HyGain TH11dx; Log periodic, 5 band, 11 elements at 75'
Carolina Windom at 45' and an exercise in silhouette
A little beauty in Iowa, and Hank taking a break
Born and lived in San Francisco for 30 years. U.S. Air Force 1966-1970 as an electromechanical tech. for aerial camera's on the SR-71 reconaissance aircraft. Almost died several times during the Vietnam war, but unlike many of my brothers who served, it was due to having such a good time. Graduated Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley 1974, a little grad school (Clinical Psychology). Left the rat race 35 years ago.
Now a bachelor living out in the prairie lands of Iowa with Hank my canine friend. Was married, raised four kids - did the white picket fence, and apple pie program.
Out here in the country: I grind lenses/mirrors-build telescopes; do a little astrophotography; play with the radio, and maintain a weather station (above for wx report from station N0VTZ). I like to play chess, but there are few out here that play the game. Write a bit of metaphysical poetry, and am a student of history and the human drama.
Mars 2003 Lunar 2004 Jupiter2004
Radio emphasis is on HF DX using phone & digital modes, with the main transceiver being a Yaesu FT-DX5000d. A Kenwood TS2000 is used for monitoring vhf/uhf and as backup. An Ameritron AL-82 amp is available when needed, feeding into aHyGain TH11DX antenna at 75 ft. A Carolina Windom antenna at 45 ft. is used for 30, 40, 80m., and general applicatons.
I do occasionally operate remotely. An emachine netbook computer with wifi or any intenet connection is used to access the home station computer, which can control all station functions (except the amplifier). Ham Radio Deluxe is the CAT software for the station computer. Teamviewer and Skype software are used for the control and audio integration of the remote netbook with the home station computer. The webcam microphone of the emachine generally functions well as the remotes microphone. I have sat in a rocking chair at a friends 35 miles from the station, and worked Tokelau Island on 12 meters with the little netbook in my lap. I use an alfa spid rotator, which is also controlled remotely.
Although this station has worked 290 countries, verifications are as follows; I am an ARRL member in good standing with DXCC ( 248 mixed, phone, digital, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10M. bands) and WAS. With EQSL, http://www.eqsl.cc/Member.cfm?N0VTZ, have eDX100 (178 mixed), eZ40, ePFX300 (834), eWAS (mixed), and eDX. Use LOTW and eQSL almost excusively for verification.
---------- Latest Countrys Confirmed ARRL; Ogasawra / Lakshadweep Is. ----------
I am retired now, with a small business to make a few extra dollars Making a living here is less about money, and more about attempting to bring good and peace to my neighbor when I can.
In the midst of the vast and quiet prairie; there is an ample opportunity to practise "Virtue", and to experience-nurture a quiet mind.
And so, good and peace to you, whoever you are, 73's.
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