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Picture here is installation of one of my towers. I hand dug the hole.  In it was all large potato-sized basalt rocks. It was originally for a Rohn 25 tower. But, at the time of the project, I found a local club website ad for used Rohn 45 tower so I enlarged the hole to accomodate a larger hole for 45 vs. the original 25.

Main top picture is a Force 12 Magnum 620 yagi which is a pile-up breaker with a 17 element M2 2-meter yagi.  Cool clouds at sunset.  The 2-meter has be recently replaced with a M2 6M7 6-meter 7-element yagi.

QSL POLICY: NO EQSL or QRZ.com exchanges, only ARRL LOTW or regular QSL cards which the ARRL DXCC/WAS/VUCC program will accept.

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I MOVED IN MAY, 2006 - 25 MILES NW OF MY PRIOR ADDRESS ON 27TH AVENUE IN SPOKANE VALLEY, WA. I WENT TO 20 ACRES TO GET AWAY FROM THE PREVIOUS POWER LINE INTERFERENCE.

Married to Peggy - W7PEG.

First Licensed as KN7AWB in Osburn, Idaho in July, 1957 using a Knight T-50 transmitter & National SW-54 receiver. The Novice test was given by Al William Beck W7EQM of Page, Idaho whose initials are, yes, AWB. What a coincidence.  See the station circa 1958 in B & W.

I was spending too much of my study time with amateur radio at the University of Arizona in Tucson when a friend said I should use my knowledge to make money. I decided to study at dinner in the Student Union and passed my Extra Class ham exam. Also, I passed the Radio Telephone First Class exam (May 13, 1965) and Radio Telegraph 2nd class exam, both with radar endorsements.

Later, I got a job using my commercial ticket at my home town AM radio station in the Summer of 1965 at KWAL, Osburn, Idaho (620 KHz); then on to KHOS AM radio (940 KHz) in Tucson from September 1, 1965 to March 1, 1966,and KGUN television (channel 9) in Tucson from January 24, 1966 to March 17, 1967. Then, 6 years at KREM television (channel 2) in Spokane.  Off to Tektronix in Beaverton, OR for almost a year and back to Spokane for 3 years in a small partnership called Microengineering.  Then to Monaco enterprises in Spokane Valley for 28 years.

Would you believe that sometime in 1965 or 1966 from Tucson, AZ, I picked up KREM TV (channel 2), located in Spokane, on my color tv set hooked to the biggest VHF TV antenna made at the time up on a 50 foot slip up mast. That preview of KREM brought me the job in 1967, 1400 miles away. Of course, we know now it was Es prop on 54-60 MHz, channel 2.

Regarding my previous power line interference, the power line noise got up to S9+5 on HF frequencies. When one pole's hardware was fixed, another one of similar age took its place.  I was blocks away from the dividing line between three power companies so it was rough deciding who to call.  Of course, I used the MFJ power interference dipole/receiver to find most of the interference for the guys.

At one time, all my four children had call letters so all 6 of us were a 100% Ham Family. Still licensed are Michael N7LIT & Steve KA7DFJ. See Feb 1993 QST, page 11.

Current major interests are getting up some towers for future Meteor Scatter and EME, grid collecting on 6 meters, finishing up for the No. 1 DXCC Honor Roll.  I have 8 to go.  Picture below is the Force 12 6-element Magnum 620 yagi in a wind storm. Antenna above it is a M2 2M5WL 17-element 2-meter yagi.

BLOWING IN THE WIND  6-ELEMENT FORCE 12 MAG620

Past President of: Spokane DX Association K7SDX --- http://www.sdxa.org

Member of: Pacific NorthWest VHF Society PNWVHFS (member #114)  -- http://www.pnwvhfs.org/

Webmaster for the Spokane DX Association (SDXA):  http://www.sdxa.org 

 

 

AWARDS:

5BWAS #126 - Got the plaque on August 23, 1972.

WAS - 17 METERS - Got the certificate on 05/31/2005.

WAS - 160 METERS #1034 - Got the certificate in May, 2009.

WAS - 12 METERS - Got the certificate on July 28, 2010.

WAS - 6 METERS #1353 - Got the certificate on July 28, 2010.

 

VUCC - 6 meters #1321 (for 513 grids)

DXCC

DXCC Honor Roll (332 entities)

mixed #38292

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10 meters

12 meters

15 meters

17 meters

20 meters

30 meters

40 meters.

80 meters

ARRL DXCC Challenge Award for 1000 band countries on August 19, 2010 & 1500 endorsement

10-10 #73457

SMIRK #6596 on 6 meters

ARRL - life member - and 61+ years of continuous membership!

 

CONTEST PLAQUES WON:

NW Division 2009 June ARRL VHF contest - 1st place Multiop category

7QP (7 land QSO Party) 2012 - High power, Single Operator - 1st place Digital category

 

Glad to QSL, but please SASE (USA) or $1 (foreign) as I am retired!!! NO EQSL or QRZ.com exchanges please. Also, I use LOTW always.

See another picture of me in the September, 2005 QST, page 105.

Occupation: Retired on July 7, 2004.

QSL manager for W2SS and W7PEG.

Hondo the Dog

born  March 25, 2004

died March 28, 2013 (lymphosarcoma)

A great pal and really smart!

 

Angus the collie, born March 13, 2013, a great pal.

 

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