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Comet ISON. C/2012 S1 November 16th, 2013
Station equipment: Kenwood TS-2000, Kenwood TS-570S, and Kenwood TS-940S transceivers, MFJ-998 Tuner with a Kenwood TL-922A linear(currently running barefoot as I get this beast funtional). Signalink-USB for digital modes. HRD, DM780 version 6. The work horse of the group is the TS-2000. Currently running a 40m/20m/17m/(15m) home built inverted V fan dipole, 10m horizontal dipole, and a multi-band discone.
Direct, LOTW, and eQSL. For direct send me a QSL card and you'll get one in return.
My station is located at 6500ft(1981.2m) asl in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Royal Gorge area. Grid DM78hm. I have several mountains which rise above my location to the North East and due East. The surrounding visual horizon averages about 18º above actual. It is a high desert ecology with Piñon and Juniper dominating the landscape. We have a healthy population of cholla and prickly pear cactus too. Black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, western diamond back rattlesnake,elk, white tail and mule deer frequent the area.
I grew up around HAM radio with my Grandfather silent key WA8OBJ being heavily involved. He was an avid and accomplished DX'er. 40 meter dx was his favorite ham activity. If you have a QSL card on record with WA8OBJ I'd love to have a copy of it! An "old school" ham, he took pride in the fact that his station could wipe out half of the blocks tv and telephones.To my grandmothers dismay, he did inadvertantley scramble a television from time to time.
I got my start in radio with the U.S. Army operating some of the first SINCGARS to be issued. SINCGARS uses 25kHz channels in the VHF FM band, from 30 to 87.975 MHz. It has single-frequency and frequency hopping modes. The frequency-hopping mode hops 110 times a second! SINCGARS are still in use today. Recently, my interest in radio was renewed and I decided to give amateur radio a try. I recieved my Tech license in February 2013 and enjoyed it so much that I upgraded to general in April. My dad KD8UEK also licensed this year.
I play radio mostly in the winter due to my work schedule. In the summer I work 7 days a week from May-September. I guide whitewater raft trips on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge. The Royal Gorge is a 1200 foot deep canyon carved out by the Arkansas River. The "Ark" is ~1500 miles(2414km) in length with about 110 miles of it offering world class whitewater. The Royal Gorge is the last 10 mile section of whitewater dropping out of the rockies with some of the best class IV+ rafting in the world! See more at Colorado Whitewater Rafting
Other activities include Rock Climbing(my first love), Snowboarding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, and just simply being out in the mountains!
I also enjoy astronomy and astro-photography. I'm fortunate enough to live in a dark sky location and tend to focus on DSO's(deep sky objects).
Below: M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy. Taken through a 6" SCT. This is over 28 frames stacked.
Below is a pic I took of the 2012 transit of Venus back in June as the sun was setting. One of the very few solar shots I've taken. Venus transits across the face of the sun, from our perspective on Earth, are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena. The larger black dot is Venus. The smaller ones are sun spots. If you missed this one. Don't worry! You'll have plenty of time to get ready for the next one in 2117!
My astroimaging blog http://stellar-imaging.blogspot.com
Thanks for checking out my page! 73's from The Rocky Mountains, Jim
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