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Did you attend the Dayton Hamvention? I am there most years with my Dayton Doggys buddies (K2XT, KJ6YKA, WF4U, K2WO, W1QJ, W7KWS, K8DM & N3EPG). You can find us at spaces 9514 - 9517 in the flea market at the new Hamvention site at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio near Dayton. I was in Dayton last year for the last Hamvention at the Hara Arena. The picture below is a shot of our flea market spot taken a couple of years ago at Hara. It looked pretty much the same every year. It'll probably look somewhat the same this yeat. K2XT is tending the store in this photo. Drop bye and enjoy a brew with us!

Dayton Flea Market Spot


I live in the beautiful Teton Valley which bridges the states of Idaho and Wyoming and lies between the western slopes of the Teton Mountains in Grand Teton National Park (in Wyoming) and the eastern slopes of the Big Hole Mountains (in Idaho). The Teton River wends its way in a northwardly direction through the Teton Valley before making a turn to the west and merging with the Snake River. The Snake flows mostly westwardly through Idaho and then makes a marked turn to the north to define much of Idaho's border with the state of Oregon. It then flows into the state of Washington before merging with the Columbia River which flows to the Pacific Ocean. The elevation at my QTH is about 6,400 ft (1,950m).

The picture to the left are of some ponds immediately adjacent the Teton River. As you can see, a storm is brewing. The Big Hole Mountains can be seen in the distance.

The Teton River is known for wonderful fishing. Anglers come here from all over the world to fish for the famous Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. The native YCTs are caught and released. Non-native species are kept for dinner.

The Teton River is a great place to go drifting - and sometimes a moose pops up to say hello. Have that camera ready!






My home is in Idaho just over a mile (about 2 km) west of the Wyoming border. This area is an outdoor sports paradise -- it was rated as the best place in the world to live if you are an outdoor sports enthusiast by the National Geographic Magazine. I enjoy skiing, bicycling, dirfting the river, fishing and hiking when not playing on the radio or enjoying a meal and drinks with my friends.

The picture below was taken at our local ski resort, Grand Targhee, and the Tetons can be seen in the background. The tallest mountain is the Grand Teton. I can hear the laughter from those of you who speak French! More about the Tetons below.

We get plenty of natural snow here. My friends and I each often get in over 100 days of skiing every year and some of us ski close to 150 days per year. We are known locally as the "Targheezers". My ski buddies are, unfortunately, not hams, but we stay in touch with each other on the slopes using FRS radios.

The Targheezers in our spiffy red jackets - luckily one of us was in the ski wear manufacturing business, so we got a deal on these which we just couldn't pass up. I am the tall guy, third from the left in this picture.

The Tetons, in the picture below and to the left showing them in all their grandeur, were named by French trappers in the early 19th century as "les trois tetons" (the three breasts) which was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons. Those trappers had obviously been without the company of women for some time … 

If you look closely and below the right-most Teton, you will see a smaller mountain with a very flat top. That mountain is called Table Mountain (elevation about 11,100 ft or 3,380m).

The Grand Teton in the center is taller at 13,775 feet (4,199m).

You can hike to the top of Table Mountain -- the trail starts at 7,000 ft (2,133m) and after you gain 4,100 ft (1,250m) you are certainly tired, but are rewarded with a great view of the Tetons. The picture of me above in my red USC cap was taken atop Table Mountain -- you can see the outline of the Grand Teton over my right shoulder.

Table Mountin is a fine place to enjoy that lunch that you carried with you up 4,100 ft (1,250m). It is an all-day hike to and from Table Mountain, but it is probably the most scenically rewarding hike that you can take. You get a hint lookng over my shoulder -- come see for yourself! You can read about this hike on line.

I got my first ham license in the 60's, but I let it lapse. Got back into ham radio again in the early 90's at the behest of my dad, Floyd KD6ZCV (SK) and I started out as general (with callsign KE6GBU) this second time around. Within a coupke of weeks of getting my ticket I visited Bob W7KWS in Hawaii. I used his station and one of my very first experiences as a new ham was a pile up with everyone in the far east, it seemed, trying to work me. What fun! If that doesn't get you hooked, nothing will!

