DXCC SSB & CW: 20 - 17 - 15 - 10
ARRL DX Contest: 1st place in section: 2009 20M SSB; 2010 10M SSB; 2011 15 SSB; 2012 80M SSB (6th N.A.)
2012 ARRL 10 meter contest: 1st in Atlantic Division, 12th in NA
2014 MARKS 50 YEARS AS A AMATEUR
AMATEUR BIO: First lincensed in 1964 as WN8QBW. Pictured below is my first station a BC454 receiver with a home brew power supply and a Globe Scout transmitter along with 3 crystals and a 80 meter dipole. The station grew to a Heath Comanche receiver and DX40 along with the addtion of a 40 meter dipole and a homebrew 2 element 15 meter beam. By the end of my novice year I had upgraded to a Heath DX60B and a Mohawk receiver. As a new General with a new call I added a Heath Apache and SB10 to the Mohawk along with the XC6 & XC2 converters and a Heath Senaca for 6 & 2. The antenna farm grew to a TA33SR & Mosley A76S for 6 meters, a year later the Heath Warrior was added and I replaced the TX1 & SB10 for the Maurder. I felt I had put together the ultimate station until Drake introduced the T4XB & R4B several years later. I sold everything and purchased a brand new Drake line along with a Hy Gain 2 element Hy Quad and with the warrior sold purchased a Swan MKII. The HY Quad & Swan MKII are still used in my current station.
QSL INFO: Direct (no return money/stamps required) LOTW & EQSL(uploaded 1 or 2 times a week) VIA Bureau (cards received are returned via bureau approximately every 3 months.)
Rig: FT1000MP / SP6 speaker & Swan MKII Amp, MFJ 998 legal limit auto tuner for using quad with amp on 17 & 12. MFJ Giant peak reading Watt/SWR meter. MC60 mic boom mounted and Vibroplex Deluxe paddle, Heathkit HD15 phone patch converted for use as interface for digital modes. Heil Pro Headset & Heil foot switch for contests. On 6 meters is a Icom IC 551D / SP6 speaker, Teletec L180 180 watt amp with MFJ 906 tuner Watt/SWR meter & HM2102, Mic is a HD-10, MC60 or Heil Pro Headset with foot switch, on 2 meter weak signal the matching IC 251A is used. I use a Vibroplex Deluxe hand key on 6 & 2 CW.
Antennas: 2 Element Hy Gain Hy-Quad at 50 ft on a MA40 tubler tower with 10 ft. mast. A homebrew raise/lower & rotating device so tower rotates with rotor mounted at ground level. On 6 meters is a 4 element homebrew quad at 40 ft. A homebrew 18 element 2 meter beam is under construction. Seperate dipoles for 160, 80 & 40 at 75 ft.
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