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############# WBØTEV/M 2014 TEXAS QSO PARTY ROUTE ########################

Once again I'll be operating as a Single-Op SSB-only Mobile in the 2014 Texas QSO Party, defending the 1st place titles in that category that I was fortunate enough to snag in 2012 & 2013.  

QRV primarily 20m/40m but also 15m/10m capable.  On 20m will typically hang out 14250-14260, on 40m first clear spot below 7200, 15m=21330-21340, 10m=28330-28340.  Will make a special effort to show up on 15m if I get any EU followers when band opens.  Every effort will be made to get on both 20m and 40m from all counties. 

Look for spots (and if you can, spot me and other Texas stations) at ch.w6rk.com. I may be on APRS as WB0TEV-9.  Route plan is as follows, times are best estimates, I could be ahead (hopefully!)  or behind these times.  I plan to start with a Hunt/Fannin county line run, hence the time overlap shown for those counties.

SATURDAY 27 Sept  All times UTC

HUNT (1400-1425),   FANN (1400-1444)

LAMA (1444-1523), DELT (1523-1548)

HOPK (1548-1620), FRAN #1(1620-1629), RRIV (1629-1654)

FRAN #2 (1654-1710), TITU (1710-1741), MORR #1 (1741-1751)

BOWI (1751-1816), MORR #2 (1816-1842)

CASS (1842-1907), MARI (1907-1932),  UPSH #1 (1932-1941)

CAMP (1941-2006), UPSH #2 (2006-2025), GREG #1 (2025-2037)

HRSN (2037-2104), PANO (2104-2129), RUSK #1 (2129-2136), GREG #2 (2136-2200)  QRT 2200-2300 for supper & gas.

GREG #3 (2300-2328), RUSK #2 (2328-2359)

CHER (2359-0029), ANDE (0029-0054)

HEND (0054-0119), SMIT #1 (0119-0200) may be on 3825-3850 kHz in closing minutes if 20/40 unproductive.

SUNDAY 28 Sept, All times UTC.

QRT 1400-1700Z

SMIT #2 (1700-1739), WOOD (1739-1800)

VZAN #1 (1800-1822), RAIN (1822-1837), VZAN #2 (1837-1900)

KAUF (1900-1922), ROCK (1922-1945), COLN (1945-2000)

Check out other folks route plans for the TxQP at http://www.no5w.com/TQP2014_AnnouncedPlans.html

and visit the Texas QSO Party web site at  http://txqp.net


***************  3DA0ET Dxpedition  *************************************

In November 2013 I was blessed to go on a DXpedition to Swaziland with K5LBU, ZS6RJ, VA7DX, VE7DS, VE7MID, ZS6BRZ, W5UQ, DL8JJ, GW4SKA, G8APB, K9APW and KL7GS,   While there we had a terrific windstorm that took down a number of our antennas, some of which we later repaired and pressed back into service.   I shot a fair bit of video over there and posted the storm sequence to YouTube. 

The series of 6 below cover that storm from onset to aftermath. Part 5 is the clip that actually has the fall of Hexbeam #4.  Enjoy!

3DA0ET Dxpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 1)


3DA0ET Dx-pedition: The Storm (Part 2)


3DA0ET DXpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 3)


3DA0ET Dxpedition Nov 2013 - The Storm (Part 4)


3DA0ET DxPedition Nov 2013 -The Storm's Fury (Part 5)


3DA0ET DxPedition Nov 2013 - The Storm After the Fall (Part 6)


*********WB0TEV/M in 2014 Oklahoma QSO Party Sat 22 March 2014********

I had a ball operating mobile from 21 counties across Southeast Oklahoma.  Thanks to all who worked me are were part of the over 600 QSOs that day. You can read my rather lengthy write-up on that trip at:


I  put together some Youtube videos from the DashCam I used to record the trip.  Here are a couple from the Love county pileup:



This one shows the crossing of the Canadian River on a very narrow old one lane bridge.


Note that the time stamp on the video is in CDT.  Add 5hours to it to get UTC. 


I got my novice license in April 1976 as WN0TEV. Got on the air in June of that year after putting together a HeathKit HW-16 with HG10B VFO with a 80/40 dipole. Some of my early Elmer's there in Grinnell Iowa were Darryl Stimpson W0IQJ(SK), Harry Mill WB0AGM (SK), Ron Ridgway (K0ETZ, now W7PHX) and John Wedlock W0ASU who proctored my novice exam. Not long thereafter the FCC decided that novices would no longer have distinctive callsigns and thus became WB0TEV. Went off to LeTourneau college in Longview Texas that fall and operated novice CW from the club station there which at the time held the call K5JEF.

The summer after my freshman year in college I drove up to the FCC office in St. Paul, MN and got my Advanced Class License. I would later upgrade to Extra in 2000.

While in college at LeTourneau I ran a lot of 3rd party traffic for the many missionary kids who were my class mates to their parents in South America on the old Halo and InterAmerican traffic nets that met on 21.390 back in the late 70's.

I began chasing DX seriously in mid 1990's and have achieved DXCC on Phone, CW and RTTY. Not on the Honor Roll yet but getting close.

I engage in some contesting as well, mainly the ARRL Phone Sweepstakes contest and various State QSO Parties.

Since about 2004 I have been a regular mobile participant in the Texas QSO party, activating 2 to 3 dozen counties in NE Texas the last weekend in September.

In November 2013 I was a member of the 3DA0ET Dxpedition to Swaziland. Had a blast! Hope to return to southern Africa again someday on another DXpedition organized by K5LBU and ZS6RJ.









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