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Welcome,

October 2017:

I am a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner in psychiatry. My wife is also a nurse and Ham, KB1ZZR. We are located in southeastern New England near Cape Cod. Our town is known for producing cranberries, with bogs making up most of the landscape, it is the home of Ocean Spray. We have a lot of wildlife down here, its quiet and peaceful. We are about 50 miles (80km) south of Boston, and about the same distance from Providence, RI, so we can head to the city easily.

I enjoy studying about electronics, mainly radios and antenna theory. I have listened to thousands of hours of podcasts about farming, homesteading and permaculture over the past few years as I spent a lot of time commuting for work and grad school. We have a flock of 17 Chickens and have three beehives which are kept naturally without treatments. Having the chickens roam over the lawn has improved the grass with their free fertilizer. Our raw honey is a big hit. Every year it takes on a different flavor and color, depending on what the bees find.

Most importantly, my wife and I welcomed our baby girl home back in July 2017. She enjoys looking at all the lights on the radios, and when I tune around HF or get to talking, she falls asleep, just like her mother when I invite her to the shack.

I am working on studying for my Extra class license using KE0OG's videos which are very helpful. I also am learning morse code using LCWO.net I feel like the extra is a lot to take in, I'm trying to learn it and not just study the questions.

I enjoy digital modes: PSK31, OLIVIA, and to a smaller degree FT8 and JT65. I enjoy SSB very much but my antenna is not installed high enough to get out during this dismal part of the solar cycle. Just a few years ago I was working DX from an indoor 10m dipole on FM 10m! How things have changed. A few years back I had a 11m vertical and my radio tuned it to 40m using a metal roof as a ground plane, I worked a lot of DX then, unfortunately I didn't log most of those contacts, I didn't realize I would get so into the hobby as time went on. Now I log everything with Log4OM.

On HF I have but one trusty radio: the Yaesu FT-890 with built in autotuner. It is connected to a rather lowly 40m dipole in an inverted V fashion.
I do have a Yaesu FT-2500M for 2m operation, and a handheld FT-530 dual band, kind of dated. I own three Baofengs which are nice because I don't care if they drop or get banged up, but after a year or two they all develop issues.

I used the solid brick of a radio: the Realistic (Radioshack) HTX - 202 during the 2013 Boston Marathon and had a stronger signal out than most brand new radios.

I have a lot of things on my ham wishlist but for now I'm getting by with what I have and enjoying the hobby.

 

Thanks for visiting!

73 Rich K1xRN


Some photos :

She loves looking outside, this was at only 2mts old. (photo by the YL)

Me and the baby, mid laugh. (taken by YL)


These are the girls (workers are female) posing for a photo:

Bees working hard

And some more of the girls, of the chicken variety:

Dew evaporating over a cranberry bog shortly after sunrise in the late summer.

Now for some older photos ...

Operating from Diamond Head Crater Hawaii in 2013 doing some VHF simplex:

My gear. Shot with Canon T3i with 50mm 1.8 Lens.

This photo is from Dartmouth, MA Gooseberry Island

 

The Wife and I. KB1ZZR

This is the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier:

 

Me with a New Bedford Fishing vessel:

 

Waikiki Beach at Night :

Westport, MA:

Sunset from Gooseberry Island Westport, MA:

All Photo's by K1XRN or KB1ZZR

 

 

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