Most of my radio activity is from our weekend / vacation home in Canaan Valley, West Virginia Grid FM09ga, so you usually hear me as K4THE/8. My 'shack' is at 3700 ft (1130 m) elevation on top of Pointy Knob which is in the Monongehela National Forest area. We are next to a WV state park and near several wildlife preserves. It is a very electro-magnetically quiet area. We average 12 feet of lake effect snow a year, however we had 21 feet in the 09-10 winter. QTH is green arrow on map =>
This webcam is about 7 miles northeast and looks south into the valley.
and we are just off the image on the far right.
I currently have there a 64 foot long clothesline folded dipole for 40m + (storms took down the 80m horizontal loop and the Beverage) and my Kenwood TS-2000 with LDG Z-11Pro tuner. Jetstream JTWXVUHF SWR/wattmeter to check output. Using an old Astron power supply with 92 AH battery backup. I have a 40m horizontal attic loop in Charlottesville for QRP activity with PSK31, JT65, WSPR, Hellschreiber & CW. I enjoy rag chewing with interesting people and making new friends in DX countries. I have recently been playing with WSPR, primarily on 30m and making "contacts" with AUS and NZ using 1 W. see http://wsprnet.org for details on weak signal propagation reporter. Trying other digimodes too: Olivia, JT65A, RTTY, Chip64 - and soon CMSK. Controlling radios with HRD & DM780.
I have been spending a lot of time with JT-65A weak signal mode and comparing notes with W7YES. It is great for low power stations with simple antennas and performs in high noise levels. I use JT65-HF freeware by W6CQZ. See http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65-hf/ and http://groups.google.com/group/jt65-hf/about for details. There is a good article about it in the Oct & Nov 2010 CQ magazine and reviews on eham.net. Making contacts on 40m with Australia & New Zealand from WV is interesting! Since I do not have internet in WV, I have been using a BU-353 USB GPS dongle from USGlobalSat along with BktTimeSync freeware from http://www.iz2bkt.com/ to keep my PC clock very accurate. It also works with NTP internet time servers. Definitely not a high-speed mode!
I have Kenwood TM-D700 and Alinco DR-235 in the Subaru and also on the desk in VA. Have APRS in the Outback http://aprs.fi/?call=k4the-7 Also carry a TH-F6A.
I am still experimenting with the VA2ERY clothesline antenna. For more info see articles in QST: 7/1998 page58, 12/99 p64, 2/00 p61. Also see CQ 11/01 p28
QSL INFO: I am not particularly interested in collecting a lot of cards, however I do like special event stations. I am in the process of converting my manual log to ADIF files and will eventually post them to LOTW and eQSL. I will reply to any card received by the buro or direct, as I know many of you out there like "hardcopy."
My interest in radio began in the early 1940s with late night listening to AM radio on a Crosley car radio in a wooden cabinet and then with homebuilt crystal sets. I moved on to SWL and NDB hunting with a Heathkit AR-2 with Q-multiplier that I built when I was 12 years old, WW-II military surplus radios, several Radio Shack units and finally an Icom R-75. I of course l listened to the ham bands using the BFO and learned a lot about amateur radio from eavesdropping. I finally got my license (KI4BFM) in 2003 shortly before I retired and upgraded in the following years. I am an active member of our local AARC http://www.albemarleradio.org/
I was graduated from the University of Rhode Island with BSEE in 1962 and MSEEin '66. My thesis was on the Schumann Resonances. I was in the Army reserves then and later went to Vietnam in 1970 as a Captain running a special mission operations team. I spent my civilian career working in the national intelligence community as an all-source analyst. I enjoyed traveling to many countries running various projects and working with our allies.
Other interests included computers, martial arts, flying, SCUBA diving, weightlifting, back country X-C skiing, pistol & rifle marksmanship and archery. My XYL and I have been married 50 years and have two children in Colorado & two grandchildren in college.
73 Dennis Updated 12-11-12
Photo of the shack in WV
and the QTH as seen from Dolly Sods
and what I frequently do when not on the radio
and one of our friendly neighbors
and my helper in the shack IM4CAT
I recently sold my Ten-Tec Argonaut-V 516 to K4BAV - who will put it to good use - and i just can't wait until my new Elecraft KX3 kit gets here!
Here is the Charlottesville shack. You may be able to find the Kenwood TM-D700 & TH-F6A, Alinco DR-235, Old Icom IC-2 which will go into the club foxhunt TX and the Radio Shack Pro 2034 scanner.
And here is the 2007 Subaru Outback mobile.
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