My primary interests have always been DXing and Contesting. My interest in Contesting has decreased considerably so I now devote most of my time to DXing, and I still enjoy an occasional old-fashioned straight key CW ragchew. I favor CW operation, but do operate both SSB and CW. I was first licensed as N3AUE at age 36 in 1979. Previous stations and calls include: N3AUE - Maryland 1979-1982, KI3L – Maryland 1982-84, KI3L/5 – New Mexico 1984-89, KI3L/5 – Texas 1989-1996, N5LZ – Texas 1996 – 2004, and N5LZ/7 – Utah 2004 to present. Mendon, located in Cache Valley in northern Utah, is about 10 miles west of Logan and 20 miles south of the Idaho border. The elevation is approximately 4500 feet, but a 9000 foot mountain ridge 2 1/2 miles to my southwest (Mendon Peak on the Wellsville Mountains) does create significant terrain issues.(see the photo above).
My current antennas include: SteppIR 3 Element yagi with 30/40M element at 52 feet (see video link below), BigIR ground mounted vertical with 80M coil in the front yard, Alpha Delta DXA sloper for 160M on the tower, 160M inverted L in the front yard trees, and 80M inverted vee on the tower. My HF equipment includes: K3#1 with Alpha 9500, K3#2 with Alpha 89, FT1000MP with AL-1500, and IC756ProIII with IC-PW1.
My DX awards include Mixed DXCC Honor Roll Number One, SSB DXCC Honor Roll Number One, CW DXCC Honor Roll (I need 3 more - FR/J, P5, and ZS8), 9 Band DXCC (10M through 160M), and DXCC Challenge at the 2280+ level. A new personal goal is to confirm all 9 bands (10M-160M) from 100 different DX entities; I currently have 74 entities with all bands confirmed and 73 more that are just one band short, so I think the goal is reachable.
My best contest efforts were three W/VE Top Ten finishes in the ARRL Ten Meter Contest … all from South Texas in the mid 1990s as SO/Mixed/HP with my little 52 foot crankup tower and tribander.
Present and past club memberships include: Utah DX Association, Texas DX Society, National Capital DX Association and Potomac Valley Radio Club.
I am a 73 year-old retired Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. Following my retirement in September 2004, I returned to my home state of Utah, where I have continued DXing and contesting. I look forward to future contacts with old and new friends. My other interests include playing music (particularly the piano but also the four string banjo and a few other instruments), photography, and videography. I have uploaded several video clips of my playing here: http://vimeo.com/album/165171 , and links to a few of my videos are embedded below.
I occasionally drive up to the foothills site shown in the photos below for portable operation using a KX3, KPA100, and CrankIR vertical. It's only about 2 miles from the house (see the video below):
I promptly respond to all direct QSL requests that include return postage. About once a year I respond to all incoming bureau cards by sending a large batch of QSLs via the outgoing bureau. I do support LOTW (Thank You ARRL!!!), and have uploaded QSO data for more than 223,000 QSOs dating back to 1990.
73, Don, N5LZ
Here's a short HD Video recorded as my quadcopter circled the top of my tower:
I have a SteppIR BigIR installed in the middle of the front lawn and built a cedar box enclosure to partially protect the base from the elements and make it more esthetically pleasing. This short video made while flying the quadcopter around the base of the antenna shows how it blends into the surroundings:
The following video was made while I was running as W1AW/7 from my home station on 15 Meter CW January 8, 2014:
I recently purchased a CrankIR Portable HF Vertical for use with portable QRP operation. I made these two videos to demonstrate the simple CrankIR assembly and disassembly process:
Here's a video of portable operation near my home using the CrankIR and KX3. It includes aerial footage recorded with my quadcopter to better show the location in the foothills.
Several videos of pileups generated by the recent K1N Dxpedition as monitored from N5LZ with K3 and P3 panadapter:
Here's something else I do for fun when the bands are dead:
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