First became interested in ham radio in 1976, during the CB craze in the USA. a ham noticed my CB antenna and we had a discussion about a ham class starting soon at a local high school. 3 other CBer's and I took the class and received our General tickets, (WD8EMB) in 1977. I soon went back to Chicago and took and passed the Advanced portion (N8ACA) After studying the code, 6 months later passed my Extra Class, (NF8J)
Within a year I had a 75' tower, TH6DX and a Alpha 374. A construction frontend loader hit one of the guy wires and down came everything. Thru the insurance I upgraded to a 100' tower, stacked monobanders for 10,15 & 20 meters. By 1985 I had 285 DXCC countries confirmed. We built a new log home in the country and I sold everything. Dumbest move of my life..In 2005 after running into a old ham friend at a concert and discussing old memories, my wife suggested getting back into hamming after being off the air for 20 years. I started out with a used IC756 Pro and a R-6000 vertical. Within a year I had a 90' tower TH11DX and some wires for 30 and 40 and 80 meters. Back into contesting and chasing DX, current # 345 confirmed. Hope to see you in the next pileup or just have a QSO.
Picture: TH11DX antenna @ 30 meters, snow storm on 2-10-2013
NEW VIDEO OF WORKED ALL GERMANY CONTEST OCTOBER 2012 @Worked All Germany Contest 2012 - W8DA @ N8CC - YouTube
DXCC 345 MIXED, DXCC HONOR ROLL, 326 SSB, 317 CW DXCC - CHALLENGE-1450 - DXCC ON 6 BANDS - 40-132, 20-270, 17-252 15-256 12-169, 10-207, 80-58, 30-93.
If you need my QSL card, please include SASE. I also use ARRL LOTW and upload regularly. 40,120 qsos are uploaded from 1977 to present. 17,000+ QSOS confirmed on LOTW as of 8/15/2016.
My former calls, WD8EMB and N8ACA
Elecraft K3, 100w, ATU, 2.7 SSB, 500Hz CW, 250Hz CW, 2nd Receiver, DVR,
Elecraft P3 Panadapter, Elecraft W2 Wattmeter.
Elecraft KPA -500 Solid State Amplifier
Winkeyer USB. Ameritron Remote Coax Switch, Ham IV Rotator, Bencher BY2 Chrome Paddle
Yamaha CM-500 Headset
Hewlett Packard Laptop ,DX LAB LOGGING, N1MM CONTEST LOGGING
IC-V8000 (2) 2 METER RIGS
90' self supporting tower, Th11 DX , 11 elements, 5 bands
1/2 verticals, 1/2 slopers for 30 and 40 meters. .
80 meter 1/4wave vertica lw/ 1 elevated radiials, top 70' up on tower, radial 10' above ground, DX Engineering VFCCbox at feed point.
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