I'm an active contester and make about 15,000 QSO's per year. I'm also in a fairly rare county (Burnet) and as a result receive quite a few QSL requests. If you're planning to send me a card here is how I handle them: All cards will be answered by the same mode received. A SASE assures you of the quickest reply - normally within 24 hours - but is not required. All QSO's made from Burnet County are uploaded to LOTW monthly. Logs for N5AW/0 (Archuleta County, CO) and my 1996 3C5A DXpedition are also on LOTW. Due to a high level of contest activity the past few years I have received an unusually large number of bureau cards and I am behind in answering them. They will be answered but it may be a while. If you are in a hurry go to LOTW or send a direct card.
I'm a big fan of LOTW with over 239,000 QSOs loaded and over 86,000 "QSLs" including 5BDXCC and WAS on 7 bands.
I was first licensed in 1955 as KN5ABV. I became N5AW in 1976. I have also held WA6CLR and VE6CGS. Primary interests are DXing and contests.About 80% of my contacts are on CW. I enjoy the challenge of low power and never run more than 100 watts output from my own station. I only need North Korea to reach the top of the CW Honor Role. I received 5BDXCC #386 in 1974 and now have endorsements for 10 bands. I recently completed 200 zone 5BWAZ and have single band WAZ on all bands from 80 through 10 meter CW. I made my first RTTY contact in August 2008 after acquiring a K3 and have now completed the "Triple Play" and have 200+ countries on RTTY.
After I retired from Mobil Oil in 2000 my wife Judy and I bought a small ranch (268 acres) in the Texas Hill Country. We built a new home complete with antenna farm on a hill top. It is a tremendous improvement over any of my previous locations. I have 5 towers: 137, 134, 94, 75 and 40 feet. They support various yagi and wire antennas including a 40 meter Moxon, 4 element SteppIR, 3 element SteppIR, two stacked 4 element 20 meter yagis fixed NE, a 7 element M2 six meter yagi, an array of 5 sloping dipoles for 80 meters, and a 40 meter lazy H pointed NW-SE. One tower has six elevated radials for 160 meters and I have two beverages - NE and NW. The 94 foor tower is a recent addition not shown in the photo. It has a rotary 6 element OWA 15 meter yagi on top and a second at 61 feet fixed NE. It also has a 5 element 10 meter yagi at 50 feet fixed NE.
My dad got me interested in radio at the age of 11. I got my novice at age 13 (KN5ABV) and my dad followed soon after with the call K5EAU. He is now a silent key but my XYL, Judy, got her license so she could keep his call in the family. Our son, Bret, holds KA5NTD but is not active.
I received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in 1967. Most of my career was spent working as a geophysicist for Mobil Oil. My work required extensive travel and I've had a few occasions to operate as DX: OA4U, HZ1AB, K5ABV/KL7, N5AW/NH6, N5AW/NP2, SM0/N5AW, and 3C5A. I was also a competitor with team mate N4TZ at the 2010 WRTC in Moscow (R31D) and have been selected as a referee for WRTC 2014.
Other interests include nature photography with an emphasis on wildflowers (I'm a Texas Master Naturalist), hiking, cross country skiing, and woodworking.
Here is a more recent picture of me in the shack (September 2013). Radios are a K3 and an Orion.
We spend two or three months a year at our second home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I bring gear from Texas. Last summer it was an IC706 and an ATS-4 QRP rig. I also have the capability of operating my Texas station remotely with a K3/0. Below are pictures of the station and antenna (a Butternut vertical). I also have a 20 meter ground plane on the roof.
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