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Later this month I will be motoring just North of Great Falls, Montana to join up with Matt, K7BG for an eighteen hour run in this year's 7th Area QSO Party. The plan calls for coverage of 23 Eastern Montana counties. Man, they have some large counties up there as in a number we will be present for over an hour. We may be forced to venture up to SSB in an effort to keep the rate going. Having had success using VOX wearing a ProSet in the Missouri run it may not be as painful as I might think. Here are the counties and ETA for each one. I understand from Matt he travels the state in his work so fortunately one of us will know where we are going.

1 - 1300Z Teton 
2 - 1325Z Pondera
3 - 1404Z Toole
4 - 1442Z Liberty
5 - 1504Z Hill
6 - 1554Z Blaine
7 - 1639Z Phillips
8 - 1725Z Valley
9 - 1831Z Roosevelt
10 - 1930Z Richland
11 - 2024Z Dawson
12 - 2107Z Wibaux
13 - 2140Z Fallon
14 - 2222Z Custer 
15 - 2332Z Rosebud 
16 - 0043Z Treasure
17 - 0125Z Yellowstone
18 - 0143Z Big Horn
19 - 0228Z Yellowstone (again)
20 - 0317Z Musselshell
21 - 0357Z Petroleum
22 - 0401Z Fergus
23 - 0458Z Judith Basin
24 - 0545Z Cascade

We will be on the .041's on CW and who knows on SSB, especially 20 meters, as I do not own a frequency up there like so many others. All Qs will be appreciated as we will be near the top of the world (at least that what it looks like to me) all by our lonesome.

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The 2015 Missouri QSO Party is done: You can read our story at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2015-April/346395.html

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A few new photos added of home station changes. More to follow after the radio room has been remodeled. The picture at the top of the page is of a Force 12 6el 20 3el full size Combination Yagi. Two tower crew members were needed to put the mast in the thrust bearing.

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The 2014 Texas QSO Party is over. You can read our story athttp://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-September/322685.html

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The 2014 Arkansas QSO Party is done. A story can be read athttp://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-September/321230.html

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The 2014 Kansas QSO Party is in the books. You can read our story at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-August/319391.html - thanks for all the QSOs.

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999 QSOs in the IARU Contest. 58 of the 59 1x1 Calls worked missing W1M. A terrific 24 hours spent in the mobile making 3 stops to the North and 2 stops to the South in Eastern Massachusetts. I will post a few photos after I return home early next week. Am in Framingham, CT now about ten minutes from the ARRL Convention Site but only 5 minutes from ARRL Headquarters where I spent most of today July 16 touring and operating W100AW. My boyhood was relived as I gazed at all the beautiful displays. The staff at headquarters have done a great job preparing for the hundreds of operators who will be visiting this week. 

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Heading to Westborough, Massachusetts to be a spectator of WRTC 2014. Also will participate in the IARU contest on Saturday July 12 and 13 from the mobile. See wrtc2014.org for details on this special event.  After WRTC I will motor down to ARRL Headquarters for the ARRL Centennial Event. Once in a lifetime set of events. I'm fortunate to have the time to join in.

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1,236 QSO s in Field Day as a 1C. Lots of stations on the air as usual. I think I smelled BBQ and maybe even breakfast on Sunday morning.

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Interesting contest the ARRL VHF June Contest. 6 meters is definitely a different band. I made all my QSOs on 6 from the mobile using a K3 and M2 Loop mounted on the roof.  My story and results can be viewed at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-June/313476.html

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The 2014 AQP is history too: My story can be viewed at http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-June/313120.html

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Went to the Dayton Hamvention this year for the first time. A terrific experience and one I will never forget. Met and shaked the hands of many operators I have been talking to for 50+ years. There is no better feeling in the world. What a hobby we have. Some of the finest people in the world participating with us.

