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Since you're looking me up, it's a good chance that you just worked me. Thanks for the QSO!

Well, after 13 years, I figured it was time to change my shack photo!  I've been on something of a "roll your own" kick over the past couple of years, so the new picture shows my current (Spring, 2016) work in progress: an 80-10m (general coverage receiver) homebrew, superheterodyne CW/SSB transceiver of my own design, though I stole many ideas from people like N6QW, W7ZOI and VU2ESE, who are much smarter than I am.  The rig is working reliably and nearing completion, I hope to have it painted, labeled and installed in a proper enclosure within the next couple of months.  In the interim, I've been making dozens of QSOs using it just the way it is, haywire and all!

Other junk in the photo (clockwise from bottom left) : Old CDE Ham III controller, antenna switch controller, AEA "Morse Machine", Cheap speaker, Homebrew transceiver, AEA antenna tuner.  The microphone is a homebrew amplified electret installed in the housing from an old SBE CB mic.

This project is a bit of a departure from my "normal" activities because it doesn't use a single vaccuum tube, but I may address that by adding an outboard 6146 linear amplifier at some point down the road...

Another of my favorite activities is resurrecting equipment long given up for dead.  It makes no sense economically, but I find putting these radios back on the air after long periods of dormancy rewarding. 

Here's my previous shack pic, from right after I built it in 2003:

At that time, I was using two Icom IC-765s run under computer control with all antenna switching being fully automated based on the band selected by each radio.  It was very cool, and I did quite well in a number of contests between 2003 and 2008 running that set-up.

Antennas here consist of an old Mosley TA-33 at 45', Cushcraft D2W at 50', vertical for 40 and shunt feeds on the tower for 80/160.

I've recently started a web blog (n8nmsteve.blogspot.com) to share some of my electronic adventures (nightmares?) with those who may be interested. 

73/GL/DX de N8NM

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AA3JF 2016-05-16 80m SSB EM75WV30 United States Jamie Faucon
N0PUI 2016-05-01 80m SSB EN34bl United States JAY L WIELAND
KF7BA 2016-04-29 40m SSB DN28vi United States BRADLEY S ALMS
W1WV 2016-01-02 40m CW FN22vs United States DENIS P COTE
DK2SC 2013-05-19 20m CW JO53ai Germany Hartmut Gumpert
KA0AAM 2013-04-14 40m CW EM17iq United States DWAYNE A REA
NZ4D 2013-02-11 40m CW FM15gn United States Michael A Kelly
AF5BA 2012-09-16 20m CW EM35pb United States Marvin J Stovall
AD4WG 2012-07-01 20m CW EL87sk United States RONALD D RACKLEY
KK4FKM 2012-06-12 20m CW EM95gm United States MICHAEL T REEP
JM1VWQ 2011-03-30 15m PSK31 PM96wf Japan Shigeyoshi Shimoda
HB9BRU 2010-06-15 20m PSK63 JN37mg Switzerland PETER WIRTHLIN
AA3B 2010-01-03 80m RTTY FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
AE1P 2010-01-02 40M RTTY FN32uv United States Neil L Goodell
K0RU 2010-01-02 40M RTTY EM28mt United States ROBERT D UNDERWOOD

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