The photograph is of my new tower--140 feet of 55g, and more importantly, a few of my friends who helped erect it. From left to right are N5ZC, WA8YYE, KE5ZRT, KE5WXN, K5ZKQ, me, KF5GBL, WD5JDA , N5HPJ and with KE5ZRU handling the camera. Many other friends also helped--W5ZO, KF5IDK, W5CEH, KF5NKV, W5MJM, K5BOO, N5LTZ and non-hams Ronnie, Matt, Deacon and Ted--Thanks guys! We had a great time putting it up! I'm looking forward to getting wires and stacked Yagis mounted and installing a remote link from my home to the new station at the farm. Having a quiet location for 160 meters will be a new experience!
I was first licensed as KA5HKW in February 1980, after taking the Novice class taught by my first Elmer, Wales, KU5G (ex WB5VSJ) for the Panhandle ARC in Amarillo. I immediately got on the air with the Heathkit twins--SB303/401 and a trap vertical installed on the roof of my apartment building. It worked quite well and I worked a lot of DX on the Novice bands. A couple of years later I tested at the FCC office in Houston and walked out with my Advanced license, and received KD5IA in February 1982. Later that same year I passed the Amateur Extra exam from the FCC examiner in Lubbock, but kept my call until 1x2 calls again became available in 1996. DXing and contesting have always been my favorite ham activities. As KD5IA, I have received quite a few certificates from the CQWW DX and ARRL DX contests--mostly due to luck and perseverance, not skill! I still hold the W5 record for 20 meters QRP in the CQWW CW contest. I am fortunate to have so many great Elmers and friends to have helped me along--Mike W5ZO (ex W5VGX) , Jim K5MU (ex WB5UDX) , Rich N5ZC (ex WB5M) and Len W5AL.
Until the remote station is operational, I'm running a Kachina 505 to what I call a Lazy Inverted L. The "vertical" part of my L slopes up from the feedpoint at the back fence to a 30 foot tower, then terminates in a tree in the front yard. It actually has quarter wave elements for 160, 80, 40 and 20, fanned out from each other. Several radials are a part of the array, and it works well enough to finish my 5BDXCC and get me halfway there on 160. Thanks to W5ZO for giving me the idea! The country count from this QTH is 148, mostly CW and all with no more than 100 watts. My career country count is 303.
My job as a locomotive engineer for the BNSF Railway has me out of town often, and I enjoy operating the Kachina remotely. I've been able to work lots of DX from motels!
My wife Cheryl and I have one daughter, Caitlin, who is a college student. To keep us company we have two lively Shiba Inus--Sadie and Yoshi.
The dogs and I are admiring the Big Boy in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Here we are in front of the Griz in Missoula, Montana.
My train going around the horseshoe curve at Alps, New Mexico.
Thanks for stopping by, and Good DX to us all!
73 Y'all! de Trent
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