I really must change that brass plate. My letter is actually dated December 3, 1992 for top of Mixed DXCC. The league never sent my plate until I asked several years back. Then it was wrong. My mixed count today is 360 total.
My first license was WA5LUM in 1965. I was still in high school. Back then ten meters was open, and lots of A.M. was still around. Lots of characters from all around the world.
I got the amateur advanced and second class radio telephone shortly thereafter. When incentive licensing was started I got the extra. When the N block was opened I requested N5 . . - - . . ? U D.
I have done DX chasing and contesting. I have built most of my antennas. Some transmitters and amps. Also many extra gadgets. Converted commercial radios to ham for packet etc. When the DX oscars were popular, worked a lot of satellite radio. I have always liked 40 meters CW and phone. Also 6 meters. It is a thrill to work 10 meter long path to middle east when the JA's and VK's have faded out. Sure not much of that lately.
Recently I have taken up HF mobile from the pickup truck. What a challenge as compared to high gain yagis up high.
In 2011 I worked all 40 zones and 244 countries 100 watt mobile. That was from Texas, which does not get the DX the east coast or Gulf coast does.
Working DX mobile has gotten a bit easier since I added a SGC 500 amp in January, 2012. Central Asia paths are tough from here !
During the spring of 2014 I built a 3 loop caphat on a 4 foot mast. This of course attaches to the top of coil on the Hi-Q 4-80 screwdriver antenna. A lot less turns are used for 40 and 80 now. I added some inductance to the shunt coil to help 80M match. 40M will now dip about mid band and cover entire band at 2:1 and less. Saves having to re-tune the motorized coil. 80M will now dip to 1.1:1. The bandwidth without re-tune is 40 Khz or so. Thanks Alan for the idea on the caphat.
Over 300 DXCC worked mobile since January 2011. With the recent VP8's and K5P the mobile count for ARRL DXCC countries are up to 315. I suppose next up is Heard Island. Worked a few more in 2016. Last was 5A1AL in September. I had been chasing him for at least 3 years, and finally got him on 17M CW. It looks like mobile DXCC count is at 319. Does not look like much is scheduled for 2017. Maybe a couple in the fall. One year between new ones ?
If looking for US counties, I operate most frequently from Gregg, Harrison, and Marion County Texas.
For a bit of Texas history. Please read to bottom of page. This international boundary is 40 miles from my QTH.
73 and hope we can QSO Tony
A one-of-a-kind International Boundary Marker, established in 1841, has been highlighted recently by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The first joint project of landmark dedication by both Texas and Louisiana Civil Engineers was the boundary marker between the REPUBLIC OF TEXAS and the UNITED STATES, at the state line on Texas Farm to Market road 3l. The marker, a granite shaft some ten feet long and nine inches sguare, was prepared and dated in 1840; but the difficult journey up the Sabine River was not completed through the swamps until the spring of 1841. The joint Engineering Commission from the United States and Republic of Texas was led by W.J. Stone, who was charged by the President of the United States to "Complete the task with all due speed and accuracy." The granite shaft was sunk in a concrete foundation five feet deep. On the South side of the shaft was engraved "Meridian Boundary, Established A.D., 1840" on the East side, "U.S." and on the West side, "R.T." The story leading up to this marking of a boundary that had been in dispute for more than two hundred years is a fascinating one. Two shafts were originally established. One was on the western bank of the Sabine River where the river crossed the 32nd parallel of North Latitude; but with the flood waters of time the sandy bank crumbled and the shaft was lost in the river. The remaining marker was set three miles North of the river. From this point, each mile was marked with a post and a mound of pertinent information but the posts and mounds have long ago been destroyed.
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