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While mostly a CW op, I do enjoy a bit of phone contesting, and usually I'm running 100 watts to all-band wire antennas fed with balanced feedlines and link-coupled tuners.  My current antenna is an 88-ft doublet with a Z-match tuner.

88-ft doublet  Z-match

I do a little portable QRP portable operation, including occasional SOTA (Summits On The Air) activations.

My main rig is a borrowed Kenwood TS-120S.  Its small size suits my bedroom-closet shack. The Shack For QRP/portable operation, I have a YouKits HB1B. On my basement workbench, I also have a set of Drake 4-line twins in which I sometimes manage to correct an age-related defect (there are several still to conquer, however). I've owned these since the 70's, and I hope they'll be my primary rig again one of these days.

First licensed 1970, in Georgia, as WN4SPB [thanks to Barney, K4MQM], I spent a lot of time in NTS nets and contesting during my first 15 years as a ham.

Then, like many others, I took a long hiatus from the hobby during my working and child-rearing years, but I maintained my license. We relocated from 4-land to the Pacific Northwest in 1999, where I became a (not very active) member of the Radio Club of Tacoma. Finally, in 2011, I put a home station back together, and I've been very active since then. I enjoy ragchewing, contesting, mountain-topping, SOTA chasing (made "Shack Sloth" in 2017), DX, SKCC, and encouraging CW operation generally. And RCT (W7DK, a century-old club with its own, permanent facility) offers no end of activities: I'm involved with educational presentations, the club library, the boat-anchor museum (W7OS), social and operating events, in-house IT and the website.

I also enjoy playing fingerstyle guitar.

73, Randy WB4SPB

Charter member: GA CW Association
Member: Radio Club of Tacoma

Member: Pacific Amateur Radio Guild
SKCC: 8169C
NAQCC: 6498

Sasquatch: 918


One of my favorite ham radio activities is Straight Key Night at W7OS, the Radio Club of Tacoma's Antique Radio Museum station.  For several years, the main W7OS radio set has consisted of a Heathkit Apache and a Collins 75A4, but we're always in the process of restoring yet another old radio (an Eldico SSB-100F took over for the Apache on SKN 2018).  In the background of this picture, you can see the power deck (with mercury-vapor rectifiers) of a member-built 2x807 CW transmitter for 40M and 20M that was paired with a Heathkit VFO and Hammarlund HQ-120 receiver on this particular SKN.


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