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I am active on the 160m - 6m, 2m and 70 cm bands. I enjoy working DX contacts on SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK and JT65 as well as FM and DSTAR contacts via local repeaters. We have recently added LEO Satellite capability to our station as well. I also do quite a bit of QRP operation on the HF bands as well as some EME operation on 2m. We also operate a 2m APRS Digipeater and iGate at our QTH in New Hampshire, USA. See our Blog or the article here on qrz.com for more information and pictures of our station. My 10-10 number is 76002.

The following is a current copy of my log from operations from my home station (uploaded as QSOs are completed):

Please direct QSL all QSOs for AB1OC including those from my portable. mobile, 13 Colonies Special Event and DXpedition operations to my home QTH in New Hampshire, USA. I also confirm QSOs via LoTW (preferred), eQSL (AG) and via the Bureau system.

The following is a current copy the logs for the 13 Colonies Special Event for the New Hampshire (K2K stations):

Home Station Details:

  • Rigs: Icom 7800, Icom 9100, Yaesu FTdx5000, Icom 7600, Acom 2000A Amplifier (1.5KW), Icom PW-1 Amplifiers (1KW), Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier (500W), Kenwood TH-D710A (APRS iGate)
  • Base Antennas: 100' Tower with a 4 over 4 array of SteppIR DB36s, M2 Antenna Systems 2m and 70cm Yagis, 80m Delta Loop, 160m Inverted-L, SteppIR BigIR Vertical for 80-6m, Buckmaster OCF Dipole for 80m-6m, 8-Circle Vertical Receive Array for 160m/80m, Diamond X300NA & X50NA on 2m/70 cm. Also M2 2m/70cm Eggbeater System with preamps for LEO Satellites.

Current Projects:

  • Enhancing our mobile HF station in our F-150 Pickup Truck
  • Working on improving my CW skills
  • Continuing to enhance the performance of our Home Station's antennas

We completed constrution of our new shack and antenna system in the fall of 2012. Our shack is multi-op capable with two SO2R positions. The heart of our antenna farm is built around a 100' tower with antennas that cover all the bands from 160m - 70cm. You can see photos and details of our station project in our Blog. Here is a picture of our tower and antennas.

And here is another one looking up the tower:

We also operate a mobile HF station from our F-150 pickup truck. This station consists of an Icom IC-7000 Transceiver (100w), a Scorpion SA-680 Screwdriver Antenna (80m - 10m), an Ameritron ALS-500M HF Amplifier (500w) and an Icom IC-5100A for FM and D-STAR Repeater access on 2m and 70cm. We also use an Elecraft W2 Wattmeter and a TurboTuner Screwdriver Antenna Controller as part of our Mobile HF setup.

The following is a picture of our Scorpion Screwdriver Antenna. For most HF bands, we use a 3 or 4 ft rod and a Cap Hat. This combination improves the overall efficiency of system by reducing the number of coil turns that are required to tune the antenna on a given band.

The F-150 is a good platform for a mobile HF station. Our model has a high capacity alternator which supports our mobile amplifier very well. The amplifier and our antenna controller and wattmeter electronics fits nicely under the fold up rear seat.

See our blog for more information and pictures on our mobile HF installation and operations.

The following is a copy of my log from operations from our mobile station (uploaded approximately once a week):

I have a portable station and frequently travel with it. My portable station consists of an Icom IC-7000 (100W), an LG Auto Tuner, a SignaLink USB Sound card and a combination of Buddipole, Buddistick, TransWorld Traveler and end-fed wire antennas. Here is a picture of my portable station:

The following is a copy of my log from operations from using our portable station (uploaded at the end of each portable operation, excluding Bora Bora):

We used our portable station to mount a DXpedition operation in Bora Bora, French Polynesia during February 2012. Anita (FO/AB1QB) and I (FO/AB1OC) logged a little over 1,550 QSOs while we were here. We really apreciate everything that the Amateur Radio Community did to make this an extremely memorable and fun experience! The following is a copy of my final logs from my Bora Bora operations:

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