Photo is HP3TA on one of his many Cycad Research trips we make here in Panama. More than 15 species of Zamia xxxx exist in this tiny country and we are still researching variations and possible new ones. This plant is a female, in-cone (mature), just recently described as Zamia nesophila (Jan '08), one of the beach environ types (saltwater tolerant) and is quite endangered owing the considerable destruction of on-going human development of their environ. Cycads Pre-date the Dinos, by a mere 100 Million years! These primitive plants have cones and each plant is a unique male or female. Jan '08 was also the Tri-annual Cycad Conference held in this time in Panama. HP3TA was the Post Tour Coordinator for 30 scientists and we covered most of Panama's in situ species.
See KG6UH/HP3XUG bios for additional info. LOTW is NOT active yet; but hope to have this feature "Soon"!
QSLs are available for: HP3TA, HP3XUG, HO3A, 3F3XUG, 3F3A, HP3/KG6UH, KG6UH/DU1 (9/90-6/92) and HL9UH (9/92-6/94), plus Nov-Dec '03 we operated between San Diego and Panama both /MM and XE1, XE2, XE3, TI8, and TI7, with many 6m QSOs with rare 'water' Grids.
NOTE: Previous APO/DPO addresses are no longer effective after 10DEC2009. Being RET Military residing in Panama, Dept of State will no longer provide our 1 pound limit mail service. Mail must be sent to our Panama address directly; or, via DHL Service. MAILS SENT VIA DPO AFTER MID-DEC WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER AFTER 01JAN2010
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Previously WB6NMT in '60's to mid '80's. Some of noted efforts: Owned, operated Lunar Electronics SDGO manufacturing both Amateur and Commercial Solid State Amps, Preamps and Combos. I still receive an occassional comment re a long time user, or a recent acquirer of a used unit - and thanks for those kind words.
1st 220 MHz EME w/ W7CNK. Awarded 1970 ARRL Tech Merit Award w/ W7CNK & K2CBA.
1st 2-way 432 Tropo to KH6 w/KH6HME.
1st US stn to complete EME on 4 & 5 bands (50, 144, 220, 432 & 1296). Awarded CSVHF Soc. John Chambers Award for various efforts.
1st 144 & 220 MHz EME from XE.
1st 144 & 432 EME from DU, and 1st 144 via Tropo DU-HK.
1st 432 EME from HL also 2nd 144 MHz EME & 1st non-big gun 144 de HL.
1st 144 & 432 EME from HP.
1st 6 & 2m via MS between NA and SA, QSOs w/ HC2FG in Nov '98.
In 2004 obtained DXCC-CW #9738 for 7 bands (40-10m) for my 1st ever awards on HF. Now (27SEP07) completed/submitted DXCC 80m (113 entities) and completed WAS 10 to 160m, awarded WAS-160 #907, 5BWAS #2907 and 10-80 WAS #52,456 (8 bands). Oct '07 rcvd 80m DXCC #2576, and 5BDXCC #6274 w/ CW Endorsements.
28/03/08 QSO'd EI2CN for #100 DXCC on 160, The 1st 160 DXCC. 160m DXCC, issued Cert #1641.
HF Ant is an R7, & small vert 40 ft w/ Inv L sect of 70 ft sloping SW and down to 10 ft at end for 80/160.
Rig was an IC706 - 100W only on HF/6m at present. New QTH in-process w/ K9AY for RX & similar to VK3ZL Vert w/ top hat and L loading, plus lots of radials; plus building 6m Yagi for EME Planned for Nov2011. Massive Lightning strikes in early March (2013) caused massive damages from those Strikes wiped out all our gear. Now, made BIG mistake to get an R8000! Still fighting this system as is a "nightmare" trying to make sense of this system!!!!
2m & 70cm EME is on the agenda to be re-activated at this new QTH, as are Sat Mode B ops a bit later. 1st bands will be 2m and 6m (need 15 for DXCC on 6m. Later, will add the old 70cm array to the system (need new 8874 final). Expect to also add 2m & 70cm systems. Expect to be QRV for these upper bands in the next 6 months.
Our home QTH is still in Boquete - now a very popular retirement QTH for Gringos! Operating time can be limited, but always happy to sked for anyone needing HP on bands have available. The N Hemi winter brings severe winds that make QRNN our DX a nightmare at times! New QTH is expected to be much, much lower QRNN (bad power lines)! 14MAR09 noise can be still an issue from sometimes bad winds making the pwr zap wild on 80&160. But, the norm is too quiet and can often copy quite Q5 with the 100W and R7 (or Inv L on low bands) isn't enough to get over the end's QRNN!
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