Due to the latest influx of remote stations into the DXCC program let me preface my station information with this.. I DO NOT USE ANY DISTANT REMOTES ... Sorry I have to even mention this but many DXCC members seem to think "the means justify the end" and they are missing the spirit of what DXCC was meant to be, a challenge to test your operating skills. Jumping 2000 miles to gain a propagation advantage via the internet to use remote transmitter/recievers is not my idea of a challenge. They hide behind the argument of it being an advance in technology, which it is, but long distance remotes have no place in the DXCC program. I am not against all remotes, but ones at a far distances, greater than 100 miles or so from their FCC listed home QTH which give unfair propagation advantages and goes against the spirit of what DXCC means. If someone wants to operate from anywhere in the world connecting with a station remotely, be it their own or someone elses via remote within 100 miles or so of their present FCC address on file that is no problem as no propagation advantage is gained. Outside the DXCC program I dont really care how anyone uses distant remotes. I will continue to abide by the spirit of what the DXCC program was intended to be.
My name is listed as Thomas but go by "Mike". QSL via Bureau, LOTW, or Direct with SASE if you are in a hurry. Although I post to LOTW, I anwer all QSL's. If your QSO does not show up in LOTW, please email me. I read often in QRZ a guy says he cannot afford to QSL even if the other station sends a SASE. I don't get that as a QSL can be written on a scrap of paper which I think everyone gets plenty of scrap paper from junk mail. My favorite QSL of all times is one from a ZD7 made from a cigarette carton.
Received my Novice license, KN4TBN, in 1957. Upgraded to Conditional and K4TBN in 1959. Equipment originally was a Heathkit DX35 with one crystal for 3715 Khz and a Hallicrafters S38D and 80 M dipole at 20 Ft. Later upgraded to a Hallicrafters SX99 with a Heathkit QF1 Q multiplier. The transmitter was upgraded to a Johnson Challenger with a Heathkit VF1 VFO. This held me until after high school and through tech school. Upgraded to Extra Class in 1961. After getting my first job with Ga. ED. TV I traded it all in and bought a new Swan 240 and installed it in a 1963 Corvair for my first mobile. It had SSB which was a new mode for me. I changed my call to K4PI in 1976. XYL holds the call K4AM.
At the present home QTH of about 2.5 acres, there are 3 towers. Two around 100 ft tall and a crankup to 90 ft. I have been using mostly monobanders but recently took down the 20,15, and 12 M monobanders down and installed a 4 ele SteppIR in place of the 20. The pictures have not been updated yet. On 80 M a K8UR style 4 square with a Comtek Phasing unit is used. Shunt fed tower for 160 M with several beverage type antennas along with a DX Eng 4 square receive array for receiving on the low bands. For 60 M 100 w from K3 and sloping dipole. Antennas for 6 M are a 6M9KHW at 113 ft and recently added a H frame on a 90 ft crank up tower mounted with four 6M7JHV. Both azimuth and elevation are avaliable so it can be used for both EME and terrestrial. HF equipment is a K3 and SPE Expert amp. For 6M a K3 and a Commander VHF amp. That rounds out the main equipment. DX chasing is my prime focus when at home along with competing in the DXCC Challenge staying mainly on CW going to SSB or Digital only if there is a new one. My present Challenge count is 3130 current countries. If you hear me struggling on 160 M most likely I am at the home QTH where the ambient noise is very bad so I did the following.
A second station was built near Bowdon GA, about 43 miles by car from the home QTH, where the noise level is much less. There is a shack with power and a 140 ft tower that supports a 160 M Four Square of 90 ft top loaded verticals each with a 50 ft horizontal hat, using a Comtek phasing unit. For receiving, at present there are three 800 ft beverages one of which is switchable in two directions, a HI-Z 8 vertical array in a 200 ft diameter that I bought used from my friend K4WM and a 1200 ft two direction beverage 25/205 deg. Under construction another 1200 ft two direction beverage 45/225. I use an Elecraft K3, which after using for several years, I consider the best radio on the market for low band, weak signal reception. The amp is an Alpha 76PA, 1400 W output. From this location I was able to finish up a long time goal of achieving 160 Meter WAZ. The last zone, 23, occured In Dec 2009 when JT1CO came though for 2 days prior to sunrise with good signals. Presently 307 WKD / 306 CFM on 160 M. All worked from my west Georgia stations.
At the Bowdon station a second tower has been built for VHF. It is 95 ft tall and has stacked M2 6M9KHWA antennas at 95 and 65 ft. An Array Solutions Stack Match is used between the two. A K3 and a Harris TV amplifier module removed from WSB-TV Ch 2, Atlanta, that I modified, running about 1.2 KW is the equipment. Presently at 150 WKD / 149 CFM countries on 6 M. 145 are terrestrial plus 5 EME from the west Georgia QTH's . VUCC grid count on 6 M is 1107 confirmed with ARRL and have some that have not been submitted. Got a quite a few more worked but just can't get the confirmations from them.
One thing I really enjoy about 6 M, trying SSSP propagation which Han, JE1BMJ discoverd. It allows Japan to USA terrestrial QSO's on 6 M during the June/July E season. My first JA QSO's were in 2008 as I worked during the evening hours and had to depend on an opening occuring during an off day. I am up to 176 JA QSO's in 28 JA grids over the past 6 years. Most all of these were worked from the home QTH with the single yagi. I have not been able to be at the farm QTH with the stack when a good JA opening occured. Being retired now allows me to watch a little closer during E season. During the Jun/Jul E season we normally only get 2 or 3 nights where the JA's come through.
I do all the climbing on the towers as it would be hard to take it if someone got hurt on the towers. A ground crew is obtained to help sometimes to keep from going up and down the tower more than needed. One person stands out that has really helped me a lot as ground crew, digging tower bases and guy points by hand in mid summer (hi), running beverages and lot of other stuff. That guy is Ron, K4WZ. I owe him a lot. He never operates the station as he says anything he works he wants to do it from his own station. Recently Ron injured his shoulder so Greg, KX4R has been picking up the slack. Some other people that have helped me over time, N4SS, KX4R, K4DN, KS4C, K4WM, W4KTR, W4AUB, N4HU and K4KW. Hope I didn't leave anyone out. On the recent crank up tower install many thanks to N4XP and WW4T. K4DN and KX4R helped getting the H frame up. Thanks to N3XX for help on getting the H frame antennas installed and a ton of helpful advice on EME. Thanks for K0GU, K2ZD and W1JJ for all their advice. W1JJ modified all the M2 T matches.
Life member of ARRL and CW OPS #1066. Member of the Southeastern DX Club and past officer several times.
I obtained the call P49I from Aruba by passing their examination and still hold the call. See the P49I station using QRZ. Other calls used in the past. DL/K4PI, ON/K4PI, K4PI/VP2K St. Kitts, PJ0J St. Marteen 1986-88, PJ8T St Marteen 1989, P40PI Aruba 1990 - 93, P49I 1993 - present, K96PI, K400PI, K26PI 1996 Olympics callsigns.
73 Mike K4PI
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