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The 2014 7QP is history too: Our story can be read at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-May/310735.html

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The 2014 FQParty is history too. Our story can be read at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-April/310183.html

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The 2014 GAQP is history too. Our story can be read at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-April/309065.html

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The 2014 MOQP is history too. Our story can be read at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-April/308482.html

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The 2014 OKQP is now history. Our story can be read at: http://lists.contesting.com/pipermail/3830/2014-March/307060.html

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In 2013 and 2014 K5YAA mobiled to and participated in over 20 state QSO parties and was in over 600 counties on the County Hunter CW frequencies. Had some great runs with operating partners in the Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas QSO parties. I keep adding spares to my mobile arsenal. Mobile operation can be tough on equipment as I have found out over time. I am currently refurbishing my base station with a new second tower and antenna additions that include a Force Sigma 80 meter rotatable dipole and a Force Combo yagi 6el on 20 and 3el on 40. Those two new antennas will go along with my Force 6el 15 meter and 8el 10 meter beams on tower number 1. A 160 meter Vee off tower number 2 will complete the 6 band antenna effort. I just purchased one of the new Force XR5-S 9 element yagis for 6/10/12/15/17 meter coverage which will give me coverage on 6/12/17 also. It will be placed on the new tower. New equipment is being employed to revamp my SO2R setup. Many years have gone past now so 48 hour contests will likely be a thing of the past but there are many short spurt contests < 48 hours an old man can have fun in. Those will be the ones I participate in for their duration. Now a few comments on my amateur radio and personal history.
 
Licensed since August 1959 in Dallas, Texas as KN5YAA. Worked all states as a Novice when there were only 49. Was a Navy AT3 Flight Radioman aboard Super Constellations ( Willy Victors ) in VW-13 over the North Atlantic. Operated many hours from Argentia, Newfoundland as K5YAA/VO1 and Keflavik, Iceland as TF2WIU during 1963 and 1964. Have been on some good field days but one of my best ever was from a set of gun bunkers over looking Placentia Bay in 1964 as K5YAA/VO1. One bunker was SSB and the other CW. All Collins gear with 2x4 supported dipoles on the cliffs. Several Coast Guard and Navy operators participated and local VO1 operators helped with the set up. CW was our passion in those days operating on the early warning barrier and from the hanger top stations in Argentia and Keflavik.

CW contesting remains my favorite part of the hobby. I really enjoy the many technical improvements in logging and contesting since those early, log by pencil and paper days provided by developers of many fine logging and contesting programs.

If you need an Oklahoma card or one from Rogers County, OK send yours along and I will reciprocate. I also try and put all my Qs on LOTW. eQSL has yet to send along their postcard address confirmation so I have that QSL method on the back burner for now. Never could get Authenticated via LOTW so looks like a very long wait if you expect a confirmation using that service.

I've been in Oklahoma since 1989 and spent ten years in central Missouri - a great place to raise boys. Before that I spent 35 years in the Dallas, Texas area. My son Mark is K5YAC and my XYL Carol of 50 years is K5YAB. We love the midwest, the people and the countryside. Will never go back to the big city - too much concrete. I spent much of my working life in business designing and manufacturing radio-telephone equipment for the land mobile and aviation industries. The FCC had a way of getting in the way at times as the Federal Government often does but I made a good living and had a great ride in my business years. Finished my working days in data engineering at American Airlines and Equant, a joint venture between SITA of Paris, France and American Airlines. I taught myself embedded chip programming and C C++ along with a half dozen other languages to compliment my hardware design capabilities. Wish I had learned software programming long before 1985. Talk about an easy and clean way to get things to do what you want them to do. Retired at 57 and have not looked back. Ham Radio is my life these days and I'm spending most of the hours of my days on some part of it.

