I had to put down my multiband vertical because of roof planed roof repair. I've been using it for 14 years and it worked fine. Last years there were some problems with SWR but nothing what I could not fix. It should takes about three months and I'll put it back. New place should be even better, antenna will have new holder and will be higher. Now it was about 25m above the ground and on new holder, it will be around 28m up. 

Today I celebrated my 30th birthday. My wife, Misa, baked me very nice cake. It looked like front panel of my transceiver TS-930 SAT. I got two very nice books one is about psychology of men in battle – Acts of War. The behavior of Men in Battle from Richard Holmes, and the second is Flashback from Dan Simmons. I'm looking forward to read it. But I got another gift. I was really surprised.

Last week I got package with famous Mercury paddle from Bencher. Original author of this paddle is Steven Nurkiewicz, N2DAN. After his dead the rights were sold to Bencher and they serial numbers start at 1000. My paddle has s/n 1200.

Steven's life is very interesting. On 22th of March 1981 was published his life story in Parade magazine which was distributed with many large metropolitan newspapers e.g. Atlanta Journal and The Chicago Tribune. The story was "How a son found his parents after 40 years".

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