Top photo shows Ohio contesting QTH from 1981-1995 with KT34XA tribander (best antenna I ever owned.) at 56 ft., near a hilltop. Not shown are HyGain 204BA monobander and DB 10-15A duoband yagis back up antennas.
Middle photo shows OHIO QTH since 2009, looking East at the xyl's vegetable garden with 40m switchable 2 el. phased array beaming (1) NE or (2) SW or (3) in phase omnidirectional pattern. Also visible on an E-W plane, along the south side of the garden, are: monoband groundplanes for 10-17-30m.
The lower photo shows the latest QSL card. The graphics are via OH7RF c. 1973, who I worked as ON8UD. Always thought his qsl caught the essense of contesting! Tnx Jack!.
W3HKK: licensed since 1956, the second holder of this call, all time. RCC, WAS, Bicentennial WAS, 5BDXCC. Former DX call signs: F7AL ( 1965-67); 5A3TG (1967); 9G1GS (1969); ON8UD (1972-73); PY8/W3HKK (2004)
USAF Veteran: AGE/MARS - 1965-68; stationed at: Lackland AFB, TX; Chanute AFB, IL; Phalsbourg AB, France (F7AL); Wheelus AB, Libya (5A3TG, MARS); and Travis AFB, CA (MARS.)
Graduate of: Northeast High School, Phila., Pa. 1959; & Penn State University 1968, BSEE.
CAREER: 1969-70: Seismic oil exploration with Western Geophysical/Litton Industries - in TX, LA, W. Hounslow, England; Cork, Ireland; Lisbon, Portugal; Accra & Takoradi, Ghana (9G1GS); Douala, Cameroun; and Rio, Belem, Sao Luiz, Fortaleza, Recife, Santarem, Manaus, Itacoaciara, Oriximina, Obidos, Amapa, Brazil. 1971-1999: Fire Protection Engineer/Regional Engineering Manager, Kemper Insurance-HPR Dept/NATLSCO; in Pittsburgh, Pa; Liege, Belgium; Syracuse, NY; and Mansfield & Beachwood, OH. Society of Fire Protection Engineers: past member; Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and Board Member of the Central Ohio Chapter, SFPE;
National Fire Protection Association: Past member, NFPA 8500 Committee - Boilers/Furnaces.
Retired from Kemper Insurance Companies 11/1/99, as Regional Engineering Manager, Cleveland Office, NATLSCO.
Current Home QTH: Licking County, OH. (since 2009)
Dec., 2004: Portable in Belem, Para, Brazil,from LABRE's club station, and from PY8AZT's FB QTH. Tnx Luc!
July 1996 - May, 2009: Summit Co., OH
June, 1981 -July, 1996: Richland Co. OH
Dec., 1975 - June, 1981: Onondaga Co., NY (RAGS)
July, 1973 - Dec., 1975: Liege, Belgium )(UBA)
Sep., 1971 - Feb., 1973: Allegheny Co., PA.
Nov. 1970 - Sep., 1971 Lancaster Co,, PA.
Jan. 1969 - Nov., 1970 Texas, Louisiana, England, Ireland, Portugal, Ghana, Cameroun, and 1 yr. in Brazil (Belem, Manaus, Amapa, Obidos, Santarem, Itacoachiara, Sao Luiz, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, Rio)
Jan. 1965 - Jan., 1968 Texas, Illinois, France, Libya, CA., Pa. March, 1956 - Jan., 1965 Phila., PA.
Currently active on 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 10, 6 and 2M reconstructing the antenna farm on 3 rural, flat, nearly treeless acres. (Note: Ive planted over 25 trees and -being an optimist - am religiously fertilizing and watering them! Grow, baby, Grow!
Modes in order of activity: cw, ssb, fm, psk, rtty.
Monoband quarter wave ground planes for30M, 17M, and 10M ( all with at least 4 elevated radials) and for 40M: a pair of phased qtr wave ground planes spaced a qtr wave with 8 elevated radials Main lobes areNE, SW, and when in phase, an omnidirectional pattern . The remote switching relays are coming soon. It's a 250 ft jog out to the base of the antennas. Specs call for 3 db gain and 15-20db f/b.
