K4KGG QRV Cedar Key IOTA NA-076 Sun Feb 14 and Mon Feb 15, 2016. QSL K4KGG. Direct US SASE. Outside US $2 and self-addressed enevelope. Bureau welcome. All contacts uploaded to LOTW and Club Log.
K4KGG QRV Big Cypress National Preserve, FL NPOTA PV03 Mon Jan 25, 20:00 to Wed Jan 27, 03:00 2016. Mostly SSB. 10 to 40M. PLEASE spot me with comment "NPOTA PV03. Homebrew vertical with homebrew tuner. QSL K4KGG. LOTW only. Operation from Monument Lake Campground. EL95ku. Please note NP18 activation below.
K4KGG QRV Everglades National Park, FL NPOTA NP18 Sat Jan 23, 20:00 to Mon Jan 25, 03:00 2016. Mostly SSB. 10 to 40M. Mostly 500 W. Some operation at 100W with battery power only. Homebrew vertical with homebrew tuner. QSL K4KGG. LOTW only. Flamingo campground. EL95md. Please note PV03 activation above.
K4KGG/VO1 QRV from Fogo Island,Newfoundland, Canada IOTA NA-198, Aug 2,3,4,5, 2014. All calls will be uploaded to LOTW and Club Log. Cards direct with 2 green stamps and SASE, or bureau. Please be patient. I will be away from home until November.
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The photo in the right upper corner of my QRZ page shows my camper and the Spiderbeam12M pole supporting my end fed half wave vertical antenna. The antenna is matched for 10,12,15,17, 20 and 40M with a homebrew low pass L tuner. The photo is from June 2013 when I operated portable from the central Oregon coast near Newport.
I am 69 and retired. I've been a ham for fifteen years. My radio is a kit built Elecraft K3, operated with a kit built Softrock SDR and an Elecraft KPA 500 amp.
Our local club, BRARA, has met the needs of many deed restricted local hams by building a station in a nearby county park. This station now features a comfortable, functional shack , a 3 element Steppir with the 30/40M add-on element mounted on a 55 ft tower, a full-length 1/4 wave 80M vertical worked against 64, 33 foot ground radials and an inverted L for 160M hung from the tower and worked against the 64 radial field. Construction of this station was a hugely successful club project. It started with recognition of the frustrations of deed restrictions for Florida hams, and very modest club financial resources. It drew on the determination and abilities of a diverse group of hams to turn a weedy, empty park location at the edge of the Everglades in southeast Florida into a first class station. This project has provided members with many lessons in the practical aspects of station construction, and the benefits of working together as a club. Many hands have made this station a success. Special thanks to Max, N4CGC, Walt, W4WCW, Lew, K4LEW, George, WA2VNV, Dolph, WA2NTW, and many others.
In summer I operate portable, CW, RTTY and phone from my camper. I have operated from most states and provinces including Newfoundland and Alaska. I have operated from 12,000 foot high Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Now there's an antenna tower! My motorhome antenna is a 1/2 wave-end-fed-trapped vertical dipole for 10, 15 and 20M. With guidance from N2PK, I have built a low pass L remote tuner that allows me to work 10, 15, 17, 20, 30 and 40M with the same trapped HWEF vertical wire. All wires are hung vertically from a telescoping 40 ft Spiderbeam fiberglass pole mounted to the ladder on the rear fender of the motorhome.
My DXCC Mixed confirmed total is currently 286. My IOTA confirmed total is 123. My Challenge confirmed total is 906. Current goals are adding to DXCC Mixed, IOTA, Challenge totals and 5BDXCC award. I am chasing NPOTA and have activaed NP18 and PV03.
I like building, operating portable, chasing DX, an occasionl ragchew on phone, and contesting, especially RTTY contesting. I have been very fortunate to find an experienced, smart, generous Elmer who has helped me explore the fascinating and challenging worlds of antennas and transmission lines.
If you are reading this, we probabbly are having or have had a QSO. If so, please QSL LOTW. If not hope to work you soon.
Last Update Apr 24, 2015. Photos courtesy of my wife, Sue.
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