BELOW ARE SOME PIX FROM MY YEARS LIVING AND OPERATING IN HAWAII (2001-2012)
G3TXQ-style cobweb homebrewed at my Volcano QTH:
Part of my antenna farm at dusk:
View from my first KH6 QTH where I actually worked 82 countries on 6 meters in less than two years (between 2001-2003.
My first DX contact was with Ecuador on an HO Loop sitting on my deck railing while looking at this gorgeous expanse of ocean!
Mark Twain Estates, Na'alehu, Hawaii.
Here I realized that I had become (by the choice of my location) the "Southernmost 6 meters operator in the 50 US States" as I was the only active 6M ham in the area.
Na'alehu calls itself "The Southernmost Community in the United States" and is approximately 300+ miles further south than Key West, Florida (My QTH at BK29eb was at 19 degrees North Lattitude).
Volcano, HI (BK29jk) where I lived the last 6 of my 11 years in Hawaii; it rained forever (almost):
Old Hawaiian philosophy:
My trusty 6M5X that I have used since 1998:
NH7RO DX STATS
85 DXCCs (November, 2001 to October 2011) Antennas used: M2 HO LOOP, 6M5X & 6M7JHV Yagis, 100-1200w PEP SSB
Last Cycle 23 new countries worked: October, 2003: CE0Y, V31, YS, 8P9 , HL, VK7, and P49.
Last Cycle 23 DX QSOs, April 9-12 2004; VK4ABW, VK8MS, VK8RH and heard-only: T33C/B and T33C.
1ST CYCLE 24 DX FOR ME IN BK29: FK8CP 50.110 SSB 5X3 at 0805z 9 April 2011; my report was 4x1 with 100 watts and my 5 element Yagi
Also worked VK8RR, VK8MS and E51CG the following evening (E51 83rd DXCC on 6). F2 Propagation returned 7 years to the day!
16 September 2011 I worked A35CT (Tonga, my #84) while he was running 5W to a HO loop at 20 feet above the ocean; 5x2 to 5x9 reports exchanged. Thanks for the great QSO, Craig; 100% copy both ways!
3D2R (Rotuma) worked around 0900Z Oct. 4th '11 for #85 and my last new one from Hawaii.
(still awaiting cards from: ZD8KW and V31PC)
WAC: 6/6 50 MHz Phone WAC May 2002
ZONES: 25/25 50MHz WAZ #058 March 2003
GRIDS: 420/450 50 MHz VUCC #1233 400-grid endorsement Feb. 2004.
Thanks to Cesar, HC3AP, for FI06--my last Cycle 23new grid worked--November, 2003. E51CG in BG08ct 1st new DXCC /field / grid Cycle 24
BEST TERRESTIAL DX: ZD7VC 16,810km via F2/TEP, ZD8KW 15,649km F2 path and PW0T14,352km F2 path
BEST LONG-PATH F2; F6GEX 27,767km
Also worked seven EU-KH6 long-path openings between 16th March--8th April 2002, including: CT3, EH, EH8, DL, F, I, IS, LZ, OE, OK, OM, SV, S57, UR, YO, YU, 9A, 9H, and 5B4 (shortest lp @26,073km). Heard ZR5ADQ CQ on 12th April but not wkd.
NH7RO'S SIX METER FIRSTS FROM KH6 (all QSOs confirmed):
EA8: (Canary Islands) EH8BPX 18 March 2002
FJ: (St. Barthelemy, FWI) FJ5DX 13 March 2002
PY0/T (Trindade & Martim Vaz) PW0T 01 March 2002
TG: (Guatemala) TG9NX 19 May 2002
TI9: (Isla del Cocos) TI9M 01 March 2002
UR: (Ukraine) UR6IM, UY9IF, UT7IY, 16 March 2002 (A miraculous 3-minute opening close to 1AM local)
MEMBERSHIPS: SMIRK #6176, UKSMG #2232, Western States Weak Signal Society
My first Moxon, built for ten meters during the summer of 2010:
144 DXCCs worked between June, 2010 and April 2012:
JA, LU, PY, KP4, YN, TG, FM, FG, 6Y5, W1-0, VK2-8, HK, E51, CE, XE1,2, TI, HC, 9W2, YC, FO, CX, ZP, HP, PJ2, PJ5-6, HI, 9W6, KH2, YV, PJ7, ZF, D4C, 9Y4, 3D2 (Fiji), 3D2 (Rotuma)PJ4, BD, HS, BV, RA0/UA0, VE1-8, VR2, FY, KP2, P43, HC8, DV, 8R1, AH0, V6, ZM, 5W0, KL1,7, 6V7, OA, CP, ZL8, V3, VK9N, J6, HH2, T30, 8P, D2, J88, H44, 4A4 (XF4), V25, EC/EA8, CU2, HR5, FK, DS1, VP5, V73, T32, 3DA0, ZS3-6, T31, P29, 4W6, A35, HL, EB, YJ0, HK0 (San Andres), VP9, CT1, 7X4, J3, Z21, CN8, VK9C, MW0, F5, IW, ON, HZ1, DO7, 4Z5, TX7M, FR, 3W, EY8, ZK2X, V85, C5, VP2, CM, H2-P33, YP3, UT, V26, ZD8, KH7, 4O3, OM, OH-OG, RA,OK, OE, CE0Y, C6, PE1, SM2, T2T, 9N7, VP8, J79, ZD7, 9L0, GM, SP, S59, YL, G0,T8, V63, VK0, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo), XW3, JT5, V55, E51M (North Cooks wkd with 3 watts ssb; my very last QSO from Hawaii!)
