Me and my son Max (no callsign yet) on 9/21/2013. Max is now 16 months old. Wow the time goes by so fast!
A SINGLE THOUGHT ON CURRENT STATE OF HF DXING.A
Whether from ignorance (new no code hams) or from an attitude of entitlement (old timers) it doesn't matter, the DX Code of Conduct makes sense and all DXers should try to abide by it.
COME ON Solar Cycle 24!!! OCTOBER AND EARLY NOVEMBER WERE SO GOOD!! WE NEED F2 ON 6M TO EU, AF AND SA!!!!
Only ONE more month until my three years licensed anniversary as a ham radio operator (CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT). It has been an amazing experience and I am hooked for life. Been on a continuous process and station improvement adventure. It has been so amazing. Started in the hobby around the same time I started my own business. Both have worked perfectly in symbiotic union. I am now at two years and eleven months into the hobby and on Dec 20, 2013 it will be three years since I got my license. So much I have enjoyed so much more to explore. I am pushing hard to get to 300 entities before this cycle is over and then I don't care if it takes two more cycles to reach honor roll.
My first QSO was on December 26, 2010 with a station in Hawaii and I haven't looked back since. I have made just 3497 QSOs in two years and eleven months (35+ months licensed) is about 100 QSOs a month on average (aka ~25 per weekend).
LOTW confirmation rate is 1223 confirmed out of 3497 QSOs or 35.5%. LOTW for DXCC, VUCC, and WAS is a fantastic offering from the ARRL. I love traditional QSL cards without a doubt but LOTW provides a cost effective way for people to confirm QSOs. in 2013, I am averaging about 20 QSOs a week (1043 QSOs since beginning of year to Nov 24). I worked 194 entities this year which I guess is ok but primary focus has been on getting all time new ones, with secondary focus on 6m dxcc (now 20 DXCC entities) and tierary focus on 5 band dxcc and filling up band slots. Fourth interest is obtaining DXCC with CW mode (up to 56 entities now on CW).
CURRENT DXCC NUMBERS ARE 290 TOTAL AND 283 CONFIRMED. SO BASICALLY EVERY 12TH CONTACT IS A NEW DXCC MIXED ENTITY FOR ME.
TWENTY SIX NEW ENTITIES SINCE BEGINNING OF YEAR AND I SURPASSED MY THIRD YEAR TARGET OF 285 AND MADE MY STRETCH GOAL!!!! WOOHOO!!!
Keith & Bentley a magic pair of operators (early station photo - Jan 2011)
THANKS TO ALL MY HAM CONTACTS FOR BEING PATIENT AND COOL WITH MY NEWNESS (TWO YEARS AND EIGHT MONTHS) IN THE HOBBY.
PLEASE VERIFY ON LOTW OR THROUGH QSL CARDS DIRECT OR BUREAU. MANY THANKS!
GREAT DXING AND 73!!!
I am a licensed extra class and ham operator that began setting up my station in late December 2010. I was an enthusiastic Shortwave radio listener and radio collector for 30 years and started out in the 80's building antennas for SWLing and got back into the hobby about the same time I started my own consulting business. I am really stoked with the hobby as it was a childhood dream that is now realized.
I just made 282 confirmed. I have a bunch of QSL cards that need to be card checked. I want the endorsement sticker for 275 but I am going to wait until the end of the year to get QSL cards checked and to upload the LOTW awards for DXCC. Here are two of my favorite cards to arrive this year so far. One for a 6m JA contact from an SSSP contact and the other for my first DX ever on 160m. I am up to 20 entities on 6m worked which is pretty good for San Diego DM12lo. This was a great year for 6m DX for me with seven new entities including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia. So stoked! The only thing that could top this year off would be some 6m F2 to Europe and Africa.
I received my 250 endorsement sticker at a few days less than 27 months total since getting licensed (the certificate still has my old callsign AG6AZ). I owe it to my great elmers who have helped me all the way.
The station in South Bay San Diego is now full remote capable. The shack is now a partnership with Bruce, K6JU, who has partnered on both a financial and intellectual level to get this shack operating without issue remotely. We are now using remoterig products and a TS480HX is our baseline infrastructure with remoterig and the SPE 1K, RCS MDS 1 rotator controller and the Super 33 and innovantenna for 6m. it is an exciting partnership and will allow both Bruce and I to operate this station even when our business travel takes us anywhere on the globe.
