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I've been licenced since 1958. For many years I was K6MQG and spent most of my time DXing on 20 meters. In 1967, I married Elaine WB6KVG and moved away from my monoband Yagi. Over the years, we put up little tribanders in various QTHs and kept chasing DX. In the early 1990s, I took down my last HF Yagi,  went virtually inactive on HF and just used 450 MHz on the Cactus Intertie System.

In 2008 I had some spare time on a business trip to Rome, so I put a wire out my hotel window and listened to the CQ WW 160 CW contest on a little shortwave radio. That made the juices start to flow again. Soon after that, two Cactus Intertie friends landed on Ducie Island with a big DXpedition team (VP6DX). I pulled my radio out of the closet, threw up a little inverted Vee eight feet above the roof and worked them on 10 through 80 CW and SSB.

Since then, I have been very active, but only had a vertical on 10 through 80 at the Laguna Beach, California house. When I went off the DX hunt, I only needed one country (ZA). When I got back on, I needed 17 "entities" and now that number is three. If you count deleted countries, my current DXCC total is 371 (welcome Kosovo) and DXCC Challenge is 2494 (none deleted). I hope to keep getting good openings on 6 and 160 meters to get that Challenge number higher.  I put up an IAC "Double Bazooka" Inverted L on 160 and my first QSO with it was K1N in Navassa (Challenge #2000) at sunset dusk on February 9, 2015.  The Inv L seems to hear and transmit quite well.  I was able to work VR2XAN with it at sunrise right after I put it up and have now worked a lot of Europeans (141 countries on 160m since putting up the antenna three years ago).  In early November 2017 I put up a SAL-30 RX antenna for 160. That night, I worked two new European countries that I couldn't hear on the Inverted L.   The SAL-30 hears better than my SteppIR DB-36 dipole on 80 and 60 meters as well.  On 60 meter FT-8, the decoded signals have a 5 to 6 dB improvement in SNR with the SAL.  I have also have been having fun tuning the AM broadcast band and being able to select different stations on the same frequency by rotating the beam in the unidirectional mode.  I have been getting around a 30 dB front to back ratio

Until January 2015, the setup here in Prescott, AZ has been a K3, Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5KFX and a 5 element LFA 6 meter Yagi at 6 feet over the roof.  The LFA was replaced by a DX-70 tower and a SteppIR DB-36 on January 24, 2015. It rocks, what a difference after suffering with various verticals for a couple of decades. The new antenna here in Prescott is shown below.  The SteppIR DB-36 gives me six elements on 6 meters, four elements on 10 through 20 meters, three elements on 30 and 40 meters and a rotatable dipole on 60 and 80 meters.  The Tokyo Hy-Power amp was replaced with an SPE Expert 2K in July 2015.  Wow, what an awesome amplifier.  The built-in antenna tuner doesn't do anything for me on 80 through 6 meters, where the SteppIR DB-36 always gives me an SWR of 1:1, but it takes my 160 meter Inverted L down to 1:1 and allows me to run full legal power there.  The Tokyo Hy-Power safety circuits would kick the amp off at less than 400 Watts when the SWR got over 1.5:1.

When in Prescott, the only remotes I use are the ones that control my TVs.  I do not use other people's remote radios (including 6O6O and Z60A QSOs).  All my QSOs are with my station here in Prescott Arizona for TX and RX.  When I rarely am away, I use this station via remote control.  I use a K3/0 Mini and RemoteRig units to control the station.  The K3/0 Mini panel looks and operates the same as the K3.  The RemoteRig K3-Twin units provide the Internet interface between the K3/0 and K3 as well as control of the SPE 2K amplifier, without the need for a computer at the station location.  Other RemoteRig units control the SteppIR DB-36 and Green Heron controller for the prop pitch rotator.  My next project for the remote will be a way to control the SAL-30 remotely, without needed the station computer and a way to control my tower motor remote unit via the Internet. 

I don't mind if people use other people's remote stations, like those provided by a commercial service, as long as they admit it and along as they don't get listed in the wrong CQ zone on the ClubLog leader boards.  It is not fair for people living in say CQ Zone 3 to be listed in ClubLog DXpedition leader boards as being in Zone 3, when they are actually using super stations in Zone 5 or perhaps even out of the country.  If you look at the ClubLog leader board for 6O6O, you will see that most (not all) of the "Zone 3" stations listed at the top are known users of East Coast remotes that they subscribe to. I am happy that I was able to tie some of them with my own Arizona station.

The picture immediately below shows the shot we had from Southern California to the Pacific as well as long path into Europe and the Middle East. The  SteppIR BigIR vertical there was effectively 725 feet up in that direction as well as to the north.  I had a lot of fun DXing from there, but I have moved the radios to Prescott, AZ. What a pleasure it is to have enough property to put in full size 160 meter radials in all directions, to have no power line noise and to have NO PLASMA TVs in the area.

Elaine and I are both retired now.  We are both Electrical Engineers who worked in the Southern California aerospace business.  Elaine and I worked at Collins Radio in Newport Beach in the late 60s and then moved on to Hughes Aircraft.  Elaine's primary role at Hughes was managing secure communications system development.  Her division of Hughes was eventually acquired by Raytheon and she eventually retired from Raytheon as the manager of the Advanced Technology Support Program.  At Collins Radio, my main task was being part of the voice crypto design team (e.g. KY-75).  Nine of my years at Hughes were spent developing satellite command and telemetry link units, which included embedded cryptos.  The other 34 years were primarily spent leading the development and marketing of secure communications systems for military airborne platforms (mainly P-3s, P-8s and Special Ops C-130s).  One last comment - Elaine and I first met in the 1966 YL/OM CW contest.  We have been married for over 50 years.


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