I'm very proud of and excited about my first "real" antenna setup - US Tower HDX-555 (55' crankup and tilt-over tower) and SteppIR DB36 with 80M dipole option. I've put up quite a few wire, vertical and directional antennas on push-up masts and roof tripods over the last 39 years, but this is my 1st tower and first time having an antenna more than 35' off the ground. Getting the tower installed (especially getting a two-wheel drive forklift stuck in the dirt a half-dozen times) and then putting this monster of an antenna (200+ lbs with TiltPlate option spread across a 36' boom) on the mast with three trees and a large trellis in the way was a major undertaking. I hope I get a lot of years out of this setup because I don't ever want to do it again! Quite a few of my fellow Poway and San Diego-area ham friends helped, and I absolutely could not have done it without them.
I was first licensed in January 1977 when I was 13 years old. I lived in Huntington Station, NY and had the call WB2KIH. Interestingly, I got my Advanced class license on July 13, 1977 and failed the Extra exam by one question! Exactly 25 years later, on July 13, 2002, I passed the Extra exam and obtained my current call - NC6K.
I am active on HF and VHF, and am trying to gather enough contacts for 5BDXCC and 10BWAS (I need about 15 states on 6 meters - no easy task from DM13). I enjoy operating almost all modes, although CW is still my favorite. Lately, I've been working JT65 on HF and 6M, and it's pretty neat.
You can find me on the Mt. Woodson repeater (145.180-) when I'm not on HF or 6M. As of 3/27/16, I finally have a "real" antenna and tower (SteppIR DB36 on US Tower HDX-555) - the installation was something (see the photo gallery for pictures).
My current setup is:
XCVR: Yaesu FTdx5000mp / FlexRadio 6300 / FT-857D
AMP: Alpha 9500
ANTENNA: SteppIR DB36 at 60' (80 - 6 Meters) and 2M/440 vertical
RX ANTENNA: DX Engineering DXE-ARAV3-2P Dual Active Verticals and DXE-NCC-1 Receive Antenna Variable Phasing Controller (oriented SW to NE).
I am happy to QSL Direct, Via the Buro, eQSL and especially using LOTW. I still enjoying receiving and collecting paper QSL cards, so don't be surprised if you get a request from me. I promise 100% response to received cards, but be patient as work and family sometimes delay me a few weeks on the replies. If you haven't gotten a card back (for direct requests) in about a month, feel free to email me to remind me. I am a firm believer in the courtesy of returning all cards.
73 and hope to CU on the bands!
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