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The "Antenna Farm"

I am a twice retired pilot (USAF in 1989, and United Airlines in 2005) who got started in amateur radio in 1961. Since I was a young boy, I had an interest in electricity and electronics;  but it was not until I was a sophmore in high school that my dad (though not a "ham", knew the code) sat me down every evening for about two weeks and taught me the code. Once I was "proficient" we took out Novice exams and ended up with calls one letter apart (K8ZTS and K8ZTT). I made my first contact on 29 APR 61with W4BMI in Dresden, TN. By the end of June, I had obtained my General class license (dad flunked the code the first try - but suceeded a month later); and by the end of the summer we had installed a 40 ft tower with a Mosley TA-33 Jr. beam. From that point on, 'my dream" was to someday have an "antenna farm".

Thirty five years later my wife to be (second marriage) and I were "house hunting".  She desired a "view" of the mountains, and I, a place to errect an antenna farm; an easy compromise, 5 acres at 6800 ft with a view of the front range. We moved in and I started to errect antennas; her having no earthly idea of what an "antenna farm" is or looks like. I finally finished the project in 2014; six towers (seven if you count the OSCAR array on the garage roof) holding mono banders for 6 through 40 mtrs, an 80 mtr four square array, two phased 160M verticals spaced 1/2 wave, four bi-directional beverages for 160/80 meters, a Hi-Z 8 Pro receive antenna array, one vertical for 60 meters, one NVIS dipole for 80M, and one Dimond X200A's for 2 Mtrs/70 cm.  I can say she now knows exactly what an "antenna farm" is!!

Besides DXing (#1 Honor Roll), I enjoy devoting time to ARES, Denver Radio Club, Parker Radio Club, and am President of the Mile High DX Assn (MHDXA).  Additionally, I am an ARRL Rocky Mountain Divison DXCC card checker, the Rocky Mountain Division DX Advisory Committee Member, and a W5YI CVE. My interests outside of amateur radio include snow skiing, hiking, SCUBA diving, and working in the yard during the summer. Both my wife and I are retired, and we enjoy cruising and world travel. After retirement our goal was to set foot on all seven continents;  acheiving our goal when we traveled to Australia in Nov - Dec 2013.

The Shacki

The Shack - Feb 2016


80M 4 SQ Array with the 120 Ft Rohn tower in the center- cold winter morning, Jan 2015



AirBus A-320 Simulator - My last sim check prior to retirement in Aug 05


Enjoying the company of two "putty cats" while on safari in Africa!  (2008)

Zimbabwe - 2008   Taking a "putty cat" for a stroll.


XYL and I toasting around sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Outback, Austaralia, 2013



Trip to Cape Horn, 2012

Antarctica 2012 -  Paulet Island. (63˚35'S, 55˚47'W) - Northwestern Weddell Sea, Antarctic Territory (note the Adelie Penguins)

Antarctic Peninsula 2012 - Neko Harbour (64° 50' 35"s 063° 31' 39"w)  Antarctica Expedition Cruise on Corinthian II (in background)

Galapagos Islands - 2008

Egypt - 2009    The Great Pyramid at Giza

Egypt - 2009  The Great Temple of Abu Simbel.  Built in the reign of Ramesses the Great (1265 BC).

Jordan - 2009 Mount Nebo  (mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land)

Turkey - 2007  Ephesus - The Library of Celsus


China - 2007  Terracotta Army; depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China


Morocco 2015  Rick's Cafe - Casablanca



Morocco 2015 - Dressed in Berber Attire

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