Hopefully everyone else who has been in this hobby has gained as many friendships as I have over the years. The hobby has been good to me as it put me on my life's work journey. Hearing Radio Moscow in my 8th grade science class on a SX38 brought in by my good friend Mike Cracraft ( formerly K5WZB ) peaked my interest in radio. The rest is history after getting a novice ticket administered by W5BXV Harry Moore. He was an Elmer of mine in the early years in this hobby. Harry became a Silent Key in 2003. High School friends I am still in contact with include AK5X Bill Hammond and K5FSE Jack Nelson. Both are good CW operators and remain on the air today. Bill and I enjoy coffee together each and every morning as we look around the bands. Recently Bill, Pete, N5KD and Mark, KI0I came to my place and worked two days to prepare the latest antennas I am putting up at my home station. They worked hard to make sure I was ready. My thanks go to them for their unselfish effort. Its good to have such dedicated friends after 56 years in the hobby.

Some of my fondest memories of Ham Radio in Oklahoma include the many NAQP contests held at Ken Adams K5KA's place - now a Silent Key. Ken always had his station ready for action and had many FB operators from around the country come visit to play in the NAQP. He had several wins nationally for his Multi-2 efforts. I miss him and his enthusiasm for the hobby like many others do.

I managed the ARRL W5 Incoming Bureau for over 8 years and am a Past President of the Oklahoma DX Association. Also, an honorary Life Member of that group. Was the OKDXA Ham of the Year twice. I've been a member of the OKDXA since 1996. The OKDXA is a collection of FB DXers that meet at the local hamfests and have a DX Banquet each year usually in October.

Although my name is Gerald I go by Jerry on the air and in person. I have never learned how to use a keyer and when not using my computer to send CW I pound the brass with a Vibroplex bug or my Bencher straight key. Either is music to my ears.

Below are a few photos of my mobile station made up of a K3, a second K3 as a spare. A 800 watt Solid State amplifier makes up the RF part of the mobile. Two Tarheel antennas with three Honda generators two for backup, the third for running. I recently got me a solid state amp from an old time mobile operator most folks know. He sold it to me on the condition a CBer would never get his hands on it! I'm curently running with it in hopes it will improve the "quality" of my CW signal. A meager 30 watts out of the K3 outputs 700 plus. It is capable of a full KW which I may try if I really need that QSO or if I ever venture up to 75 SSB.

The picture with all the snow was the Oklahoma QSO Party 2010. It snowed several inches in the middle of March! Messed up both generators I had at the time. I have now built a cover for the running generator to keep the rain and snow out of the carburetor. Tested heavily in the 2010 Florida QSO Party when it rained buckets full in Northern Florida. The generator stayed dry!

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 My longtime friend K5KJ and myself in the Texas QP 2014.

 KI0I and myself after the 2014 Arkansas QP.

 KU5B Running them in Linn County Kansas - 2014 Kansas QP

The mobile as of April 2014 - HP Hustlers a plenty.

My newly installed Solid State Amp. A hummer.

The fan bank on my newly installed amp. Whir....

 

Me at the operating position.

K4BAI John Laney III my FQP2013 operating buddy.

The Elecraft K3 - a neat little radio with many contesting features.

Snow in the middle of March in Oklahoma.

The mobile trailer before the boards were placed around the perimeter.

A front to rear view of the current trailer installation.

My Dodge Caravan that has served me well.

For 6 Meter enthusiasts I was told this looks Cool. A M2 6M Loop.

Myself (Right) and my Texas and Missouri QP Operating Partner Erik N5WR

Erik N5WR doing some surgery on a TQP keying cable.

Erik N5WR Runnin' 'em in Barry County during the 2014 MOQP.

A few more photos of friends that love the hobby.

Mary, AB7NK and Husband Neil, K7SEN - Two avid County Hunters.

Bill AK5X, Me, Pete N5KD and their Lovely XYLs.

Paul N4PN - my 2014 GAQP and FQP operating partner.

KO7X Alan Brubaker - a Wyoming multiplier, dinner and 2014 7QP partner.

W0BH Bob and N4PN strategizing about the 2013 Georgia QSO Party.

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