I am helping with the Heard Island DX-pedition - for news and information, please visit:
I have been a ham since 1973 (WN2QHN), went inactive from 1977 - 2001, and became active again (this time as a DX-er) in July, 2001. I made DXCC Honor Roll in 11 1/2 years with my own "little pistol" station, between the peaks of sunspot cycle 23 and 24. I have 339 entities of which 334 are current. Here is what I need now to get to Honor Roll #1:
It was very challenging from my hilly East Bay QTH:
I was stuck at 325 entities for a while, so sought out Dean Straw, N6BV's HFTA program. HFTA most definately got me "over the hump" because it told me why I seemed to miss the ATNO's that I needed for Honor Roll. Here is the affect that these hills have had on my DXCC "experience". You can see why anything in the NE direction would end up being "ESP" - for any DX that required a low take off angle:
The graph was produced by running my HFTA data files through Stu, K6TU's program that then visualizes that data in a 360 degree "azimuthal plain". A huge thanks to Stu for all his help! The entities listed on the graph show the ones I still need to make DXCC Honor Roll #1 - which is my main goal. A secondary goal - but very casually, is DXCC on 160M and 9BDXCC.
On 40, 30 and 15M I use a phased vertical array (Christman Fed and uses an Array Solutions Stackmatch II switch). It has 44 radials for each element and performs way better than I had expected:
In winter of 2014, I designed and built a 3 element 20M yagi with full sized elements on a 16' boom (5 dB and 23 dB F/B). It is very similar to the Hy Gain 203BA:
I am going to replace the phased vertical array and yagi with an N6BT "DXU-32" yagi - which has 3 elements on 20M and 2 on 40M on a 28' boom - most likely after K1N:
Tom and I are working on a very special design to optimize my AB-577 tower and use it as a vertical on 160, 80 and 30M. And now for the shack:
The K3, ACOM 1500 and AT2K make up the core station, and the Array Solutions Ratpack switch handles the antenna switching chores. I use Astron Linear power supplies.
I have a blog about ham radio, cycling and art at http://ky6r.wordpress.com I have presented at Pacificon for more than 10 years - and some of my past presentations are posted on the East Bay Amateur Radio Club's web site:
You can see that designing, building and playing with antennas and propagation modeling using HFTA consumes even more time than being on the air. Building at least some of my own stuff is still really important to me - call me "old school".
My photography and assemblage art is posted on Flickr:
I graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, moved to California and became Oracle's 127th employee - Gupta Technologies (SQLBase and SQLWindows) employee #30 and PeopleSoft's 400-something employee. I currently work in Emeryville at Lyris as a Senior BI Developer. I've been a Database Developer, DBA and Data Architect for 33 years. My LinkedIn profile is here:
I'm a proud member of L.O.A.D - the "League Of Armchair DX-ers". I like to work DX from my shack and with home brewed antennas in my own back yard. ALL HAIL TO THE LEAGUE OF ARMCHAIR DX-ers! - because we are the people who donate and otherwise sponsor DX-peditions, thus making it possible for the teams who do go.
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