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My QSL Manager is W4JS - please send SASE, IRC or green stamps. NOTE: Sorry, I cannot accept or reply to cards sent to the station QTH in Volcan, Panama - NO (BURÓ) bureau cards please! They may be delayed for one year, or never arrive! I periodically upload HP3AK contacts to LOTW.  I do nor use E-qsl, so LOTW or a paper card to the manager is your way to receive confirmation, if wanted.

I am retired and very active outside of ham radio, so I do NOT usually make or keep schedules.

STATION: I'm located at 4,757 feet above sea level (1,450 meters), 30 miles (50 km) from the Pacific (clear view) and 30 miles (50 km) from the Caribbean (mountain range). My station is either a Kenwood 590S or Icom 756 Pro 3 with a Drake L4B, SGC-1000, or Alpha 87A amplifier, and 3 element SteppIR (20 - 6 meters) at 55 feet. I have a 3 element phased delta loop array on 75 meters (pictured below). I also use inverted V antennas on 40, 75, & 160 meters and a short vertical on 160/75.  I only operate SSB at this time.

HP3AK 3el 75m loops

I sometimes use the Alpha 87A amp. The amplifier was struck by lightning in May of 2011 and Alpha twice refused to send the ordered parts to fix it. See the site at www.alpha9500.com for details (now over 200 new visits per month). * The 87A is field repairable IF you can get the parts! I was able to get the parts from other suppliers for MUCH less money than from Alpha.

In stark contrast to RF Concepts (Alpha), the SteppIR antenna folks go out of their way to be helpful and to provide the necessary parts and information for field repair.  Even though I operate in somewhat harsh conditions, the 3 element SteppIR has performed brilliantly for the past 5 years.  As with anything mechanical, there have been a few issues.  However, with the factory's help, they have all been resolved.


Previous operations during 2007 and until January 16, 2008 were from HP3/K1YJ. * W4JS is the QSL manager for all of these operations as well.

Cards for K1YJ operations from Nashville, TN U.S.A. go to the QRZ address and may take several months for a reply.


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