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QSL: EQSL.CC(AG) OR LOTW ONLY - PAPER QSLS RAN OUT

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Hi folks, just a quick note about QSLs.  I ran out of the paper kind, but if there's enough demand I'll see about printing some up.  LOTW is what I prefer, but I send my log to eQSL, as I know there are many that use it extensively.  I also upload to the QRZ log for those who use it as well.  I update to LOTW and eQSL every day that I'm on the air and put things in the log.  I update my QRZ log a bit less frequently.  Send me an email if you don't see a post to the log right away.

Here is a panoramic picture I took of the hamshack just 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 2K-FA solid state jobber-doo that runs completely by remote control. 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 Gap Titan DX 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  4-el 20-6 meter SteppIR yagi on top of my US Tower HDX589MDPL crankup.  An 80M Carolina Windom hangs off the side of the tower and terminates on a 35-foot wood pole at the other end.  It's a sloper when the tower is all the way up.   I also 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.  It also sits over the support wires in the orchard...very quiet.

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. 

For 14 years I served as a chaplain for the local fire department. I am now a chaplain for the Washington State Patrol and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Police. 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, 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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - N6NR
Latest Contacts for N6NR at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KK7H 2015-07-24 30M JT65 DM37he United States MICHAEL C HAMNER
WA6JBZ 2015-07-24 30M JT65 DM13jn United States Richard M Wetzel
KM9R 2015-07-23 30M JT65 DM09aj United States MICHAEL J CLARK
NS3L 2015-07-23 30M JT65 FN20hq United States STEPHEN J NORDAHL
JA1HLF 2015-07-23 30M JT65 PM95us Japan Susumu Hirano
K7XFM 2015-07-23 30M JT65 DM33wp United States Robert J Murray
KD0S 2015-07-23 30M JT65 DN94vk United States JAMES D ZAHRADNICEK
JR1EVO 2015-07-23 30M JT65 PM95qo Japan Takashi Ishihara
N6VH 2015-07-23 30M JT65 DM12mt United States JAMES C PRESTON
JA2GSV 2015-07-23 30M JT65 PM95fa Japan Masashi Takagi
7K1PTT 2015-07-23 30M JT65 PM96xv Japan HIROFUMI YOSHIOKA
VK6DW 2015-07-23 30M JT65 OF88aa Australia Ian Cook
JA3CHO 2015-07-23 30M JT65 Japan
JA2ATE 2015-07-23 30M JT65 PM85jh Japan Seiji (Iku) Morishima
WX7MB 2015-07-23 30M JT65 DM43do United States Mark A Bales

Book Totals: 19420 qso's   7503 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#8329
Granted: 2015-04-17 17:25:05

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band CW
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    20 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
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  • 20 Meters Digital
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  • 5 Band Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
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United States Award#1078
Granted: 2015-04-17 17:25:03

Endorsements:
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
  • Mixed Digital
Grid Squared Award#6998
Granted: 2015-04-17 17:20:03

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 40 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
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    17 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    10 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 80 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#1792
Granted: 2015-04-17 17:20:02

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 40 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    10 Meters CW
    Mixed CW
    Mixed CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
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