Happy New Year 2014!!! Peace and Happiness to All! Joys and great DX!!!
Max on Christmas Eve looking like a super star!!!
Max dreaming about his favorite band, 6m!!!!
Me and my son Max (no callsign yet) on 9/21/2013. Max is now 18 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 FOR DXING INCLUDING 6M F2!! WE NEED MORE F2 ON 6M TO EU, AF AND SA!!!!
Now as a three years and one month licensed ham radio operator (CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT, 37+ months) I am going to start taking it easy. I am pushing hard to get to 300 entities in 2014 then need to focus a lot less on the hobby for awhile and more on family and work.
My first QSO was on December 26, 2010 with a station in Hawaii and I haven't looked back since. LOTW confirmation rate is 1327 confirmed out of 3702 QSOs or 35.7%.
My primary focus is now to learn CW at 20 wpm plus and chasing ATNOs (all time new ones), with secondary focus on 6m dxcc (now at 20 DXCC entities).
DXCC MIXED CURRENT TOTALS - 293 WORKED AND 290 CONFIRMED.
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 (Three years) 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 radio hobby when I started my own company in 2010.
I was also an Electronics technician nuclear qualified operator in the US Navy and went to BE&E, ET A, Nuclear power school and prototype and served on USS Enterprise as shutdown reactor operator and senior technician before getting out of the US Navy after one six year enlistment then getting my BA and then MBA in Finance. Been working a business career for per 15 years since and love getting back to my technical and radio roots as a SWLer and Navy ET. I am really stoked with the hobby as it was a childhood dream that is now realized.
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 will be transitioning to a K3 to K3 remote 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. MOSLEY SUPER 33 ANTENNA. THE S33 IS AN AMAZING ANTENNA AT 35'. I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH ITS PERFORMANCE ESPECIALLY ON 40m IN NORTH DIRECTION.
I HAVE TWO HOMEBREW 80M SLOPERS ONE IN NORTHEAST DIRECTION AND THE OTHER NORTHWEST TUNED TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE 80M BANDS (SSB AND CW PORTIONS OF DX WINDOWS), AND A W8AMZ 160M HALF SLOPER IS NOW INSTALLED TOO AND IT IS DIRECTED DUE NORTH. MY 80M SLOPERS UTILIZE COILS FROM A BROKEN MFJ 80/40 TRAPPED DIPOLE AND THEY ARE JUST AWESOMELY GOOD FOR ME. I HAVE WORKED A LOT OF DX WITH THEM AND I AM SURPRISED THEY WORK SO WELL. I HAVE WORKED INTO EUROPE REGULARLY THIS WINTER WITH THESE ANTENNAS AND I AM SO STOKED WITH THEM.
I JUST BUILD A HOMEBREW K9AY SINGLE LOOP RECEIVE ANTENNA POINTED TOWARDS EUROPE AT APPROXIMATELY 45 DEGREES. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ANTENNA. IT IS REALLY AMAZING. FOR ALMOST NO COST I HAVE LOWERED MY NOISE LEVEL BY 2 S UNITS AND AT SIGNALS ARE JUST ABOUT THE SAME IN THAT DIRECTION. THIS MAKES DXING ON THE LOW BANDS EXTREMELY NICE. WITHOUT THE K9AY, 160M OPERATION WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE BECAUSE I HAVE HUGE AM BROADBAST BAND INTERFERENCE PROBABLY BECAUSE I AM SO CLOSE TO TIJUANA. NICE JOB K9AY!
PICTURE BELOW OF THE SUPER 33 BEING BUILT AND IN THE BACKYARD. AND BELOW THAT PICTURE IS THE SUPER 33 INSTALLED ON A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY DAY IN SAN DIEGO AT ~250' WITH CANYON HELP, ABOVE THE S33 IS MY INNOVANTENNA OP DES 6m SIX ELEMENT ANTENNA THAT WORKED JA,VK AND ZL ON 6m. PLUS NP4A WITH 17W!!! NOT BAD FOR A 4.6M BOOM 6M ANTENNA. GREAT JOB INNOVANTENNA!!!
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' so my antennas are at about 250' high in these directions since I have 60 degree grade. Makes for good take off angles and gets me through most pileups even with just 600-800W. Wonder what legal limit would be like.
THE MOSLEY PRO 57B ON TOWER 2 IS INSTALLED 80%. IT HAS BEEN TESTED AND NEXT WEEKEND WILL PUSH UP THE MAST AND INSTALL THE ROTOR. VERY EXCITED. SWR IS PERFECT ON ALL BANDS. PICTURE OF ME BELOW. WE HAD A GOOD PLAN FOR INSTALL AND IT WENT PRETTY DARN WELL.
Current Home station:
Elecraft K3 serial 1391 and SPE 1K FA Amplifier. Microham USB 3 for digital modes.
ELECRAFT K3 TO K3 INTEGRATED WITH SPE 1K, AND SUPER 33, W8AMZ 160m SLOPER, 80m HOMEBREWED DUAL SLOPERS FOR EUROPE AND ASIA, AND INNOVANTENNA SIX ELEMENT 6M OP DES. DEDICATED INTERNET ROUTER AND SERVICE TO MINIMIZE PACKET LOSS.
LATEST ADDITION IS A BENCHER BY-1 CW PADDLE WHICH WAS A CONTRIBUTION FROM A VERY KIND HAM AS I AM LEARNING CW NOW. SO EXCITED TO BECOME SUPER AWESOME AT CW.
I work in beautiful La Jolla, California as VP of Project Management in Incubator businesses, M&A and Efficiency programs. The company is fast growing and publicly traded. It is an awesome job but hours are intense so not much time for radio.
My other hobbies include snowboarding and fitness. I live in beautiful South Bay San Diego with my beautiful wife, Susanna, my 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 37+ months updated. I try to keep my logs uploaded to clublog so I can track QSL cards and band counts. It is very helpful for those efforts.
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