First licensed 1953 KN2DGT/ Novice Class, Levittown,Long Island,N.Y.
1958 Extra Class Call K2DGT
1971-1975 held Extra Class call, W6PLH San Diego, CA.
Requested and received current call W6PU in 1975.
I QSL Direct and do not use a bureau, so if you need my QSL Please send a self addressed envelopewith return postage or an IRC.
My QTH is on a 20 acre isolated hill top at six thousand feet, with the nearest neighbor one mile away.
I had all power lines placed underground when I had my home built, so it is a dead quite location for DXing!
I love experimenting with antennas, and chasing DX, as well as entering some contests
I consider myself as being semi retired from the "knock down, drag out" contest activities at K2DGT ( May 1960 QST )
as well as my guest operator stints at Multi Op Contest Stn. K2GL in the 60s and my efforts as W6PLH and W6PU, in the 70s and 80s
however, I still enter some contests just for the fun and excitement of them.
With the loss of my dear wife Carol to cancer in 1993, I lost all interest in life,
retired from my position at General Dynamics , went QRT, and moved away to
the wilderness of the Arizona Desert, attempting to escape from the memories of places where Carol and I had been together.
In 1994 I found the Lord Jesus, and asked Him to help me!
The Lord brought me out of my shell, and I met a kindred soul and
married my current wife Jean in 1996. Jean encouraged me to resume my
hobbies and helped me to search for the "dream Ham Radio location" which
we found together in 1997, here on the isolated New Mexico high plains horse country with no covenants, or radio restrictions, and located Approx.130 miles South-East, of Santa Fee. Near the little town of "Springer". See vaious Sat. Maps such as Google.Earth.
I am constantly up dating my antennas for DX/Contest work, and as of 12/08 they are as follows:
160 Mtrs. 1/4 wave pyramid Vert. GP with 50 1/4 wave.Gnd.insulated radials. Continuing to add more radials every time I buy a new 500Ft spool of wire-HA!
Several multi band Long Wire antennas up to 1100 Ft long, which cover all directions.
80 Mtrs 1/4 wave Vert. GP with 65 1/4 wave ground insulated radials.
I Plan to modify these to 2EL End Fire 0r more" switchable" Phased Arrays for 160 and 80 this Spring, or whenever the wind dies down and it warms up, and the spirit moves me to play with something else.
40 Mtrs Wide spaced 8 EL ( 300 foot. Nylon rope boom) "switchable" back and forth, at operating position , EU. or ZL ," Double Driven" Quagi
consisting of five full wave loops in a three sided delta configuration, and three hanging half wave vertical directors.
This array is vertically suspended beteeen two guyed wooden masts Using heavy nylon rope, and as EU DXers will tell you,it's loud-Ha!
have room for rhombics, but to lazy right now, but lots of extra room, when the spirit moves me-Ha!
All of my 40 Mtr arrays are fed on a vertical side of the full wave driven delta loops. As you may guess, 40 is my most fun dx band.
all of them are vertically polarized, and have switchable directivity by the flip of a switch at the operating position which controls remote switching relays at each of the full wave delta arrays.
The vertical take off angles are very low, with high surpression of high angle
local QRM. As with all vertically polarized arrays, very low angle radiation is
achieved with the base of the loops being only seven feet above the ground. Unfortunately, tried taking photos , but found that the antenna wires
get "washed out" agains the sky
Using Radio Moscow on 7125 Khz as a signal source, I measure a foward gain
of from +16dB. to +18dB over my Reference vertical dipole,
with a 30dB front to back when switched.
From the side the 8 element Eu / ZL looks like a curtain, but it's not exactly a Duga -3, Yet - Ha! .
