Above Picture is of the Spiderbeam in use at P29VW, outside Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. Operation lasted from August 15 to August 25, 2008.
Home Station: Elecraft K-Line (K3 with 2 receivers, DVR, 2m transverter; KPA500 500w SS amp; P3 panadapter; KAT500 ATU) with Heil Goldline mic. Antennas: 20m-10m Spiderbeam (14 elements on a 33' boom), and G5RV for low bands; Backup rig, Kenwood TS-850sat.
Mobile: Homebuilt Elecraft K2/100 + KAT100 ATU; with either a Hustler whip, magmount, or Texas Bugcatcher.
Portable: Elecraft KX3, K1; Antennas (in addition to portable spiderbeam, transportable in a golfbag) a 43' Spiderbeam fiberglass telescoping mast for a vertical or Inverted L; a Superantenna MP-1 portable screwdriver, and Buddipole system
Recent Activity: Bicycle Mobile! Using the KX3 & 20m Hamstick. KISS method. Picture below is just after a contact with Japan running 5w (8 internal AA NiMh cells) from exactly this spot---no salt-water, no altitude, just propagation and timing!
Bicycle mounting for KX3: Could not be simpler. Using strong bungi-type rubber bands to mount rig to U type krypton bicycle lock that has a good clip-on/clip-off handlebar mount. Using bubble wrap to protect base of the KX3. See below. [With a Buddipole 4S1P A123 battery (fits in little pounch under seat) I can run 12w out for hours. Battery only weighs a few ounces.]
Vintage Rigs: Yaesu FTDX 401 system with FL2000B amp; [Yaesu FT301, currently with my son KD7QFS in Portland], and a good old Johnson Viking Valiant, and Harvey Wells AM/CW TX.
[Two Rohn self-supporting towers 48'/56'; TH-7DX & Hygain Quad tribanders. Not yet put up]
NOTE PREVIOUS PORTABLE OPERATIONS:
Portable in OR & WA: August 2 to 9, 2014. First, on the Oregon coast (Cape Lookout and environs, using KX3 and vertical antenna). Later at Portland, OR using KX3 + KXPA100 and my son's doublet antenna up 100' in the trees. Still later on Puget Sound (see photo below).
Alaska Cruise: July 26 to August 2, 2014, with Holland-America (ham friendly cruise line). A repeat cruise (see 2012 below), but this time it was a business trip. Call: PA/N6JW/MM with KX3 (up to 12w), and at times the matching KXPA100 amp/ATU (100w), using only Buddipole's 4S1P A123 battery (many hours at 12w and about 45 minutes at 100w), with magmount screwdriver whip antenna on observation deck.
Above Picture: Looking down on Juneau from Mt. Roberts tramway.
Field day 2014: K3+P3 (also KX3 & K2) with inverted L 43' Spiderpole @ 7500ft in the Angeles National Forest. 1B LAX. Used Honda i2000 generator.
Alaska Cruise, '12: August 2012, with Holland-America (ham friendly cruise line). Call: PA/N6JW/MM with KX3 using internal 8 AA cell NiMH batteries at 3-5watts SSB/CW with magmount screwdriver whip antenna on observation deck. Worked JA, VK, ZL, HI, SA/NA west & east coast. Last contact was with an /AA over Atlantic at 30k feet!
Scotland, '11: from 1 Sept, 2011 to 18 Sept, as GM/N6JW. Using Elecraft K2 & screwdriver portable vertical ant.
Lesotho, '11: Trip to Southern Africa, 16 Dec 2010 to 2 Feb 2011. Operation as ZS1WN in South Africa, and a week of operation as 7P8JW from the Maluti mountains in the country of Lesotho. There I had a multi band spider beam and an inverted L for the lower bands. I used my K3 + P3 panadapter. I am now working on QSLIng for 7P8JW, but you will have to be patient as I had to log manually as my hard drive crashed before arrival in Lesotho. It will take a long time, as I made about 3500 contacts from 7P8.
Hawaii, '09:February 2009. Maui and Oahu.
Papua New Guinea, '08: Operated as P29VW, outside Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea. Operation lasted from August 15 to August 25, 2008. This trip also included casual operation as N6JW/VK and ZL/N6JW from August 5 to September 14, 2008.
Field day 2007: K2 & Spiderbeam @ 7500ft in the Angeles National Forest. 1B, QRP Battery.
Florence, Italy '07: May 2007: Portable operation, using K2/100 plus random wire in trees. See picture below:
Portland, OR: Between Christmas and New Year 06/07 portable in Portland OR. K2/100 and Spiderbeam.
Australia, New Zealand and Kenya, '06: Summer 2006: June 19 to July 21 operation from Kenya. Callsign 5Z4JX. K2/100 with Spiderbeam (5band 14element wire yagi + 35ft aluminum push-up mast; all packed & transported in a golfbag. 16 flights in all during the summer!). From Aug 3 to 29 from Australia & NZ. In Australia operated my nephew's station near Brisbane; in NZ as ZL/N6JW.
Germany, '06: 17-28 March, 2006: operating as DL/N6JW from near Magdeburg, and Berlin, Germany. Rig was K2/100 and random wire ant.
UK & Italy, '05: October 12 to November 1, 2005 operation from UK (G/N6JW; mainly from Scotland as GM/N6JW), and Italy (I5/N6JW & I/N6JW in CQ WW SSB contest), using K2/100 and wire ant.
Europe & Africa, '04: Operated summer 2004 from Europe and Africa. I was on the air running the K2 QRP from various European countries (primarily Holland, Germany and Denmark) from August 3 to 29, 2004. And operated from Kenya with the callsign 5Z4JX from August 30 to September 14, 2004.
UK and Zambia, '03: Also operated portable from UK with an Elecraft K2 QRP transceiver, Buddipole/MP-1 & wire antennas from Aug 5 to Aug 27 2003; and from Zambia (9J2 in Central Africa) from Aug 28 to Sept 18, 2003. Callsigns used were G [or GW] /N6JW and 9J2JW.
I also still hold my original ham callsign, ZS1WN, Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa. First licensed in 1969.
Former permanent calls:
ZS1WN, Cape Town, South Africa, from 1969-1975 and again 1980- to present; ZS5WV, Durban, from 1975-1979; N8FST, Michigan from 1982-1992; AD6YW, for one day(!) in 2001.
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