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Summits on the Air (SOTA) photo above taken 29 November 2016 on Mt Wellington VK7/SC-001 near Hobart, Tasmania Australia. It was cold up there! Tasmania is also Islands on the Air (IOTA) OC-233. The KX3 was used with my homebrew 5 band trapped End Fed Half Wave (EFHW) wire completed May 2016 via an 81:1 impedance ratio transformer. Several other SOTA actvations were completed in NSW.

Trustee for N5FOC, High Desert Telegraphy Club and special callsign for First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) operating events.

W5FOC social weekend will be held in Santa Fe 12-15 April 2018. The 2014 W5FOC weekend was held here too and I'm in the process of updating that Website for 2018 at  https://sites.google.com/site/w5focweekendsantafenm/   The link also provides visitor information you may find useful if visiting the area.

QSL's: LOTW is preferred. Otherwise, QSL via Direct only please. A self addressed envelope is appreciated but no currency or IRC's needed.

Chronology: KN1FVS & K1FVS Norwich, CT (May 1963/8th grade - Jan 1976); K1JD Old Lyme, CT (Jan 1976 - Jan 1977); Lyme, CT (Jan 1977 - July 1982); K1JD/KH6 Honolulu, HI (July 1982 - Dec 1983); K1JD Lyme, CT (Dec 1983 - June 1996); K1JD Portsmouth, RI (June 1996 - Sept 1996); K1JD Jamestown, RI (Sept 1996 - May 2006); DL/K1JD, OE/K1JD, I/K1JD all Dec 2000; K1T Beavertail and Prudence Lighthouses 2000 - 2003; BU2/K1JD Taiwan October 2003; K1JD East Greenwich, RI (May 2006 - June 2012); 5H2JD Tanzania September 2006; KL7/K1JD August 2009; K1JD Santa Fe, NM (June 2012-Present); KH6/ and FO/K1JD Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea October 2013; VK2/K1JD & VK4/K1JD, October/November 2013; VK2/VK7 November/December 2016

Clubs, Awards: FOC #1612 (ex-#1445); CW OPS #75; HSC #1831; VHSC #408; ARRL LM, DXCC Honor Roll 343/329 mixed, Eight Band DXCC, A1-OP,  -45 (George Hart W1NJM/Connecticut Wireless Association Certificate of Code Proficiency copied with a pencil!), Active in Summits on the Air (SOTA): North American "Mountain Goat" #12; NA "Double Mountain Goat" August 2015; NA "3x Mountain Goat" October 2016  as well as "Shack Sloth" awards. My SOTA activator log for the last 12 months can be viewed here.

             

My favorite SOTA rigs are the mostly SMD MTR-5B kits by KD1JV, I’ve built 2 of them. The transceiver runs 4-5 watts out and covers 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, & 15m. Build/test of the first was completed the week of Oct 11, 2015 and performance is excellent with Firmware revision 1.3.2 installed using LaunchPad. The "SOTA-in-a-box" station is self-contained within a Pelican 1020 "micro-case"; it includes the MTR-5B with custom panel designed using Front Panel Express's software, retractable ear buds, a 500 maH LiPo battery and the Palm Pico Paddle. The Pico's finger pieces extend for operational use and retract for stowage with the case snapped shut. The photo of the station resting on my leg was taken on the summit of Monte Largo W5N/SI-014, December 10, 2015. Waited for a pause in the pileup to take the photo! An article has been written describing the evolution of my SOTA station over about a three year period:  https://sites.google.com/site/k1jdsotastationevolution/

 

Profession: Semi-retired since June 2012, BS/MS Electrical Engineering with focus on US Navy Submarine Combat Systems. Still on the books with a small hi-tech company back in RI but mostly retired.

Station, Antennas: Elecraft K3/KX3, Drake C Line, Vintage Collins 75A4/KWS-1 ("Rig Sitting" for K7SO) with QSK Master T/R, Alpha 9500, KPA500 and Ten-Tec Hercules II. Three radios can interface with any 3 amplifiers using the W8ZR StationPro 2 (under the KX3). Keying lines, computer interfaces, and headphones are also switched.

Link to a vacuum relay modification for the Alpha 9500:  https://sites.google.com/site/k1jdalpha9500relayconversion/

Link to a Ten-Tec Hercules II repair summary:  https://sites.google.com/site/k1jdherculesiirepair/

 

The Drake C Line is mostly restored now and has been updated with Rob Sherwood's Mods. A link describing the Sherwood modifications and results is below.

https://sites.google.com/site/sherwoodmodstodraker4c/olat

Antennas include an 80m dipole & 160 Inv L  plus the tower and SteppIR Yagi covering 40/30 (rotary dipole), 3-el on 20-10m and 4-el on 6m. A major SteppIR overhaul in November 2015 included adding the 30/40 "trombone" driven element, repainting all UV damaged fiberglass with automotive urethane and rebuilding 2 of the 3 Element Housing Units (EHUs). Two more were rebuilt previously, so I can now service SteppIR EHUs blindfolded - hi. All cables are buried underground from the shed to the shack and can be quickly disconnected inside the shed when a storm approaches. View of the Jemez Mountains from the shack is also below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Photos: The German Shepherd photo was taken at Beavertail, the southern most tip of Jamestown, RI. Our beautiful Hansel and Gretel are Silent K9's as of Sept 27, 2012 and Dec 16, 2014 respectively.

When the Chevron AGA SN#002 (from Kevin, M0AGA) paddle arrived in August 2008, the occasion deserved a fine single malt Islay (18yr Bowmore). Two of my all-time favorite things.

Photo taken Aug 3, 2014 on Mt Sherman, 14,036' ASL W0C/SR-061. Cold and windy, but a FB SOTA (Summits on the Air) activation on Ham "14'er Day" in Colorado. Also, a closeup of an earlier SOTA station used in this 2014 activation. This station was in a netbook holder: a KD1JV ATS-4A kit, American Morse Mini-B paddle, Sennheiser earbuds and a 500ma LiPo cell which is good for hours of operation at 5w output. As described in the referenced article at the link above, this configuration has been replaced with the MTR-5B as the search for SOTA perfection continues!

  

Sampling Piero Begali's excellent keys at Claudio's IK0XCB QTH north of Rome in September 2010. The Stealth key came back to the USA and has taken its place next to the AGA as two examples of superb keys. Photo by Carlo, IK0YGJ

1924 Vibroplex (top); Vic N4XR's (SK) 1950 Vibroplex (lots of weights!). At the bottom of the page is the stunning Alberto Frattini, I1QOD chrome J36 bug delivered in May, 2017. The key is a work of art that approaches perfection in both form and function. 

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