East - West, 8 element Double Driven vertically polarized fixed switchable ,for two directions , Quagi, using three full wave Delta loops and five hanging Yagi half wave vertical directors
On a 280 foot nylon rope boom. This array produces Approx. 15 dB forward gain over my reference vertical half wave 40 Mtr. dipole, with a F/B
ratio of -30dB when switche
What's a "Quagi" ? A Quagi is a combination of two or more full wave loops with 1/2 wave Yagi type directors out front. My test measurments,
indicate that the QUAGI array generates greater forward gain and shows better Front/Back and Front/Side figures, than either a a single Yagi array, or a full wave quad or delta array!
Although the present horizontal beam width is somewhat broader, it lkets me work all of Europe , Russia ,and the Middle Eastern areas.
I learned DX and contest operating, from listening to the champs, to learn when to break away from the top of a huge EU or JA pile , up
in order to Hunt ,at the expense of QSOs , for those low power rare counties.
This was way before there was computer " spotting" of the rare DX, and or new multipliers, which in my opinion, defeats the whole point of testing ones operating skill and experience against their peers!
I feel that using ones computer to locate new contest multipliers is a form of cheating, but it's common place in our present contesting environment,
which is why I no longer send in my contest scores. To each their own, I guess-Ha!
I despised super high power Amps , we al l knew who they were! RF electronic scanners, and most especially the DX pakets which IMO, negates IMO, the skills learned by ones contesting experience .
At K2DGT, my Long Island QTH, The 40 Mtr. band sounded like 20 Mtrs when DXing with that Telrex prototype,
wide spaced, 3 element rotary at 80 feet-Ha!
Thinking back, I can remember listening to a friend working DX on 20 Mtrs using his KW and 3 El. rotary, and trying to compete using my 807 and home brew vertical GP-Ha!
Hope that you enjoyed reading my Bio. as much as I had fun writing it, and recalling all of those great DX operating memories.
Continuing my antenna farm discription:
For South America, Africa, and Asia , 4 element, side fed, wide spaced " dual driven ( phased) Deltas Loops" ,suspended from a 75 Ft nylon rope boom,
Each array is supported by guyed 4x4 wooden masts.
Side feeding, the full wave delta loops produces a low angle vertically polarized, pattern which can then be switched in one
of two directions such as long path Eu. over ZL, or short path Eu. which causes the signal off the back of the array to just disappear!
these full wave delta arrays have instantly switchable directivity from the operating position.
They produce Approx. +13 dB forward gain over my omni directional, reference, 1/2 wave vertical "test" dipoles ,
This raises your
received signal from an apparent 569 to a 589 and sounds like you switched from using 100 watts to your KW Amp!
When switched, they show a front to back of 25 to 30 dB which is 5 to 6 S- units on my Rcvr's S Mtr.
By using only 4 elements, I have intentionally widened the Horiz. beam width for broader coverage, while still maintaining a high forward gain and F/B ratio.
I'm still experimenting with these and plan to add additional half wave
vertical directors while increasing the boom lengths, and observing just how much the horizontal. beam width narrows.
I have continued to add a wire mesh ground screening beneath these antennas to reduce any ground losses, although the actual
water level ground on this 6000 foot hilltop is hundreds of feet down
Winds at this QTH often hit 70 MPH to 100 MPH, so I decided on fixed multi element wire arrays for 40 Mtrs; rather than the full size 2 EL rotary
quad that I used for 40 Mtrs in San Diego, or the 40Mtr. 3EL full size Telrex Yagi, that I put up at K2DGT in 1957.
20-17-15-10- Original design, Five element rotary " Double Driven" Quagi. This uses two full wave loops, and three home brew, four band band, Yagi directors, on a 45 foot boom.
This i is a modification of the W6PU 4EL Double Driven Quad, that was first published in the December 1983 issue of CQ Magazine.
My main tower is a U.S. Tower Co. 589MDPL (motor driven self supporting) five section 89Ft. tower with 12Ft. top mast. This tower sits on a 15 ton concrete base.
Current rigs. Icom 761 and TS830s backup, driving an AL 1200 Amp, with my old faithful 4-1000A Amp. as a standby / backup.
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