Here is a panoramic picture I just took of the hamshack after finishing my test bench way over on the left. Right now I"m running an Elecraft K3 and K3/0 remote unit. The amp is an SPE Expert 1K-FA solid state jobber-doo that runs completely by remote control. I only have 2 HF TX/RX antennas up at the moment. The first is my Gap Titan DX vertical out in the orchard, and a Carolina Windom that is only about 20 feet off the ground that I use as an NVIS. I have a separate 80 meter horizontal loop about 10 feet off the ground that I use as my low noise RX-only antenna for the K3. I just got my building permit for my HDX589MDPL which will support my 4-el SteppIR 20-6 meter yagi. It will go up this spring after the ground thaws. Back in May of 2012 I built my K3 kit. In my 50 years of hamming I haven't had as good a receiver as this one is. I especially like the synchronous AM detector. I have always been primarily a CW operator, but my love of AM has endured as well.
Here's a couple of close-ups of the two operating positions. The upper is in the hamshack itself, and the lower is my remote shack in the library using my K3/0 twin. If you hear me on with a really big signal, I might be operating via remote from the club station I designed, which is about 40 miles north of me. If you want to see a picture of the antenna array at the club station, look up W7CNP here on QRZ.com
This is the test bench that Connie and I just built, which is where I do all my tweakin' and peakin'.
As for antennas, folks just can't believe that I'm not running some giant array. The secret is the location up here on the Naches Heights being a launching pad for DX propagation. Add to that, my vertical is out in the middle of our orchard above the support wires for the trees. In this part of the orchard that works out to over 9 acres of elevated counterpoise. That's huge! To give you some perspective, you could fit Yankee Stadium into this part of the orchard. Not the playing field, the whole stadium. That's a lot of elevated wire. I also have a US Tower HDX598MDPL just about ready to raise vertical. Once the building permit is signed off I'll be putting a 4-el 20-6 meter SteppIR yagi on top.
I began my passion for radio as an SWL back in 1958. I got my ham license while at Scottsdale High School back in the early ‘60s (WN7CNP – WA7CNP), and thoroughly enjoyed the tail end of the AM era. I also had the honor of being one of the guys who ran phone patches from Barry Goldwater’s place (AFA7UGA/K7UGA) when school was out for the summer. After high school I went to work at Motorola Semiconductors working alongside such notables as Roy Hejhall, K7QWR, and Helge Granberg, OH2ZE/K7ES, in the solid state power transistor product development group, and started my studies in engineering at ASU. I did Vietnam from ’68-’72 in the Navy as an electronics technician, and returned to Motorola and ASU, funded under the GI Bill. Here's a picture of me back in 1966 at the Maricopa County EOC in Phoenix.
I got married in ’74, and moved to San Diego in late ’76 (career advancement). I earned an MBA in ’79, and a Ph.D. in ’87. I did the professional ladder climbing routine (not all it’s cracked up to be), eventually landing in the Seattle area as the director of engineering for US West Cellular. In ’93 I pulled the ejection seat lever on all of that, and in ’94 I entered Fuller Theological Seminary, got my Masters in Biblical Studies and Theology in ’98, and was ordained in ’99. I did some hamming in Israel (4X/N6NR, 4Z85TA), China (BY1QH), and Indonesia (YB0ARN) while on pastoral internships. I now serve as a chaplain for the local fire department. On May 1, 2009 I came back out of retirement to replenish our depleted retirement account after the 2008 financial crisis. I worked as a project engineer for ADCOMM Engineering, designing and building public safety communications systems in Washington and Oregon. On January 1, 2014 I went back into retirement and finally left the engineering profession for good.
I still serve as a Technical Advisor for ARRL Headquarters since way back in 1976 evaluating manuscripts submitted to QST, QEX and NCJ, and spent several years on the editorial staff of 73 Magazine until it ceased publication (not my fault). My XYL Connie, W7CDO (pictured above), and I live on a 13-acre Honeycrisp apple orchard in Tieton, WA, 15 miles NW of Yakima, after having survived 20 years in King County, WA. Our son Lamar works at (you guessed it) Microsoft, and he and his wife have given us two gorgeous granddaughters and two rambunctious grandsons.
I still enjoy amateur radio as much as I did way back when, and recently retired as a tenor with the Seattle Opera (I’ll tell you on the air sometime about my years singing with a bluegrass/gospel group known as the Swept Wing Chicken Thieves. Wayne Green even sang with us once).
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