Licensed in1962 at age 14. ex WA8FCM WV. ex DL4CM Bremerhaven 1967-1970.
US Navy CTR2 (Morse Intercept Operator) 1966-1970. In 1968, represented USA as Morse Reception competitor at the NATO Naval Communications Competition held in Bergen Norway. Pages 8 and 9 of the PDF file on the following link describe this contest and the selection process for USA competitors. http://www.navy-radio.com/manuals/bull-6812.pdf
Main radio interests: chasing DX and antenna building. Although licensed for 53 years, only started seriously pursuing DXCC award confirmations after retirement in 2008. Currently have DXCC awards for 10 bands, the most recent being 6M DXCC in summer 2015. First 6M activity occurred in 2008/2009.
Active on 160 meters since October 2008. Current Topband entity total worked is 242, with 232 confirmed. Need Zone 28 and 23 to have 40 Zones on Topband.
Current DXCC Challenge Total: 2713
Honor Roll on CW and Mixed. Not much of a phone operator, but getting close. Got a late start and still need 7 entities to have them all.
Current Antenna Farm:
M2 20M5 5 element yagi for 20 meters
Force 12 C31XR triband yagi for 20/15/10
M2 17M5DX 5 element yagi for 17 meters
Hy-Gain 125CA 5 element yagi for 12 meters
Hy-Gain 105CA 5 element yagi for 10 meters
Force 12 Delta 230/240 two element yagi for 30 and 40 meters
M2 6M7JHV 7 element 6 meter yagi
Low Bands: 4 x 160M Inverted L antennas with elevated radials. The QTH is a hilltop with steep drop off of terrain in all directions. Each inverted L is in a different quadrant of the hill overlooking the slope in the desired direction: NE/SE/SW/NW.
Receive Antennas: Hi Z Triangle short vertical array, 50' side spacing
NE/SW bi-directional beverage, about 520' long
DX Engineering NCC-1 phasing unit/combiner with two 21' verticals spaced at 65', each amplified at the feedpoint with a Hi Z high impedance amplifier.
Other receive antennas in the works.
Yaesu FTDX-5000 and FT-2000 with a Microham MK2R+ two radio controller.
Alpha 77DX and 76PA
Ameritron AL-1500; Ameritron AL-82 (2)
Amp Supply LK-800TNY
King Conversions SB220 for 6 meters
Custom built 8877 originally made by Jesse Paul Fox W4CBH (SK Nov 2012) for Zach Reynolds W4TXL (SK) http://www.zachreynolds.com/, grandson of tobacco tycoon RJ Reynolds. Paul Fox was a true craftsman knife maker who was well known in the knife collecting world. The mechanical construction of this amplifier is superb.
Thanks for the QSO. See you on the bands!
QSL via LoTW, direct or via the Bureau. Currently, I use Global QSL for Bureau submissions. I am way behind on bureau submissions, but plan to catch up soon.
73, Charlie N8RR
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