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For a QSL information please see: http://ellmore.net/na1dx/qsling

My web site is at: http://www.ellmore.net/na1dx. I post recent radio station projects, DX happenings, and contesting information.

 

 

Antenna Setup as of 1/18/2014

 

#1 - Mosley TA-33 up 40' on AB-577 Portable Tower. Remote Yaesue rotator with MDC-1 digital rotor controller.

#2 - 245' Dipole fed with 450ohm ladder line and 4:1 BALUN at base of tower. Up 38'. I can reorient wires for 40m-10m Vee Beam around the tower.

#3 - Buckmaster 8-Band 160m-10m OCF 300w Dipole up 30' at apex and 16' on ends, long leg north and short leg south-south-west.

#4 - North to South 40m Vee Beam up 30' at apex and 16' on ends.

#5 - BuckMaster 7-band 80m-10m OCF 300w Dipole up 30' at apex and 20' on short end (east)and 16' on long end (west).

#6 - 17' Vertical with two 10" steel radials with remote AGC 100w tuner for 80m-6m. Works really well on 80m-12m.

I have 3 feedlines. MFJ Remote Switch 1 feeds #1, #3, #4. MFJ Remote Swith 2 feeds #2 and #6. I have #5 on a feedline for SWL and TX with KX3. It can be swtiched in with K3 radio easily.

 


2013 marked the return to active amateur radio for me. I operated only a little from 2002-2012, most of which was with the Explorers Radio Club NA3DX Field Day from 2008-2012. Sometimes you have to walk away and come back to gain a new perspective on things. 2013 was a good ham radio year for me.

I was first licensed in 1996 with a Technian license as N3XQP. I soon became a Tech Plus. When I made Advanced in 1998, I changed my call sign to NA1DX. By 2000, I made Amateur Extra, passing the 20 wpm code test. I enjoy DXing and radio sport. CQ WPX has been one of my favorite DXing related contests.

When I restarted operating in 2013, the focus was on QRP and DXCC. While I had worked more than 200 countries from 1996 to 2001, I had never chased down the QSL cards and filed for DXCC. With LoTW, I uploaded old logs and quickly found I had over 70 countries confirmed. By March 2013, I had DXCC! By the end of 2013, I was confirmed on 170 countries and earned:

- DXCC Mixed, Phone, QRP, 10m, 15m, and 20m

- WAS Mixed and Phone

I am now trying to earn DXCC CW, 40m and 80m. I am experimenting with some new antennas for 40m-160m, too.

During 2013, I have made more cw contacts than all the other years combined. I also did a number of CW contests in 2013.

I have had some great elmers over the years (K3NDM, N3HU/T6RH, N3MB, KE3Q, and crazy K3XZ to name a few) and I try to help others as I journey through amateur radio.

I enjoy both LOTW confirmations and QSL cards. As a computer scientist and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, LoTW is a great way to get quick contact confirmation satisfaction. I use eQSL, ClubLog, and QRZ as well. I don't make corrections to contest logs before sending to the contest officials. So, I never upload contest logs to sites until after I send in my contest log. I try to upload my logs to the contest officials immediately after contesting.

My station setup continually evolved and improved over 2013. January 2013 to March 2013 I used an Icom 703 Plus and and Icom 706MKII. I sold the 706MKII andaccessoriesfor an Elecraft K3/10 in March 2013. In June of 2013, I sold the 703 for the Elecraft KX3.

The Elecraft K3 (160-2m) & KX3 are great rigs. I use a SignaLink USB sound card for digital modes. I use LP-PAN2 with a Steinberg UR22 USB soundcard, LP Bridge and NaP3 for my K3 Panadapter setup. I use Ham Radio Deluxe for DXing and N1MM (including FlDigi) software for contesting. Most of my computers are laptops. I run Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems.

For higher power situations, I have a Heathkit SB-201 Amplifier with the 10m mod and the soft start key circuit. I have not used it very much, only since December of 2013 did I start to play with the amplifier.

From January 2013 to August 2013, my antennas were OCFs and inverted beams or dipole antennas, along with the DX Engineering COMTEK 17' vertical with a remote SGC-237 100w tuner. I tried a delta loop, but didn't have much luck with it close to the house. Since August 2013, my antennas include a used Mosley TA-33 Tribaner on a 40' AB-577 with a Yeasu DX rotor and digital MDS RC-1 controller. Since July 2013, I have also operated with the KX3 and a Buddipole setup at the beach and in the woods on hunting trips.

I operated QRP from Aruba from July 21-26, 2013 as P40DE with a KX3 and a Buddipole configued with the MFJ-1979 17' whip and Buddipole whips for radials.

In December of 2013, the Explorers Radio Club was formally rechartered with a newclub constitution and by laws. I will serving as club president in 2014.

 

73 and Good DX,

Doug, NA1DX

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