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Updated 10 May 2015

Born in Owensboro, KY, I was first licensed as a Novice (WN4TTE) in 1964 and then Conditional (WA4TTE) in 1965. I moved to Newburgh, IN in 1967, where I held WA9VZM and upgraded to Extra just before Incentive Licensing established restricted frequencies. After graduation from college, I relocated to the Dayton, OH area in 1972 and was issued WB8MKZ. W8FN was issued in 1978 in the original wave of vanity calls and has remained my call since. In 1997 I relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area. From 1997 to 2005 I lived in Parker County west of Fort Worth. In 2005 marriage moved me to Arlington, TX. I expect to remain in Arlington for a few more years, but eventually hope to move to a better radio location after retirement.

My primary interests are CW contesting and DX. I do the best I can with a good SO2R station and very limited antennas from a small 0.2 acre lot in Arlington, Texas. The station performs well enough in domestic contests that I have placed first in the North Texas section in Single Operator Low Power class in ARRL CW Sweepstakes for the last four years, winning the West Gulf Division title in that class three of those years. I hold 5BDXCC, WAZ, and 6 meter VUCC awards. My current DXCC total is 347 Mixed, 335 CW, 259 Phone and 48 RTTY. I am a Life Member of ARRL and also belong to DFW Contest Group and Lone Star DX Association.

 

Primary Station:

Elecraft K3 transceiver with KRX3 second receiver

Elecraft P3 panadapter

Elecraft KPA500 amplifier

Elecraft KAT500 antenna tuner -- used primarily for matching 80 and 160 meter antennas

Elecraft XV144 2 meter transverter

TE Systems 1410G 160W 2 meter amplifier

Secondary Station:

Yaesu FT-1000D (soon to be replaced by a second K3-P3-KAT500 combo)

Antennas:

Tree mounted 160 meter inverted L, approx. 30' vertical and 95' horizontal. Using a K2AV Folded Counterpoise in lieu of radials

44’ vertical with top hat wire for 80 meters (used as mast for 40 meter and 30 meter antennas). Multiple radials; expect to add more this fall and winter

40 meter inverted vee at approx. 48' apex height (shares mast with 30 meter antenna)

30 meter PAR EndFedz with feed at approx. 45' (shares mast with 40 meter antenna)

3 element SteppIR on Create 10' roof tower mounted on roof of two story house -- approx. 35' high

Triband 10-15-20 dipole at about 20' -- used mostly for 2nd radio in SO2R contest operation

S9V 43' vertical fed with SGC SG-230 antenna coupler. Just a few radials installed; used mostly for Diversity receiving

Cushcraft 13B2 for 2 meters at approx 32' (on same mast as SteppIR)

Pixel Technologies RF PRO-1B magnetic loop for receive

 

Station control and switching is done with a microHAM MK2R+ 2-radio controller and a pair of microHAM Station Masters does antenna switching and other associated control functions for each radio. A microHAM Double Ten antenna switch selects any one of up to 10 antennas for each radio. For single radio operation the alternate antenna selection from the Double Ten switch can be fed to the receiver so that different transmit and receive antennas are available. The second receiver antenna is very useful for Dual Diversity reception using the second receiver of the K3, especially on the low bands. I have designed and built a considerable amount of custom control circuitry to control receiver antenna switching and other station functions. The station continues to evolve.

I use DX4WIN as my daily logging program and N1MM Logger for contesting.

 

I QSL primarily via Logbook of the World, although I'm happy to respond to old fashioned paper QSL cards as well.

Hope to see you on the CW bands and in the contests!

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