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I have been licensed since 1962 and have always had the same call sign. From 1969 to 1971 I was also DA1OL when stationed in West Germany. I have always been an active VHFer with 144 MHz being my favorite band. I was active in meteor scatter starting in about 1964 and chased 144 MHz DX using meteors, tropo and aurora. My rig was a pair of 4CX250Bs and a quad yagi array. In 1973 I got interested in EME Communications and pursued that on 144, 222, and 432 MHz up until about 1992. I achieved WAS on 144 in 1978 along with WAC on 144. Starting in about 1985, I got interested in VHF multi op contesting, and with a group of friends, we knocked ourselves out playing with and improving a Multi-Multi VHF contest station. That was an intense endeavor making state of the art stations for all bands between 50 and 24 GHz. At last count I had seven towers and 83 antennas installed on the hill behind my house!  AC power is supplied by a 20 KW diesel generator, but I can operate at the 100 watt level on the lower bands with a photo voltaic system.(solar panels and batteries)

Here is a picture of the VHF shack with N1JFU and K1DY in the background, operating on 432 and 222 MHz. This shack houses gear for 222 thru 24 GHz. With a full crew it gets hectic inside.

L to R  432 tower, 222 MHz tower,  Microwave tower, small microwave tower, and six meter 4 x 7 el tower on the right.

Lately, I have been getting my feet wet on ten meters and even some 160 meters. I enjoy building equipment more than operating and am always trying out something new, whether it is a new antenna, or a new power amplifier. My latest projects involve LD MOS amplifiers. A good winter time project lately involves restoring two late 1930's aircraft DF receivers: the Bendix MN-26C and the RA-10. They sure don't make radios like they used to! Those Bendix sets are a work of art!

The Ten and Six operating position utilizes an Elecraft K3. Both bands have serious antenna stacks. The six meter stack is 4 x 7 elements of my own design on a 100 ft tower. All antennas can be rotated individually. The ten meter antenna consists of three homebrew 5 element yagis (9 m boom) on a 70 ft tower. Each yagi can be rotated as well. I also have a second array of 2 X 5 elements that is partially rotatable from South America over to VK and ZL. I also have a third antenna system, a single 6 element (11 meter boom) on a short 40 ft tower for use with a second operating position for contests.

On 160 meters, I have a small setup right at my house. I use a K3 with a homebrew 3-1000 amplifier that runs at 1300 watts. The antenna is an 80 ft Rohn 25 in my backyard with some top loading and shunt feeding.  I laid out a bunch of radials in an effort to get the efficiency up. At last count I had about 120 1/4 wave radials strung out. 160 is the only band where my feedline is not big fat hardline. I use a run of RG-213.  For receive, I have seven beverages running in the woods varying in length from 860 ft to about 1350 ft. I use this setup often in the winter as many times, the hilltop shack is not accessible due to heavy snow.   I have nothing up for any of the other HF bands between 160 and 10 meters.

If you want, you can get a bird's eye view of the hilltop QTH by zooming in on the map on the Detail page and choosing Satellite View.  The 144 and 28 MHz towers are South of the ham shack away from the other towers.

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