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 lifeIn 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 meters. Back into contesting and chasing DX, current # 338 confirmed. Hope to see you in the next pileup or just have a QSO.
TH11DX antenna @ 30 meters, snow storm on 2-10-2013
www.nf8j.com is my website with info and antenna pictures, log book. Thanks for visiting.
NEW VIDEO OF WORKED ALL GERMANY CONTEST OCTOBER 2012 @Worked All Germany Contest 2012 - W8DA @ N8CC - YouTube
DXCC 338 MIXED, 316 SSB, 289 CW DXCC CHALLENGE-1133, DXCC ON 6 BANDS - 40-117, 20-230, 17-202 15-205. 12-116, 10-162
If you need my QSL card, please include SASE. I also use ARRL LOTW and upload regularly. 23,000+ qsos are uploaded from 1977 to present.
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 , HRD, PSK, 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.
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