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I will be activating NP54, Wednesday 27 July 2016 @ 17:0OZ - 23:00Z. My activation will occur from Pat Smith Island which is located in the east end of Namakan lake. Its campsite numner N30. I will be on battery power operating my ICOM IC-706MkIIG at about 40 watts. I am planning on working 40, 20 and 15 meters as conditions permit. I will be using a 1/2 wave 40m dipole and a AS-2259/GR NVIS antenna on 40m and 20m.

Looking forwarding to working you! I will remain in the park on vacation for a few more days. This means I will not have the logs uploaded until I return.

Troy, KB9AZZ



                      100 WAAW #474

When your finished viwing my profile please visit  the 100 Watts and a Wire page:  http://100wattsandawire.com

Licensed since May 1988. I like and have kept my Novice call and will keep it until I QRT or SK.

I lightly chase IOTA and U.S. Islands. I have been stationed stateside and overseas with the United States Navy operating from several QTH's using multiple call signs.  Stationed at Naval Security Group Activity Winter Harbor Maine, operating from the K1NAN club station (a military club call, now a civilian club call) and KB9AZZ/1 1988-1990.  Assigned to training at Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola Florida, I operated as KB9AZZ/4 for about 6 months during the summer of 1990. Moving to Japan I obtained the call 7J1AJX (the 7J1 prefix is reserved for non Japanese hams specifically in the Kanto or Tokyo area). Additionally I operated with an AMRS call KA2AZ, assigned to military personnel overseas.  Both of these were used from my home QTH in Japan between 1990-1993. While living in Japan I was stationed aboard the Spruance-class destroyer USS Fife DD-991, home ported at Yokosuka Naval Base. Also between 1990-1993, I operated Military Maritime Mobile sailing the Pacific and Indian Oceans also the Persian Gulf with the calls KB9AZZ/MM.  While stationed at USPACOM Hawaii, I was on the air as KB9AZZ/KH6 1993-1996.  As of June 1996 I have been operating from my home in western Wisconsin.  I have been HF and VHF mobile from just about every state so check your logs you may have worked me.

Throughout 2016 I'm planning to activate a few National Parks in the upper Midwest (http://www.arrl.org/npota).  In addition I would like to activate an island or two for island chasers and a few lighthouses on the Great Lakes.

I QSL 100% however it may take a while.  I apologize for any late QSL's to those who have direct mailed me.  A recent move has put my HAM operations on hold for a few years (back on the air late 2015).  The shack and antenna farm are a work in progress.  I have an active account with the NIDX QSL bureau.

My current western Wisconsin station is comprised of an ICOM IC-706 MKIIG, Yeasu FT-890 and a Ameritron Al-811 amplifier. For VHF/UHF I have some Motorola business radios, a Yeasu 1500M and 2500M.  For shortwave listening I make use of a Grundig Yacht Boy 400, Traveler G3, Radio Shack DX-394 and DX-390.  Antennas currently erected are a 233 foot long-wire configured as an inverted L, oriented South to North, about 35 feet off the ground.  A 10 meter dipole and a 40m full sized 1/4 wave vertical antenna made from Rohn 25G tower sections (please see antenna photos below).


Troy Faulkner

Homebrew 40 meter vertical viewed from above while in a man lift installing ropes and pulleys for my long-wire antenna.


Looking up.



Nice evening picture of the vertical



I buried 32 radials for this antenna, most are for 40m some are for 20m and 10m.



The base insulator of this antenna is comprised of four 6 inch PVC tubes/pipes.  The PVC is buried five feet in the ground and filled with concrete with a 6 inch air gap at the top.  There are rubber bushings between the PVC and steel base plate to allow  sway in the antenna.  So far it has survived the great wind storm of 2015 and winter ice loading.  I am using a DX Engineering vertical antenna 1:1 current choke at the feedpoint.  The feedline is about 250 feet back to the shack.  The coax is 1/2 inch 75 ohm CATV flexible hardline.




The 250 foot run back to the shack.



My long-wire after some moderate ice and snow loading. This did require a lowering and cleaning of the antenna.

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