My dad owned a TV repair shop where I learned to repair stereos, radios and TVs as a teenager and of course that got me interested in electronics and eventually in ham radio. I studied both Electrical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering prior to attending Law School. Worked professionally as a patent lawyer and have worked on many wireless-related inventions over the years. I am currently semi-retired and having a blast.

The picture on one of my QSL cards (above) was taken during a four mile hike which started from the top the Dreamcatcher Lift at Grand Targhee Resort (yes, the ski resort is open in summer as well as in winter). A wonderful, short hike with fabulous views. But the longer hike to Table Mountain, described above, is better still, but with a lot more effort involved!

In addition to being involved with ham radio, doing a lot of skiing and hiking, I also enjoy travelling (I have travelled to more than 50 countries). Even so, I stay engaged with the local community here in Teton Valley by volunteering my time and resources to support organizations such as Valley Advocates for Resposible Development.

Equipment here is a K3 which is paired with a KPA500 amplifier, and a P3 Panadapter. I also have both an Expert 1.3K-FA and an Alpha 99 linear amplifiers when more power is really needed. Antennas include a SteppIR three element beam atop a 55 ft tower. The SteppIR has the 30/40m and 6m kits added to it. I have a Comtek array (by DXEngineering) of four 40m vertical antennas and an 80M full size vertical with an 80M trap and a wire antenna from the trap yielding a 160M inverted L.

My shack has a number of other radios by Collins, Icom and Yeasu, but I enjoy the K-line so much that those other radios seldom get on the air. Logging software is MacLoggerDX, a great tool for chasing DX. I have only had a station capable of serious DXing for the past four years. Before that I occasionally had a small pistol station (100w with a vertical) and more often my ham radioing was pretty much limited to doing Field Day. Since constructing the present station I have collected eleven different DXCC certificates for various bands and modes, the ARRL WAS Triple Play Award and a CQ Magazine WAZ award, so I have had some success chasing DX over the past four years from my station here in Idaho. I am a member of the ARRL, the Northern California DX Foundation,  the Utah DX Assocation and the Wailua Amateur Radio Association. I am also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and a member of the ARRL A-1 Operators Club. My collegues in the Utah DX Assocation were kind enough to name me DXer of the year for 2016.

I operated as W1AW/7 (Idaho) during the week of March 5, 2014 on 17M SSB and on 30M RTTY and later last week of September 2014 on several different bands. The W1AW portable event was a lot of fun. Here in Idaho our W1AW/7 team had over 70,000 QSOs.

August 21, 2017 brought the Great American Eclipse of 2017 to my QTH. I and friends from the Utah DX Association operated the special event station K7S during the day. Of course we did watch the eclipse, which was spectacular! This picture of the eclipsed sun was taken from my home. It is easy to see why people travel great distances to experience an eclipse. And I do mean experience ... the moon takes a couple of hours to slide across the face of the sun and, as it slides in front, the you start to feel the earth cool. The sun is an amazing source of brightness even when nearly fully covered. But when the sun is fully eclipsed, it is as if nightfall has arrived with a brightness you would experience during a full moon. A few stars appeared and wildlife acted as if it were evening. Two minutes and fifteen seconds later and the face of the sun started to re-appear from behind the moon. 

I am happy to QSL with you, preferably via LoTW, but I also QSL (admittedly intermittently) via the Bureau, via the ClubLog OQRS and by mail. I upload my logs periodically to eQSL. If you want to QSL with me by mail, please send me a SSAE (US addressees) or SAE with 2 GSs (all other desitinations). If your card is received without GSs, I will probably respond eventually via the Bureau. You can easily check whether or not you are in my log using this wonderful real time tool provided by ClubLog:

73 and good DX!

Rich KM7R



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