Well after many years of chasing DX I wondered what I was going to do all winter since I am on the Honor Roll and 3 away from having them all. I saw that I needed about 70 confirmations on 80 meters and I would have 5 band DXCC so on December 15th 2016 my aniversary of 27 years with my lovely wife I started chasing countries on 80 . I turned in my 80 and 40 meter contacts in march of 2017 for my 5 band DXCC :) This was a challenge as I only have a dipole for 80 but damn was it fun.. Every night I worked a new one on 80 was like when I first started dxing ! Got the certificate and its very nice. Thank you ARRL for all you do .
I have been a ham since late 1978 or early 1979 I dont have a copy of my first License.
My first call was KA8FAL followed by N8CLJ shortly after I upgraded to General Class . I stayed a General for quite a few years then one day I decided it was time to go get the Extra Class Ticket ! (I wish id have gone sooner) . Then when the Vanity call N8DC came available (great cw call and my initials)! I went for it and I was lucky enough to get that call.
I am a cw operator and an avid Dxer. I made the honor roll after the accreditation of the 7O1YGF Yemen operation. A little earlier than that I was given a permanent layoff from my job of 31 years giving me more time for dxing and I worked 1 or 2 of the easier countries that I didnt have worked or confirmed. I had taken a lot of time off from radio after getting back into the Street Rod hobby and that cost me a couple rare countries .
Amateur Radio is a wonderful hobby . I have too many hobbies and I have actually scaled back my Street Rod building hobby to devote more time to radio. I still ride my 2006 Harley Davidson Classic Motorcycle as much as time permits.
My shack consists of an Icom IC-7600 and an TS-2000 with an AL80B amplifier to a Dentron MT3000A tuner. That goes from the tuner to an A3S an A3WS and also switchable to an 80/40 fan dipole and a 160 Inverted L for the lower bands.
For 2 meters and 70 centimeters I have a Yeasu ft-8800 with a dual band vertical at about 53 feet and a 2 meter 10 element beam at 45 feet.
For 6 meters I have a Midland Syntech 1 on FM with a ringo at 50 feet and I have a 5 element yagi at 40 feet mounted horizontal and hooked to the IC-7600.
You can qsl me direct but I must ask that you please include an SASE I also do LoTW and Eqsl.
The Station :)
I really need to clean up the wires :).. This a whole new operating desk I built over the winter (2011). More room and work space also . Its 3/4 red oak plywood stained with a gun stain and a coat of urethane to seal it from what ever it may encounter . So far its really working well and looks pretty good also. I also added a big 27 inch monitor . I really like it :)
The latest shack pic. I have since sold the PROIII and added TS-2000 and dual 27 inch monitors. I also run the TS-2000 or an FT-857 in my Silverado pickup for Mobile operation and for my camping radio . I need to get a pic or 2 of the mobile / camping station.
Dual 27 inch monitors running the best logging program I have found to date Logger32 and its abssoutely free ! No paying for tech support here as there are enough followers including myself that can talk you through many problems but you will be asked if you read the help file first Hi Hi. Oh ya free with a money back garantee . No shutdowns from bad reviews either. :)
The Antennas .................
The first 2 pics are of the A3s @ 50 ft and A3WS @ 40 ft and the 2/440 Vertical.
The second pic is of the other tower at the other end of the house with a 6 meter ringo a 2 meter beam.
Also if you look close at the first pics you can see the pulley holding the 80/40 fan dipole that really works great and the 160 inverted L .
I have also installed a 5 element Cushcraft 6 meter beam below the 13B2 and I need to update this pic also :)
This is what I really do best (build Hot Rods !
I sold this one for big money and ive made pretty good money on all the other cars I have built.. I still enjoy looking at the cars but money is short for building another car . If you are interested I can build one for you all it takes is cash :)..
My 2006 Electra Glide Classic........
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