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.
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.
MEMBER: ARRL, COOKEN ARC
Currently active on 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 10, 6 and 2M. Modes: mostly cw, some ssb, a little psk, rtty, FM.
CW: use Vibroplx Lightening bug, or keyboard.
30M, 17M, 10M: Monoband quarter wave ground planes (4 elevated radials)
40M: two phased qtr wave ground planes spaced a qtr wave; 8 elevated radials.radiating NE orSW, and when in phase, an omnidirectional pattern . Specs call for 3 db gain and 15-20db f/b. Bonus coverage: The 40M PA works fairly well on 15m through the tuner.
6M: 5 el Cushcraft yagi, 15 ft above ground. It's made over600 qsos with 24countries, & most states. My first qso EVER on 6 was on cw with KP4-land, using a 40M ground plane. That motivated me to get a beam.
160M-80M-60M:a twowire, 40' tall, qtr waveinverted L for 80 and 160M. 44 x 65 ft radials areuncoiled and laid in the grass once the grass mowing season is over! The 100w rig delivers 87 watts to the base of the antenna. As a bonus, it works FB on 60m.
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, without having to tune around. I rely heavily on the scope and the memory keyers these days, with a Vibroplex Lightning Bug for fill ins and general rag chewing on cw.
AMPLIFIER: Tentec Centurion dated 1999 with a pair of 3-500Z's still delivering 1000w on CW.
Back Up Rigs:Two complete FT-901DM and FT-902DM stations, now 34 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), FT-2400, to a 5/8 ground plane at 25 ft for 2M and 440mhz.
MOBILE: Active at times 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 mobile 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,contesting, 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."
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, and Dillon 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 30-70 ft high horizontal loops/40 ft inverted L antennas, or a5 element yagi for 6m. Total club activity for 2013 was nearly 10,000qsos. Not bad for a small club.
160 Meter Focus: 1/22/2015
The recent addition of an Array Solutions SAL-30 directional RX antenna has me prowling 160m a lot more in an attempt to reach DXCC on that band this winter. The new antenna does a nice job but its performance is not limited to 160. It performs similarly well on 80-60-40 too, with a genuine 20 db F/B, and on this IC-7600 xcvr that translates to 5-6-7 S unit F/B. Very neat to see signals go from in or under the noise to Q5 copy at the push of a button. My transmit capability is still through the TenTec Centurion amp (800w loafing) and a 40 ft tall qtr wave inverted L with 23x 67' ground mounted radials. See you on top Band!
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