Bonus coverage: The 40M PA works fairly well on 15m through the tuner.
On 6M, I use a 5 el Cushcraft yagi, a modest 15 ft above ground. It's made over 400 qsos in two Es seasons, to six European countries, various Carribean islands, 43 states including the entire West Coast (beaming through the house). My first qso EVER on 6 was on cw with KP4-land, using a 40M ground plane. That motivated me to get a beam. Next step is a taller mast or tower.
In winter I use a two band inverted L for 80 and 160M. (drove a ground rod next to the only tree in my back yard, and slung a single coax fed pair ofqtr wave inverted L's for 80 and 160M with the vertical portion now raised to 40' (formerly just 15 ft high) and the far end is 24 ft ( formerly 7 ft.) high. It's 44 x 65 ft radials will be uncoiled and laid in the grass once the grass mowing season is over! Actually the inverted L is TWO inverted L's with a common coax feed ( 225 ft of RG-8 and RG-58 coax - 9 pieces of left over coax dating back 30 years- soldered together.) Every now and then the John Deere tractor chops off yet another piece that I patch with left over coax. Goal: use all old coax before buyingmore. Note: The rig still delivers 87 watts to the base of the antenna, and asbonus, it works FB on 60m (US, Europe, Central and South America).
RIGS: ICOM 7600 ( 160-6m) I like its' dedicated keyboard usb'd into the front panel, for psk, rtty, and memory programming ( But why not cw too?) No external software is needed for those modes. The built-in tuner handles up to a 10:1 swr! And the spectrum scope is very useful to see when bands are open, withouthaving toturn around. I rely heavily onthe scope and the memory keyers these days, with a Vibroplex Lightning Bug for fill ins and general rag chewing on cw.
Back Up Rigs:Two complete FT-901DM and FT-902DM stations, now 32 years old, including monitor scope, external vfos, external tuners and speaker/patches. Both xcvrs aresolid state except for the driver tube and a pair of 6146 amps, The 901/902 xcvrs were former state of the art rigs back in the 80s and were heavily used in DX contests, racking upTop Scores in W.NY and Ohio sections over multiple years, as well as #2 in all of 8-land with a score of over 1 million points.
Software: Logger 32, HRD, and N1MM.
VHF/UHF Home Station: IC-207 ( 2+ 440), TS-22AT, FT-2400, IC-25A, to a 5/8 ground plane at 25 ft for 2M and 440mhz.
MOBILE: Active on 40-20-17-15-12-10 ssb, and 2m/440 FM, in that order. Rigs: TS-50S + AT+ Clearspeech DSP Speaker ( GREAT!) , running 100w ssb to Perth Outbacker or Hustler antenna; IC-207 ( 50w FM) to 5/8ths Larsen magmount for vhf/uhf. Best DX was VK6 on 40 ssb. Also worked numerous ARRL SSB DX Contests while driving from Ohio to Myrtle Beach, SC, making 200-250 contacts on 10-40M. However, logging was a problem. Still, it was great fun and wonderful way to spend a 12 hr drive.
Hobbies: DXing, mobile operating, antennas; gardening; travel; astronomy; fishing; wine. As a famous french philosopher ( ex:F6VIN) once said, "I've forgotten the village. I've forgotten the girl. But the wine was Chambertin." Ahh, the French sure know their priorities!
CLUB CONTESTING/SPECIAL EVENTS: In recent years Ive spent more time with the local club -COOKEN: (WW8OH, W8TNX, W8FD) operating various events in a multi-op environment: CQWW 160M Contests ( both CW and SSB), the ARRL 6M VHF Contest, Field Day, the Ohio QSO Party, and Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) Contestfrom Buckeye Lake State Park, to name a few. Special Events include Arbor Day from Dawes Arboretum, and John Clem Day from a Licking County Historical Society site. Operations are mostly from portable, mostly rural parks, barns, etc. using 100w xcvrs and 70 ft high horizontal loops/40 ft inverted L antennas, or a 4 element yagi for 6m. Total club activity for 2012 will be well in excess of 5000 qsos. Not bad for a small club.
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