I have been licensed since 1962 and have always had the same call sign. From 1969 to 1971 I was also DA1OL when stationed in West Germany. I have always been an active VHFer with 144 MHz being my favorite band. I was active in meteor scatter starting in about 1964 and chased 144 MHz DX using meteors, tropo and aurora. My rig was a pair of 4CX250Bs and a quad yagi array. In 1973 I got interested in EME Communications and pursued that on 144, 222, and 432 MHz up until about 1992. I achieved WAS on 144 in 1978 along with WAC on 144. Starting in about 1985, I got interested in VHF multi op contesting, and with a group of friends, we knocked ourselves out playing with and improving a Multi-Multi VHF contest station. That was an intense endeavor making state of the art stations for all bands between 50 and 24 GHz. At last count I had seven towers and 83 antennas installed on the hill behind my house! AC power is supplied by a 20 KW diesel generator, but I can operate at the 100 watt level on the lower bands with a photo voltaic system.(solar panels and batteries)
Here is a picture of the VHF shack with N1JFU and K1DY in the background, operating on 432 and 222 MHz. This shack houses gear for 222 thru 24 GHz. With a full crew it gets hectic inside.
Lately, I have been getting my feet wet on ten meters and even some 160 meters. I enjoy building equipment more than operating and am always trying out something new, whether it is a new antenna, or a new power amplifier. My latest projects involve LD MOS amplifiers. A good winter time project lately involves restoring two late 1930's aircraft DF receivers: the Bendix MN-26C and the RA-10. They sure don't make radios like they used to! Those Bendix sets are a work of art!
The Ten and Six operating position utilizes an Elecraft K3. Both bands have serious antenna stacks. The six meter stack is 4 x 7 elements of my own design on a 100 ft tower. All antennas can be rotated individually. The ten meter antenna consists of three homebrew 5 element yagis (9 m boom) on a 70 ft tower. Each yagi can be rotated as well. I also have a second array of 2 X 5 elements that is partially rotatable from South America over to VK and ZL. I am also working on a third antenna, a single 6 element (11 meter boom) on a short 40 ft tower for use with a second operating position for contests.
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