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I think I shall start doing a running chronicle of doings.


June 11, 2016


July 4, 2016.  I am C4FM.  My Room is 28470, node 18470.  I tend to hang in the LA room 21042. Please feel free to connect to my Room at 28470 and give me a holler.  I will pick up if I'm in the vicinity. 

I am elected Senator #185 

March 28, 2016

I reached my Senator X 1 norm on Easter Sunday.  I know wait for 0000Z to celabrate my new status in the SKCC Straight Key Century Club.  I don't know how to compute the actual numbers of SKCC senators.  Surely there must be more than 185 of us.  I think this would have been much harder than I found it.  I toiled for two years working on the 400 unique titled numbers required for the T - 8 and only five weeks working on the Senator endorcement.   Seems odd.  Now I plan to give back by working untitled members as best I can. 





No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

January 24, 2016

I made careful calculations on my 80 meter dipole.  It was resonanate at 3.725Mhz.  I need it at both ends of the band and not in the middle.  After careful calculations I amended the legs of the dipole by 42 inches.  This would allow me not to need a tuner at the low end of the band and I would then only have to tune for my net at 3.975 Mhz.  The operation went well.  The dipole is now "flat" at 3.1 Mhz.  I guess I will be coiling up some wire the next sunny day when I'm stronger.  Dirt! 

New Push Up Pole

November 25, 2015.

With the help of friends the 43 foot push up Rohn 50 pole is erected.  The spacers of the fan dipole can barely be seen in the picture.  Things have noticibly inproved. 



September 21 to 26, 2015 Camping at Grayland

Judy and I went to Westport/Grayland in Washington state for one week.   I set up the buddipole initally in the fullsized vertical mode on 20 meters and had some very nice contacts.  I then deployed it in a horizontil NVIS arrangement for my 80 meter nets.  Made all my nets with good signal reports.  I also set up the end fed wire which works 40 through 15 very well.  I stayed on 40 and the conditions were such that I had many qsos with friends all week.  I think I worked all my regulars except N7HRK Rick who I heard duck into the Napa Auto Parts store while working mobile CW on his way home.  He excaped me however and I didn't hear him exit Napa.  I am getting to the place where I can get the buddipole up in a very short time; having it was fun and having it at the beach made for a very nice arrangement.  While there we scattered some of my Mother's ashes per her request.  Our family has played on Washington's South beaches for five generations.  It was a bitter-sweet event but the weather was wonderful and the sky cloudless for most of the visit.  It was really fun knocking out qso after qso from that location.  I didn't spend much time at the radio but when I did old friends abounded. 


April 11, 2015 - Yakima Washington Ham Fest

Judy and I went to Selah, to attend the Yakima Washington Hamfest

Judy sat for the Extra exam after much study and came home with the Extra Class endorsement!  She had been very disciplined in working on the exam materials.  She forgot a copy of her license at the house and we didn't miss it until we had gotten to Prosser and it was too late to turn around.  I called W7AQ but was answered by another ham who was in Yakima.  He agreed to print a copy of her license and gave us directions to his house.  We are very grateful to his help with this document. 

Judith M. West N7PGJ is now a provisional  extra N7PGJ/AE until the FCC catches up.  Congratulations Judy.

March 2015 Fort Stevens Oregon and Astoria Oregon

Judy N7PGJ and I went to Astoria Oregon for a few days on holiday.  We rented a cabin at Fort Stevens State Park and I erected my end fed wire with a fishing pole as well as my Buddipole in 80 meter NVIS configuration.  The end fed wire went straight up in a tree about 40 feet (third cast) and was the best deployment I have ever had with that unit.  It would not load on 20 meters.  I took the only shot I had which was to put on a new length of coax hoping that the characteristics at the terminal would be something that the TS-480SAT would match.  I got lucky and the antenna tuner was able to match the wire.  There had been an M class solar flare that weekend so the bands were broken but between the 80 Meter NVIS and the end fed wire, I made all my nets SSB and CW which was a rush.  I also made several contacts on 40 CW with the end fed wire which were satisfying. 

Someone mentioned in their blog about dealing with park personnel over ham radio issues. I have never been challenged in a park over an antenna deployment. My brother and sister-in-law came up to our campsite and my brother was asked by a park host what sort of antenna I had erected and was told that it was for ham radio.  The guy said "Oh, I thought it was some sort of TV antenna and drove off."  Similarly in another park in September I was in QSO from the picnic table when we took a wood delivery and the guy wanted only to know if the 4K elevation helped propagation.  Years ago I was confronted by a park ranger who wanted to know why I was fishing in the trees but she was satisfied with the answer that I was putting up a wire which would do not damage anything and she went away.  Caveat:  It is easier to apologize that it is to get permission. 

Next outing is April 11, 2015to attend the Yakima Ham Fest in Selah Washington. Judy will attempt the extra exam. I will look at

Stuff I have wanted all my life.

I was born in 1947.  I cannot remember a time when radio has not been magic.� We had a Zenith broadcast radio because that's what they had at the store where my father worked.� I remember the last few days of AM radio as enteratinment rather than a juke box with the Comic Weekly Man, Tarzan, Lone Ranger, Inner Sanctum and such.� I was first licensed in 1961 as KN7UUJ, was a novice and then became involved in life.� I came back to ham radio in late 1969 and was licensed for sixweeks as WN7OSQ, I held that license for six weeks then a general as WA7OSQ.� I held general for six weeks and took the advanced.� I had WA7OSQ for many years and then saw that two of my CW students had gotten their extra tickets.� I took the last FCC given exam to be given in Spokane by the FCC.� I continued to hold WA7OSQ until eight or nine years ago when I applied for and was given K7EP.� My passion is CW and while I work phone nets and uhf and vhf I can be found most times in the QRQ ghetto around 7.030.� In the past few years I have been sending more and more with a hand key but have several bugs, iambic paddles and a string of straight keys which I use alternately.� I key straight key with my left being left handed and the rest I do with the right hand.�

I am retired after 38 years as a criminal defense attorney, municipal judge and deputy prosecuting attorney.� I play banjo and fiddle.� My rigs have always been modest.� I am currently running my IC 756 Pro II into a fan dipole.� Lately, my ham friends here locally from years ago are entering retirement and we are all elcting our old bad habits.� It's been great fun.

  I like what I see as a renasance in CW since the FCC dropped the code requirement and sometimes hang around the SKCC freqs as I like the notion of sending with mechanical keys and have many straight keys and bugs.   I also hang on 40 most of the time around 7.043 and in the vicinity of the QRQ ghetto within four or five Khz of 7.025.  My SKCC is now 1683T and got pretty crazy (compulsive) getting the centurion award but might go slowely at the next level although I don't want to get that driven ever again! 


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