Thank you for taking the time to look me up and reading this.
I just changed my call sign from KM4JDT to WB4OZM( my old Novice call sign in NJ back in 1977 was WB2OZM and I was able to get it!)
Reveived my Tech and General on 03-24-2015
Earned my Extra 12-12-2015
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey(Park Ridge) and as a teenager I got interested in SWL when my Dad purchase an old Hallicrafters S-76(with the HUGE S meter) I climbed my tall pine trees, installed a end feed 65' antenna with a pulley and old window weight, and I was hooked listening to all the ham, SW stations and other weird noise.( Remember, no internet back then, all books or mags for info) I became interested in CB radio as a means of two way communications and received my call sign( KFL-0977) and worked the 11 meter band for a couple of years. My Dad was not at all too pleased when I installed on the roof a Moon Raker Quad antenna that I worked hard saving up with my lawn mowing monies. Soon, the 11 meter band got so unrulely, I had to leave it behind. Which made me focus on getting my Novice ticket with the help of an Elmer in 1977. I went to the FCC office and passed my 5 words CW and the test(which if I remember correctly, had more electrical diagrams that I had to hand draw than my General test I just took, just saying)
I am a Chef turned Remodeler and have been a business owner for 18 years.
I got plenty of hands on experience with my Dad remodeling old Victorian homes. I am an Avid cyclist, cook, traveler and outdoors lover. I really love great coffee and collect different coffee makers, grind and sometimes roast my own beans. I also have a nice collection of 1930-50's art deco table top radios.I have called Atlanta home for over 36 years.
Antenna's: I have an old GR5V (92') antenna up 60' that was donated to me when I first started from a silent key. I use an inverted "L" 80' vertical and 85' horizontal with a tuning network for 160 (Top Band, love it) Using Bury Flex 50 ohm coax to the shack.
Beverage antenna that runs 580' NW(only 10' is on my property as the rest is in between my neighbors property line that backs up to a wooded area)
Horiziontal Loop (Sky loop) 160-10 meters. 700'( full wave and a 1/4), 85' high(avg) with true open ladder line (600 ohm) It took a bit to get up(kicked my butt!) but it's worth it. Tunes nicely and hears very well.
NEW: Force 12 C-3E Tri-bander 20-17-15-12-10 meters. Rohn 40' tower.
RIGS: In my collection; IC-7851 , IC-756PROIII , IC-706MKIIG,Between keeping the YL happy, working out, cooking I'm excited to find time to be a Ham. I'm trying to see what my interests will be. QRP/DX/Rag Chewing? Only time will tell. I have a TenTec Centurion that is in excellent shape both physically and electrically. I am the second owner and it came with the orginal shipping boxes and boxes for the 3-500z!
I have found a love for chasing DX...
I still do the old fashion QSL by mail if you would like. ***PLEASE SCROLL DOWN ALL THE WAY as I have many fun photos***
Me and my Dog Calypso( she is 12 years old)
My other dog Jazz. Golden Doodle
Smelling the flowers
Myself tuning with my brother John in my fathers shed listening to a shortwave radio. You can see the coils I had to plug in to get different bands and notice the fancy speaker! This is a Knight Ocean Hopper. Wish I still had this.
My old hand drawn QSL card when I was a Novice back in 1977. Found it on ebay. I have a great story to tell about this card. Please ask.
My love of baking! This is a Challah with different types of raisins
My double apple, raisin pie(crust made from scratch) rains are the jumbo tri color. So yummy with a fine cup of coffee!
My 1957 Vacuum coffee maker
My French Press that I use daily and my 1950 O'Keeffe and Merritt Range,, What a work horse . Everything works on this gas range and is better than most newer ranges of today.
My dog Calypso napping on one of my wife's stuffed animals in our sunroom that I built
My 3" copper flashing Hard Soldered to a 8' copper rod below grade. 5 rods spaced 12' apart
and connected to the service panel(One common ground)
My Copper Bus Bar with Poly Phase lighting. This is my first attempt at this "home brew" box I made. I now know the errors and will correct them next time. For now it's just anesthetics right now as it works like a charm.The top 3" copper flashing goes to the Ameritron antenna switch and the one below goes into the shack and I made a 3" bus bar that has 1" braided tin copper strapping to each piece of equipment(except the power supply)As you can see I'm still building this as I took the picture for a Ham that requested it. I'll take another after completion.
3" copper flashing going into the ground to the perpendicular 3" copper flashing with 8' copper ground rods sunk below grade
My Terminated Folded Dipole(122' long) 60' in the air. Nice photo on a early spring morning where the sunshine caught
6 meter beam on a mini tower on my new roof. Looking through my sunroom transom window.
the wires and insulators.
My inverted L for 160 coil. You can see the insulator and the stake for the #10 wire. The copper plate is what I soldered my radials too. I will enclose it in a water proof box soon.
O.K. Update, My 160 tuning network with a static discharge coil. Perfect 1.01:1 match! I'll clean up the connection and coil in the fall. To darn hot in the summer here in Atlanta.
Vertical wire going up, up , up into the tree 80' for my inverted L on 160m
The horizontal part of my inverted L for 160.. 110' pine. It's the wire at 12:30 o'clock, the other wire in the upper right corner is for SWL which is down now.
Below is my Bev ant with the transformer side. 4' 3/4" copper pipe for ground.
O.K. People. The beginning of the TOWER ERECTION!
First of the re-bar!
Cement being poured and the second tier of re-bar being installed.
Finishing the cement off. Will be beautiful.
Force 12-C3E going up!
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