I have been on the air since 1962 and continue to enjoy ham radio. My father Bill and his brother John were first licensed in Philadelphia in 1933 as W3CYN. (My dad taught me the Code on a long road trip when I was 10!) I was mentored throughout my life by my Uncle John, KQ3E (SK) and legendary DX'er Jack Bock, K7ZR (SK). In addition to hamming, I do occasional volunteer radio work in Central and South America and with my local emcoms orgs. I am an admitted DX Hound with a DXCC count of 252, all using less than 100 Watts from the Pacific-Northwest USA. I am chasing 5-Band DXCC, needing "only" 40 more on 80 (which is why it remains to be seen if I remain a low power "purist"!)
I am a big fan of QRP - my rigs include an vintage Argonaut 509, Hendricks PFR-3 and an Small Wonder Labs PSK20 . I take one of these little rigs with me backpacking and all my other travels. The above photo was taken Sept. 2012 at a wilderness camp site on the Pacific coast of Wa (working a 9M2!). I often use QRP at the home QTH and have achieved QRP DXCC. A few years back I hatched the idea of creating a "QRP YouTube DXCC " playlist on Youtube to document the fact that DX can be had via QRP. I reached the 100 country goal on 24 Sept, 2012 and am posting new QRP countries as I work them. I continue to be amazed at how much DX can be worked with QRP; it never "gets old"!
The "QRO" section of K7HV consists of a Kenwood TS-590S that runs 100W. I JUST installed a 3 element 10/15/20 M Cubical Quad up about 36 ft/12 Mtrs on a roof tower. For all other bands, the antenna is a full sized G5RV @ 75 ft/25 M. You will find me on 80-10, mostly CW, although I do some flapping my of jaw on SSB and playing with digital modes.
I also enjoy playing bluegrass, blues and fiddle tunes on guitar, mandolin and autoharp. For me, music is like radio; it is an common language that brings folks together. It is ALL about having fun and "playing well with others"!
I have operated K7HV portable DL, I2, HC7, XE2, PY8 and as YN3JG.
QSLs OK via the Bureau, direct or LOTW - I upload ALL my QSOs - No eQSLs.
FISTS: #13108 NAQCC: #1759 ARCI: # 13744 10-10# 38518
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