- TOWER 1 TRIEX WT51. TOOK DOWN STEPPIR 3 ELEMENT AND REPLACED IT WITH A MOSLEY SUPER 33 ANTENNA. IT IS AN AMAZING ANTENNA AT 44' ABOVE MY BACKYARD AND RESONANCE HAS IMPROVED SIGNIFICANTLY. I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH ITS PERFORMANCE ESPECIALLY ON 40m.
ALPHA DELTA DX-CC WHICH I USE FOR PRIMARILY 80M AND 10M. W8AMZ 160M HALF SLOPER IS NOW INSTALLED TOO.
PICTURE BELOW OF THE SUPER 33 BEING BUILT AND IN THE BACKYARD.BELOW THAT THE SUPER 33 INSTALLED ON A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY DAY IN SAN DIEGO,AND BELOW THAT PHOTO IS THE INNOVANTENNA OP DES SIX ELEMENT ANTENNA ABOVE THE SUPER 33.
This is the view to the north / northeast about 30 degrees from south San Diego. The canyon floor used to be a river that runs into the San Diego Bay and then into the Pacific ocean. I am 232' above sea level here so I have estimated that the house is about 210' canyon edge. The triex at 35' is about 250' high. Makes for good take off angles and gets me through most pileups even at about500-700W.
- I built a homebrew 3 element 15m monobander from old antenna parts including a KT34A and parts from a couple old cushcraft antennas. Here is a pic of it below. So far it is working extremely well. If 10m ever decides to come back I will build a 10m multi element Yagi for tower 2. So far it doesn't look promising. I am looking at building a homebrew rotatable dipole for 12m to round out my capabilities
NEWS BREAK - I AM PUTTING UP A MOSLEY PRO 57B ON TOWER 2 BY END OF YEAR. I WILL HAVE TWO MOSLEY ANTENNAS AND THEY WILL BE SICK AND AWESOME AND KICK BUTT!!!
Antenna New (albeit old):
- I am now using a 5BTV antenna that I got in an estate sale for almost free and it is now my alternative antenna for 80m and primary antenna for 10m. I am not sure how it will work but on my canyon you never know. Even Alpha delta trapped dipoles seem to work great here.
Home station: Kenwood TS480HX and SPE 1K FA AMPLIFIER.
REMOTE SETUP: REMOTERIG WITH TS480HX INTEGRATED WITH SPE 1K, AND SUPER 33, W8AMZ 160m SLOPER, 80m to 10m DX-CC MULTIBAND DIPOLE, AND INNOVANTENNA SIX ELEMENT 6M OP DES. DEDICATED INTERNET ROUTER AND SERVICE TO MINIMIZE PACKET LOSS. WORKS GREAT WITH BOTH PC MICRO AND REMOTE TS480 HEAD.
SOLAR POWER INSTALLATION IS PLANNED FOR LATE SUMMER 2013. TWO PHOTOVOLTAIC LARGE 15 AMP 12 VDC PANELS BY KYOCERA WILL BE INSTALLED ON MY ROOF WHICH IS SOUTH FACING. DEEP CYCLE BATTERY SYSTEM WITH 1000 AMP HOURS FOR EMERGENCY USE INVERTER TO SUPPLY SHACK AND ESSENTIAL PARTS OF HOUSE DURING POWER FAILURES OR OTHER EMERGENCIES.
My wife, Susanna, and I have been working on my consulting business together and she teaches Spanish part-time at a private Catholic school in beautiful Coronado. I have 15 years of Global Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Program Management experience. Until recently, I traveled the world in the corporate sector (over 40 countries on five continents) and the US Navy. I now travel domestically for my own business every week and enjoy the freedom of having my own business. I also love snowboarding and fitness. I live in beautiful San Diego with my beautiful wife, Susanna, my new son Maxilimiano, and two cavalier king charles puppies, Roxy and Bentley.
I love mi esposa Susanna (XYL) and my son, Maximiliano Keith, and my puppies Roxy and Bentley!
I update my logs for AK6ZZ on clublog which is an amazing tool for DXing and tracking DXCC. It does have my entity totals for the past 35+ months updated. I try to keep my logs uploaded to clublog so I can track QSL cards and band counts. It is so very helpful for those efforts.
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