Member and past Secretary, President, FD Chairman, etc. (in the 70's and 80's)
||The picture above is from the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club (K6PV/6) 2010 trip to Santa Catalina (NA-066) for the IOTA program - we did 700 QSOs with two rigs over several days. N6HE at the key on 40M CW.
In 2011, 7 hams on the same trip (K6PV/6) did 1,247 QSO's with 3 rigs over 3 1/2 days on SSB, CW, and RTTY. We were on 160, 80, 40, 20, 17, and 15M. Plus VHF/UHF. Click here for a presentation of our 2011 trip: ( photos - videos - PowerPoint Presentation without videos ) See picture(s) below.
In February of 2012, 8 of us (N6HE, K6JW, NZ6L, AB9A, AI6DF, KG6WVF, K6DPY, and W6HIP) returned to Santa Catalina NA-066 and did 2,067(!) QSO's over 3 1/2 days on SSB, CW, and RTTY - basically a repeat of our 2011 trip - we had a blast; we even operated in the NAQP-RTTY and the CQ WW DX - 160 SSB events! Two active radios on 160-80-40-20-15-10 and VHF/UHF. Go to www.palosverdes.com/pvarc/2012Catalina.htm to see N6HE's PowerPoint Presentation to the PVARC on 3-21-12 (the PowerPoint pres on the web is without the embedded videos), and to see lots of pictures and videos.
2013's effort didn't get off the ground (or, more accurately, didn't leave port!) because of cancelled boat trips because of 9-11' seas and gale force winds in the Catalina channel. Ptui! Wait 'til next year! (Feb 19 - 23, 2014)
In 2014, 11 PVARC members again ventiured over to Santa Catalina Island (same operating plan) and made 1,840 QSO's: CW: 75, SSB: 1,330, RTTY: 410, PSK-31: 11, Satellite: 14. we worked all 50 states, 45 DX entities, and 19 CQ Zones. We operated on 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and VHF/UHF. Powerpoint presentation and pictures/videos is now on our website: http://www.palosverdes.com/pvarc/index.htm . It's under "Photo Gallery." We had a blast!
For N6HE, QSL to ARRL's Logbook of The World (very much preferred), E-QSL, ARRL QSL Bureau, or direct. I'll respond in kind. I QSL every QSO automatically (and quickly) to LoTW and eQSL, FYI.
Turned 71 in November, 2014.
Started as WN4LFP in Maimi Springs, FL on 12/7/62 with a Globe Chief and a National NC-188. My Elmer was Chuck Bolvin (now a SK) W4LVV, then K4KQ. WA4LFP in 1963 in FL and Atlanta, GA (Georgia Tech). WA2TEI in NY in 1969. W B 6 Jelly Filled Doughnut (9/26/75) in CA, then N6HE (8/12/77).
Rig is the fabulous TenTec Omni VII on CW, SSB, PSK-31, and RTTY. Love it, love it, love it!
Antennas: 80M: Hy-Power shortened dipole; 40/20/10M: Hy-Power OCF40 Off-Center-Fed Dipole; 15M: fan dipole shared with the 80M shorty. All are disgustingly low (about 25' up) but work as expected.
Just set up a new-to-me Alpha 87A RF AMP and wired 220VAC into the shack. QRO operation finally - life is good! Another new toy is the addition of a MicroHam MicroKEYER II radio-computer interface unit that "does it all" and replaced 5 boxes of keyer / voice keyer / PTT junction box / CW interface / FSK interface / 2 audio isolation transformers and about a half cubic foot of rats-nest wires and cables.
I love entering "RadioSport" events, especially on RTTY - I love CW contesting, too, but I can copy faster than my two poor little fingers can type, so it's more work, so I mostly Search and Pounce. Ditto SSB contests, even more so. I enter for the fun of it rather than trying to come out on top (or, truth be told, even near the top!) - although I routinely hunt for my missing band/mode DXCC countries. Low wire antennas, some CC&R's, and a huge close-in hill to my NE limit my competitive abilities. But.... hey, it's all a blast, yes?
XYL is Donna, W6DLD (since 2003 as a General Licensee), ex-N6HTH (1982-2003) and ex-KA6AKL (1978-1982). We were married on Field Day, 1966 (big mistake - er, I mean being married on Field Day, not on getting married in the first place!).
Graduated from Georgia Tech in 1966 as an RF-oriented Electrical Engineer. Member of TKE fraternity. Have worked for Pan Am (1962 - 1974) and Continental Airlines (1974 - 1982), and have been an independent financial planner since 1982.
I'm also an ARRL Official Observer and an ARRL Volunteer Examiner.
Other hobbies: Photography, scuba diving, and international travel (preferably, all at once!).
||Certified Volunteer Examiner with the ARRL