The first picture is of my 2x17el M2 2m yagis used for EME and other 2m QSOs. In September 2010 I began 2m EME using the WSJT digital mode JT65B and made over 100 initials in 29 DXCC with a single 17 el M2 and no elevation. In March 2011 I added a 2nd 17 el M2 plus an elevation rotor. I use an FT736R, ARR GasFet preamp and a home brew 2x4CX250B amplifier built from plans in the 1973 ARRL Handbook which gives me a bit over 600 watts output. The addition of the 2nd yagi is a major improvement and I now have 2m WAC and can see the light at the end of the tunnel for WAS and eventually DXCC. I did a bit of CW EME on 2m many years ago. On 6m I have 7/7 and 1.2 KW and have been heard on 6m EME but I have yet to make a QSO. I do hope to have over 300 watts on 432 before long.
Picture number two is looking north at my QTH near the top of Dry Hollow Mesa at 6000 ft above sea level.In the back ground is the Hogback at up to 7200 ft ASL about 6 miles to my north and beyond that is the Flat Tops at over 11000 ft ASL at around 20 miles. I'm on a high spot in the middle of the valley and 600 ft higher than the Colorado River and I-70 that are 3 miles to my north and surrounded by mountains to over 11,000 ft. My worst takeoff angles are around 3 degrees.
The third picture was taken in 2007 on a hike to Peakaboo Arch above the San Juan arm of Lake Powell Utah which is formed by the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado riverwith 10,885 ft Navajo Mountain in the background and the lake elevation is 3600 ft ASL. My foot is on the alligator rock.
I was first licensed as WN8TTN in Akron Ohio in 1954, W8TTN in 1955, W0KEA in 1965 and N0KE in 1997. Even after 57 years in the hobby, over half my yearly QSOs are made on CW. I got into contesting after discovering that it was a lot easier to work DX in a contest situation. Later it was for the competition. I enjoy QRP and QRO. I presently have equipment to operate from 160m thru 1.2 GHz plus 10 GHz. I enjoy the VHF contesting as well as HF. I have 43 states and 45 countries on 2m, and WAS, WAC and 112 countries on 6m. I am doing EME with WSJT on 6m and 2m.
On HF I have worked all the current DXCC but have not chased all the QSLs. I have 322 DXCC worked QRP and have been chasing DX on 80 and 160 with QRP as well as the other bands and have DXCC of 323 QRP. I am 71 and retired after teaching skiing and doing many other jobs at Vail for 35 years. I have done some offshore contesting from KH6SQ, ON, PA, VE3, 4U1ITU, TI5N, PJ2, PJ4 and J3 and hope to do more in the future. In the 1999, 2000 and 2001 CQWW WPX CW I operated TI5N to first in the world for QRP single operator AB. In May 2002 I was part of a group (plus W1XE, CX6VM and W8QZA) that entered the CQWW WPX as a multi-op QRP entry. We made over 3200 QSOs and 7.7 million points and beat a fair number of high power M/M stations. We have been trying to encourage the ARRL and CQ contest directors to add power classes for multi-op contests.
Thanks to Keko, TI5KD, for the fine station to operate from on my many visits to Costa Rica and to Terry, KH6SQ, for allowing me to use his QTH on Maui.
One of my most remarkable 6m QSOs was working longpath with my Icom 706 mobile with 100w and 1/4 wave to JS6CDB PL36 while parked in DM13rb near Julian CA.
In January 2006 I moved to a new QTH 3 miles south of Silt CO, DM69em, in Garfield County in western Colorado. I am on 8 acres near the top Dry Hollow Mesa at 6000 ft ASL and antennas are under construction with 6 towers plus a Hytower vertical and VHF/UHF antennas on a Glen Martin roof tower with more projects in the works. The picture is looking north and the Flat tops are in the distance. On the mesa it is 600 ft above the Colorado River and I-70 3 miles to my north but there are peaks to 11000 ft (3200m) that are visible from the QTH within 15-25 miles (24-40 km) in all directions. Fortunately the valley is a big one for western Colorado and the effective height of a 60 ft tower up on the mesa is more like 150 ft or 50m. The land slopes gently downhill for a mile or two in every direction from the mesa but SW where it is 100 ft higher one mile away.
As you can see from the picture of my 2 el KLM 40 I do get some wind! I had a 55 ft "self supporting" crankup tower blown over in a wind storm. I no longer beleive them to be self supporting and guy them at the top of the first section.
It is proving to be a good QTH for radio. It helps to be able to run some beverage RX antennas although I have to keep them above Elk and Deer height as I have lots of four legged visitors in the winter.
Wildlife besides deer and elk are bobcats, turkeys, bald and golden eagles etc. There is a nesting pair of bald eagles near my water well in a big cottonwood tree. As for QSLing I am finally getting logs to LoTW and more are coming. I just recently sent in 5000 TI5/N0KE QSOs. I have not answered buro cards in sometime but I plan to catch up. I do not do EQSLs.
The picture below was taken in September 2008 when I replicated a hike near Zermatt Switzerland that I had previously done in 1966. I hope to compare pictures from that first hike with this one to see the difference in the Glaciers on Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn. I was also able to operate from the station of Mario, HB9IRM, on this trip. On the 1966 trip I operated from 4U1ITU for my first experience as being DX.
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