CQ Magazine Contesting Contributing Editor. WRTC2018 Ambassador. Past President of the Capitol Hill Amateur Radio Society (W3USS) and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). Life Member of ARRL and AMSAT-NA.
The K3ZJ station is located in Romney, West Virginia (Loc FM09pg, Hampshire County). Mountaintop QTH is 715 meters (2350 feet) Above Sea Level (ASL). The South Branch of the Potomac River flows 305 meters (1000 feet) below on the west side.
Aerial view of the K3ZJ mountaintop shack looking directly South, showing TH7DX @ 15 meters (49 feet) Above Ground Level (AGL). A 40-80-160 trap dipole is below the beam. More antennas are planned. Some of the aluminum awaiting assembly is visible in the lower righthand corner.
TH7DX 15 meters (49 feet) above ground pointing 45 degrees (Northeast) toward Europe, Mideast, and central Asia.
The Beginning ....
Thanks to W8JYZ of Old QSLs, one of my very first QSL cards has been preserved! At the time I was a 15 year old sophomore at Barnstable High School on Cape Cod with a brand new license. My TH3jr. was mounted on 20 feet (7 meters) of water pipe secured with rope to a pine tree outside my bedroom window. I rotated it by the "armstrong" method. You can see if one of your QSLs is in W8JYZ's collection and/or donate at: http://www.oldqsls.com.
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is a worldwide Olympic style ham radio competition. WRTCs have been held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), Russia (2010), and New England (2014). The next WRTC will be held in Germany in July, 2018. The WRTC2018 organizers have a website with information on the upcoming event here. The WRTC organization website is here. A video made at WRTC2014 is here.
Bangsbo Fort is part of the larger Bangsbo Museum and well worth the visit. Be sure to see the small radios used by the Danish resistance during WWII in the Museum. Another unusual item is the "Morse Beacon" in the original radio room located in front of my operating position in The Command Bunker (Bunker 14), shown above.
OZ1ADL checks in with K3ZJ at OZ5E, the "Danish Contest Academy" (DCA) station in Stjaer, Mid Jutland, Denmark. (See OZ1ADL webpage.) OZ5E is maintained at OZ1ADL's rural QTH by members of the DCA captained by OZ1XJ (license holder of OZ5E). Wonderful people, premier station. See Danish Contest Academy OZ5E webpage, click on English for translation. One also can see OZ1XJ's "The Ham Band" perform from the OZ5E tower here and OZ5E contest shack here. These and more ham songs can be purchased as mp3 downloads at iTunes, Amazon, Google play, cdbaby or emusic. Search "The Ham Band" and albums "Seek You" & "Join Us On the Airwaves".
All contacts after 2006 are uploaded regularly to LoTW and eQSL. Working on older logs to be uploaded soon. Direct and Buro cards are answered. QSLs also are available direct from K3ZJ for contest QSOs with W3USS through 1999; with BV0BG in January, 1986; with VU2ABC 1974-1975; and with WA1FEO/OZ 1973-1974.
73, See you on the air! Dave, K3ZJ
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