My secret DX weapon? Steeply sloping terrain under the antennas. As a result, my 8-element log periodic for 20-10 meters and 80-meter horizontal loop for 80-30 meters think they're up 200 feet. In reality, both are up about 60 feet but the ground drops off dramatically under both and slopes down in most directions for hundreds of feet at a 45-degree angle. It was 13 years ago that I moved to this QTH and discovered the benefit of sloping terrain. My DXCC totals really began to climb as a result.
The N4KZ station
I've been chasing DX on the ham bands for more than 45 years. I achieved 8-Band DXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, Worked All Zones and some others along the way. I have 345 countries worked and confirmed.
My ham radio story began in early 1969 when as a teen-ager and new novice operator I first took to the airwaves on 80 meters as WN4MEN. But within a couple months, I moved up to 15 meters where I immediately worked a ZD8 station on Ascension Island and got hooked on DX. The DX addiction has had me in its grips ever since.
I love talking with people on the air but like trying new things too. New bands, modes, computer software. For years, besides HF DX chasing I've been hooked on the challenges presented by weak-signal VHF on 6 and 2 meter SSB/CW/digital modes. On 2 meters, I have worked 40 states from Kentucky. On 6, I have worked all 50 states, all continents and 73 countries. (Guatamala, Sweden and Chile were my latest new ones on 6m.) I've even made some EME contacts on 2 meter CW. And many, many meteor scatter contacts on 2 meter SSB. By 1982, I had moved back to Kentucky from Michigan and received WE4K as my call. In 1996, the vanity call program was established and I applied for a 1x2 call and received N4KZ.
Along the way, I've been involved with QRP, HF mobile, tons of CW, public service communications, satellites and lots of digital modes on HF. And I love to ragchew too.
That's one of the great things about amateur radio -- it's a dozen different hobbies within a hobby. Bored? Try a new band or mode. That's what's kept me going for so long on the ham bands. Plus, I've made tons of good friends in person and on the air.
Ever been to the Dayton Hamvention? I have -- 39 out of the last 40 years.
I QSL direct, via the bureau or LoTW.
73, Dave, N4KZ
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