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First licensed in 1975. Worked 30 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, now self-employed as an audio / video producer.  Lived in Los Angeles, CA, for 10 years 1983/1993, used WB7AKE/6. Also operated in Dublin, Ireland, for about six months in 1978, as EI2VJV.

Ham interests include VHF hilltopping, HF Dxing, building antennas, key collecting. I try to get on contests whenever I can, mostly to work new countries. Have 116 confirmed, but haven't applied for DXCC yet. Like both SSB and CW, wish I was a better CW op. I switch off between a straight key and a keyer, and as a result I'm not very skilled with either. Occasionally dip into the digital modes, PSK31, JT65, etc, using a sound card.  Recently discovered FT8 and have been active in that mode, using a laptop and a homebrew interface.

Station is an ICOM 751-A going on thirty years old, and a Dentron amplifier I use very sparingly because the tubes are impossible to get. For six meters, I have a 25-watt Yaesu FT-690R and two similar Yaesu portables for 2m and 70cm. For hilltopping, I use the Yaesu FT-857-D mounted in my Ford Transit van. The mobile antenna for HF is Little Tarheel II screwdriver-type.

Recently moved QTH into a rental house and so had to give up my three-element Yagi. Making do now with one element turned on end and loaded as a vertical. Also have homebrew verticals for 17M and 40M. For lower bands, have a G5RV hung as an inverted vee with the apex in a tree limb at about 40 feet. Working on a dipole for 80M. Can't run the Dentron amp here, either — no 220 V wiring.

VHF-UHF capability right now is limited to a 6m squalo and a dual-band 2M-70CM horizontal loop at about 20 feet.

I collect keys and telegraph equipment in a small way. My best piece is in the photo at top — it's a key made by Partrick, Bunnell & Co. in Philadelphia about 1873.  The straight key I normally use on the air is a Bunnell made around 1910.  The RR telegrapher who used it mounted it on a piece of heavy black slate.

Below is the shack, which is in my bedroom. Pretty simple because it's a temporary location.  The plywood in the window serves both as an antenna lead pass-through and cat door!  That's Dash, the cat, at left.  He had a twin, Dot, who unfortunately tangled with a car and went SK.

Here's a closeup of the 1873 Partrick-Bunnell key:

 

And here's the "newer" key, a Bunnell made around 1910.  It's the one I use on the air:

 

 

 

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