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QSL: SK Feb. 21, 2017

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Pictured is my Real Estate Office and Ham Shack..

My primary station is the Flex 6300, AL-80B Amp with LDG AT-1000ProII Antenna Tuner. The secondary is a Kenwood TS-590S, AL-811HD and Dentron MT-3000A. The two wattmeters look at the output of the Flex and output of the Amp. Two digital rotator controllers operate the Mosley Pro 67B and 2 band Hex Beam. The antenna direction functions and antenna selection is done through PstRotator software. 7 antennas can be selected including the Pro 67B (10, 12, 15, 17, 20, & 40M), Hex (20/15M), Inverted Vee 1 (10, 12 & 17M), Inverted Vee 2 (20, 30 & 40M), Dipole (80M), 43' Vertical and OCF Dipole (80 & 160M).

I have two shacks. The Real Estate Office/Shack is an 18 x 12 structure that got a 12 x 12 screened porch area. My second shack is in our very small, but very efficient "green" home. With a mere 760 square feet, I needed something compact and neat. I operate the Flex 6300, Amp and all of the antennas from here. I can also run my KX3 from this location through a coax link from the house to the shack. It's only appropriate that W9AKX should have a KX3.

I was licensed in 1953 as WN9AKX and lived in Chicago and within the year upgraded from novice to general. I became involved in broadcasting at 16 and worked in the profession until 1999 in all capacities from announcer/engineer through station owner. During that time I had only limited time to enjoy ham radio, but always kept abreast. From 1999 until my retirement in 2008, I worked as an instructor for FlightSafety and CAE Simuflite in the Citation X. (I have been a pilot since age 17). My wife, Betsy (KM4CUE), also a former broadcaster and writer live atop a beautiful 135' ASL sandhill in a very "green" and modest home with 1-1/4 acres to build antenna systems that I dreamed of during my entire hustle-bustle life.

 

My wife, Betsy, KM4CUE

1- 1953 1st Station; 2 -  My first announcing job at WNWC, Arlington Hts, IL; 3 - MDA Telethon at WTOG-TV, Tampa; 4 -  Citation X that I flew and taught.

I had a great thrill when I became enrolled into the CWops as member #1275. This is a great organization expanding one of the truly great arts, CW.

The neatest part of ham radio is that you'll never get bored with new things to build, repair, try and explore. It's a lot easier, though, when you're retired!

 

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