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During the contest March 5-6, 2016 I contacted stations in all the continents including the USA in two hours and 10 minutes. The African stations were from Cape Verde and Botswana, they were the cherry-on-top because I had the others continents already but this time I made them one right after the other. Checked LoTW and they confirmed! I got my World Continents Award.

Lesson Learned - I recently started to participate in the NPOTA program and I learned a few things “out there”. March 6, 2016 I took my FT-897D my LG tuner and the 8 band mobile antenna and new car battery and went to NM09 Cabrillo National Monument to activate it as my first activation. I got on the air but it was crowded with lots of side channel interference, it was going okay until about maybe my tenth contact I noticed the VFO was not on 14.267 any longer but was on 14.270.40. I immediate moved to 14.270 because I just finished a few calls before the last time I leaned over the radio. So yeah I remembered I had lead over the radio a few times and must have bumped the VFO a few times and I only had a “clue” of when I went off my 14.267 spot I had originally started on. So when I finished I had to guess which freq I was on for a few of my calls. I hope this doesn’t cause anyone but me a problem. I ended up in 30 minutes to have 28 calls one of which was from Botswana Africa. Since then I learned how to lock my front panel! On the good side I got my Lifetime Pass while I was there, I learned from the experience and I will return often to activate NM09. My next activation sometime in the near future will be Joshua Tree N.M.

About me and my gear.

U.S. Army Field Communications School at Ft. Sill, OK where I was an Honor Graduate in 1976. Served with the 5/7th CAV and later with the 1/66 2nd Armor Div. at Ft. Hood. Spent two tours of Germany. Toured Berlin and crossed over at check-point-charlie into communist East Berlin.

I run a FT897D with a MC-100 Microphone (Nov. 5th I changed out the stock mic) DC power by a 40Amp 50SS Astron PS with a LDG YT-100 auto antenna tuner (retired the MFJ-941C tune Nov. 4)

From the Radio either a MFJ-1835 or a  sloper or L hung 10-40M dipole with a MFJ-915 1:1 balun connected to 450ohm ladder line 17' up to a split of 26x26' dipole. (G5RV Jr.) 6M I have a Arrow 52-4S beam on a rotor up 8 meters. Two five element yagi crossed at 90 degrees and stacked at 8 meters or on the tripod 5-8 meters. 

I also have a TVT-9800 quad band mobile and quad antenna and a FT-101 and a FT-726R.

Two bullfrogs and a Kenwood TH-D7 and Arrow UHF/VHF antenna for APRS, Sat and ISS. I'm learning what I can do with the ISS Ham gear. I have a Packet QSL card from the ISS and once heard an Astronaut talking.

This is my current rig I'm setup for 2m and 70cm UHF/VHF and 40m-6meters until I add the 80-160 bands. I have a rack of test equipment off to the side and I can use the TV as a computer monitor too.

HERE'S MY "GIVING TREE" with the antenna in a slope configuration 50 feet up.

Another view outside the "can" I live in of the sloper antenna and tree. I now have an "L" configuration going on.

I like tube radios or anything with tubes! I like the glow they give off and I grew up with them.

C.E.T., MCP and A+ CompTia.

My antenna hanger cannon shoots 175+  feet straight up. CO2 gas powers a M203 airsoft round  and custom launcher shoots the knerf rocket to pull the line with.

I want to learn as much as I can and I look forward to talking with and hearing from hams and share ideas and technology!

-George

                                                            

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