My simple but effective 100w solar power setup:
43 DXCCs worked between September 2011 and April 2012:
ON, TF, TG, ZD7, 4W6, TI, EA8, VA, KH2, FM, JE, NH6, E51, T32C, EA9 (Ceuta), V3, VK9C, CU7, FG, VP9, PJ5, ZK2, VO1, YN, D2A, XU7, T2T, ZD8, HC8, VR2,VP8, T88, HS0, J79, CO, ZF2 DU1, VK2-7, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo), C21, FW0, HU2 (YS)
My 12M, 15M, 6M and 17-meter antennas can be seen in this ultra-wide angle shot below:
130 DXCCs worked since mid-2011 to April 2012
CP, KH8, HC, CO, YB, 4W6, FP, 8R1, 3D2 (Rotuma), BV, VR2, OH, T32, CT, YS, G4, V47, TX7M, 3W, OX, HL, VK9C, 8P6, VK0, ZF, XE, BY, DX, W6, VK, WH2, VP5, KL2, CR2, GI0, ZK2, EI, ED, OK, ON, DC, NH0, PJ4T, TI, VE, P43, CE, KP2, TO5, A52, JA, CV (CX), UN, EY, ZM, LU, PW, 9M6, KH6, FY, RA0, YY8, ZD8, XU7, VP8, 5W0, C91, FO, J79, V3, T88, J67, E51, FM, VP2E, ZD7, FR, FG, HI8, C21, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo),TN2, J38, FW0, VP9, TO3 (FJ), HR, KG4, V25, ZS, J69, HK3, J88, VP2E, NH2, 6Y1, C6, OA, PJ7PT (100th DXCC wkd 8 March 2012), 9Y4, TG9, PJ2, V21, SV2, HA4, D44, JT5, HS0, 9V1, 4X9, H22, LX7, 9A, S51, CN2 (5D5), EE8, TM1,7 (F5), NP4, V5, OQ, IU9, E7D, HF3 (SP), ED9, ZP5, YO4, YL2, E51M (North Cooks), J52HF (last 15M QSO from Hawaii)
My 17M homebrew Moxon atop a 33' New Wave Portapole:
68 DXCCs worked between December, 2010 and February, 2012:
CX, YS, JR, VK, 9M, 3D2, BM, JD1, T8, ZL, FM, XE, CE, KP4, V31, H44, VP8, S9, HC, J6, TG, CO, VR, LU, JA, WH2, FO, PP, 4A4 (XF4), UA9, VE3, T30, J73, OX, CU, PJ2, FP, TE8, VU4, CT, GM0, VP5, OK, M0, ON5, HB9, C21, KH4, DL, 5N7, 4W6, LZ, T32C, TX7M, TU, HC8, J79, ZD8, FS, 9L0, VK0, WH0, TI, HL, 6Y5, VP2E, HK0 (Malpelo), KG4
The 20-meter rotatable folded dipole I built with fiberglass, PVC couplings, 18 ga. copper wire and mounted atop a 35-foot tall piece of bamboo cut from a neighborhood grove:
61 DXCCs from mid-March 2011 to April 2012:
E51, ZL, PJ7, LU, 8P5-6, FM, CE, P40, UP2, OL, YL, YQ, 9A, S53, V51B (18,674km, my best DX on 20), KH2, CE9/RI1-CE9/KC4, 9Y4, ES5, VP6, P29, IK (IK4GRO was my first QSO made an hour after finishing the assembly of my new K3/100 25 June), LY5, ZK2, V21, T32, D44, UA0, FO, ZR, JY, 8R1, FR, ZD8, VK, JA, CX, TX5, VE, OG, SO, S57, VQ5, K6, KH6, VK, VP8, PJ2, 6Y5, FK, C21, 6V7, VP2E, PZ5, PT5, CR3, BV0, DU1, CQ8
My old (1984) Butternut HF6V converted to an HF5V with two-dozen buried radials:
12 DXCCs from Nov 2010 to March 2012:
4A4 (XF4), XF1,T32, YB, XE, VE, K3, JA, KH7, NL7, C5, CE
Other interests include lapidary work (cutting turquoise) and BMW motorcycles, both passions I've held since the late 1960s:
Assembling some Elecraft gear was more enjoyable than I ever imagined!
When I fired it up the very first time it passed the "smoke test." Yippee!
After the smoke test I installed the 100-watt PA module as well as the sub-receiver:
Attaching the long ribbon cable inside the P3:
Delving into building the KPA500.
All ready for the hefty toroidal transformer now.
To anyone considering building any of Elecraft's kits I can now wholeheartedly recommend the experience!
Thank you for visiting my QRZ page!----Jeff, NH7RO (now /W5)
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