On air name: Mac
The station in my loft, the picture below right, consists of an Icom IC-7600, Heil PR 781 mic, Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier and LDG AT-1000ProII tuner used primarily for SSB. For the digital modes including CW I use an Icom IC-7300.
I also have a secondary station in my living room next to the wood stove, an FT-897D, MD-100 mic, Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier and LDG AT-600ProII tuner. I use a Yaesu FT-857D, Little Tarheel II and TurboTuner, 6 thru 75 meters, mobile.
I operate all modes and bands and you will often find me working with the IC-7300, JT65 using WSJT-X @ 5-30 watts and JTAlert companion software, BPSK31 @ 5-30 watts and CW using Fldigi. While JT65 is not for everyone the results can be very satisfying as shown on the 40 meter contact with VK7RB and the 160 meter contact with YV4DYJ, both confirmed on LOTW.
HF antennas include a NA4RR Hex Beam, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters, 75 meter dipole and a 160 meter full wave loop. I use the loop working digital modes on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters. It is resonant on 40 and 17.
Here are the plots of SWR for the Hex Beam using my LP-100A meter and LP-100 Polar Plot by Larry Phipps, N8LP
One of the surprises of a loop is finding the resonant bands. Here are the plots of the 40 Meter Digi, 40 Meter Fone, 20 Meter Digi, 20 Meter Fone and the 17 Meter band on the 160 Meter Loop with NO TUNER. (535 ft fed with 450 ohm ladder line into a 4:1 balun).
The mailing address is Hillsboro but I am physically located in Seebert, 2 miles east on the Greenbrier River adjacent to the Greenbrier River Trail, Mile Post 45.8. The address on the QSL card was pre-911 maping change.
Seasonal population: 43 winter & 85 summer
Lat 38.1281 N Long -80.1769 W 2072 ASL
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I enjoy traveling around our beautiful county and especially the Monongahela National Forest as well as the remainder of Nature's Mountain Playground. Please support the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument.
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The Special Event Station W8W was on the air during the period Aug 7, 2016 through Aug 15, 2016 to highlight the Watoga State Park Mountain Trail Challenge, a 5K walk/run and 1/2 Marathon both held on Aug 13. Contacts were logged on QRZ.com and were uploaded to LOTW on Aug 15. QSL cards will be completed and mailed as soon as possible.
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news, upcoming events, HF and VHF nets operating within the State and more.
I am a Vietnam Vet (1966-1970) and life member of the VFW
I married my high school sweetheart on August 6, 1966 and we had 41 wonderful years together. Shelly died on November 25, 2007.
The picture of her was taken at the Miami Beach Marina, Miami Beach, Florida on Columbus Day, 1991 while we were living on our boat.
We returned to West Virginia after being gone for many years in September 1992 after surviving hurricane Andrew on August 24, 1992.
Cherish every day ..... it may be the last one.
All contacts are logged on QRZ.com and uploaded to LOTW. I had so many BOGUS requests from people not in my log for confirmation on eQSL that I finally deactivated the account. If you need confirmation and do not use LOTW send me a card and I will return one. NO SASE required.
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