for QRQ operation
  • silver contacts 

I made a short video demonstrating the paddle, click this link: https://youtu.be/A1M26a4GnUA

The Begali Blade is by far the best straight key I have ever used!  See it in action on Youtube link below:


Below is the Spark, a Begali straight key I use with the KX3 during SKCC QSOs. To the right is the Begali Blade.






Elecraft K3


KX3 Rig with Amplifier and PX3 Panadapter 



Moving to Huntsville, Al and building in a restricted community brought a challenge for an effective antenna. I needed a simple wire, difficult to see from the street, and able to work all bands.


 Looking at a number of options for a simple wire antenna I found a new End Fed antenna that is very convenient  to put up in the Home Owners Association (HOA) restrictive environment.  The wire comes from a company called "Myantennas.com."


This antenna can be put up in many configurations, such as inverted Vee, slopper, extended L, horizontal, or just about any configuration needed to fit your situation.  This is particularly helpful for those living in the restrictive HOA communities. For me, the end fed design made hiding a stealth antenna much easer than the typical center fed antenna! 


The end fed, all band, low SWR antenna comes from the company, 

myantennas.com - click the link - http://myantennas.com


EFHW-8010 Multi-Band End Fed Half Wave Antenna    End Fed box with ground wire and coax     130 foot wire ends in pine tree at 70 feet




This is an End-Fed Half-Wave (EFHW*) antenna for 80/40/30/20/17/15/12 and 10m bands. It is resonant Half wave on 80m (3.5MHz) therefore also resonant on second, third and fourth harmonics etc.  Due High Impedance feed point, the antenna is less height dependent. You can put it up at 10 or 50 feet in the air without much change in VSWR values.


Click the link for the antenna technical details - http://myantennas.com/wp/product/efhw-8010/


  • NO TUNER needed!
  • NO counterpoise needed! (Grounding recommended*)
  • Frequency coverage: 3.5-30MHz
  • Resonant on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10m
  • Wire length ~130 feet
  • Power Handling: 1kW I.C.A.S
  • Stainless Steel hardware
  • Stealth Marine #18 AWG black wire
  • Connector: Silver/Teflon SO-239


For a detailed technical explanation of how this antenna works, go to this link



Following is the SWR values I found measuring the SWR on my installation.


Frequency          SWR

28.050                1.4:1

24.940                1.2:1

24.910                1.1:1

21.225                1.2:1

21.050                1.1:1

18.110                1.7:1

18.080                1.7:1

14.175                1.2:1

14.050                1.1:1

10.125                2.4:1

10.120                2.4:1

7.150                  1.2:1

7.055                  1.3:1

3.650                  1.2:1            

3.550                  1.1:1


Click the link to a short video showing the installation of the new end feed wire:




My age is 76 years old. Retired from the Army, LTC (05) with 30 years service. Now living in Huntsville, AL. Other interests are, bike riding and kayaking.  Muzzle Loading, Black Powder Shooting.



I would like to recognize and give special thanks to the hundreds of SKCC members who helped me achieve the Awards I have listed below.


SKCC NR 12183S  (Senator  #144)  (Senator x 2   #57)  (Senator x 3  #17)

SKCC WAS (#311)   SKCC WAS-C (#118)   SKCC WAS-T (#8)     SKCC Canadian Maple Leaf (#16)     SKCC PFX x 7

SKCC DXC (#152)      SKCC QRPx2 (#43)    SKCC Rag Chew Award (#29)

My favorite straight key for SKCC QSOs - WW2 Navy Flameproof key




QSL Policy - I am happy to QSL via a paper post card if you seriously need my QTH for a specific award or challenge! A SASE would be much appreciated for my return card!

My dog, Savannah. She is a 13 year old Shihtzu and loves sleeping in my shack! 



Bill WB4DBO  

Email:  willishaycock@comcast.net

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WB6BEE 2017-11-13 40m CW DM67me United States Donald C Haywood
NJ8D 2017-11-12 40m CW EN72ne United States THOMAS L STEWART
W9CTB 2017-11-12 40m CW EM78ai United States JERRY L KITTERMAN
K4HPP 2017-11-12 40m CW EM55cb United States JAMES T GANDY
N4YG 2017-11-09 40m CW EM64rq United States JOSEPH R LUNSFORD
KA1FSX 2017-11-08 40m CW FN21BT49 United States KARL H KNAPP
AA4MC 2017-11-07 30m CW FM18ju United States MICHAEL W CRAVEN
W3BKR 2017-11-07 40m CW EM84RT51 United States FRED H THOMSON
KI4PS 2017-11-07 40m CW FM16rw United States JERRY C ROGERS
AF4YF 2017-11-04 40m CW EM96vr United States William I Andrus
N5IR 2017-10-31 40m CW EM13jh United States BILL B BILLINGSLEY
K9LWA 2017-10-31 80m CW EM79NT29 United States Robert E White
K2HYD 2017-10-30 40m CW FM08mj United States Raymond F Albers 828
WB3AAI 2017-10-29 40m CW FN00VT24 United States LOUIS D TRUBIANI JR
K4UX 2017-10-29 40m CW FM16un United States Albert P Bianchi

Book Totals: 9185 qso's   2493 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#824
Granted: 2016-07-19 16:35:02   (WB4DBO)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#2049
Granted: 2015-02-04 18:15:12   (WB4DBO)

Grid Squared Award#1769
Granted: 2015-02-01 19:53:38   (WB4DBO)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Award#461
Granted: 2015-01-30 17:19:57   (WB4DBO)

  • Mixed CW
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