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The N4KZ station 

My ham radio story began in early 1969 when as a teen-ager and new novice operator I first took to the airwaves on 80 meters as WN4MEN. But within a couple months, I moved up to 15 meters where I immediately worked a ZD8 station on Ascension Island and got hooked on DX. The DX addiction has had me in its grips ever since. Along the way I achieved DXCC, DXCC Honor Roll, 8-Band DXCC, Worked All States, Worked All Zones, 5BWAC and 160m WAS. My current HF country total is 348 worked and confirmed.

I love talking with people on the air but like trying new things too. New bands, modes, computer software. For years, besides HF DX chasing I've been hooked on the challenges presented by weak-signal VHF on 6 and 2 meter SSB/CW/digital modes. On 2 meters, I have worked 40 states from Kentucky. I've even worked 3 countries on 2m SSB - USA, Canada and Cuba. On 6, I have worked all 50 states, all continents and 73 countries. (Guatamala, Sweden and Chile were my latest new ones on 6m.) I've even made some EME contacts on 2 meter CW. And many, many meteor scatter contacts on 2 meter SSB. By 1982, I had moved back to Kentucky from Michigan and received WE4K as my call. In 1996, the vanity call program opened and I received N4KZ. Most recently, I've been working new countries on 60 meters. I'm up to 30 countries so far and have also begun chasing DX on 160 meters. I now have 50 countries worked on that band.

My 160 WAS is my latest award and I got it without really trying. Well, I did try a little bit. For more than a decade I only operated 160m two nights a year -- during the annual ARRL 160 Contest each December. Little by little, I accumulated 49 states worked and confirmed via LoTW on 160. But I needed Alaska and it wasn't the easist to get. I saw a couple of KL stations spotted but couldn't hear them. Finally, in mid-March a KL7 was spotted and he had a decent CW signal. I battled my way through the pile-up and snagged him. I confirmed within days via LoTW and I fired off my ARRL 160 WAS application online. It was approved the next day -- about 12 hours after filing the application. You gotta love the Internet.

I am often told Kentucky can be a difficult state to work and confirm. So I do my part to alleviate that problem. I respond to all QSL cards received either direct, via the bureau or LoTW. No eQSL.

My shack:

Icom IC-7300  160-6 m

Icom IC-7600  160-6 m

Icom IC-7100  160-6m, 2m and 70 cm

Yaesu FT-817ND  160m to 70 cm

Ameritron ALS-600S solid state amp, 500w out, 160-10m

Antennas:

8-element log periodic for 13-33 MHz up 65 feet

5-element yagi for 6 m up 60 feet

horizontal loop up 50 feet - used primarily on 160, 80, 60, 40 and 30m.  Three of the 4 legs of the loop are over sloping terrain going down several hundred feet at a 45-degree angle. The loop is an excellent DX antenna on 80 meters but it's a killer on 40 and 30 meters. And the loop's performance on 160 meters has been better than I expected. I live at the end of a long ridge and am nearly surrounded by steeply sloping terrain. It's a HUGE benefit for my antennas!

I have been an ARRL member for more than 48 years and have attended the Dayton Hamvention 38 times. What else can I say? I love ham radio.

73, Dave, N4KZ

 

 

 

 

 

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