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​August 15, 2017 :   4 x 7 LFA 6M array is operational.  Full elevation.  QSO testing has not yet occurred, but I have heard my CW echo on 3 consecutive days with full callsigns received outside of peak conditions, while running 900W.   Work is underway on an Ameritron AL-82 6 meter conversion, including changing to an 8877.  My current amplifier will not take JT65A duty cycle, so until the Ameritron is complete I will not be QRV on JT65A.  I hope to have the work done within one to two weeks.  




Licensed in1962 at age 14. ex WA8FCM WV. ex DL4CM Bremerhaven 1967-1970.

US Navy CTR2 (Morse Intercept Operator) 1966-1970. In 1968, represented USA as Morse Reception competitor at the NATO Naval Communications Competition held in Bergen Norway. Pages 8 and 9 of the PDF file on the following link describe this contest and the selection process for USA competitors.  http://www.navy-radio.com/manuals/bull-6812.pdf

Main radio interests: chasing DX and antenna building. Although licensed for 55 years, only started seriously pursuing DXCC award confirmations after retirement in 2008.   Currently have DXCC awards for 10 bands, the most recent being 6M DXCC in summer 2015.  First 6M activity occurred in 2008/2009.

Active on 160 meters since October 2008.  Topband entity total worked is 255.  Need Zone 28 and 23 to have 40 Zones on Topband.

Current DXCC Challenge Total: 2806 confirmed.

Honor Roll on CW and Mixed.  Got a late start and still need 7 entities to have them all.

Current Antenna Farm:

Please see the articles posted on WVDXA BLOG regarding HFTA use at this QTH:  https://wvdxa.blogspot.com/

M2 20M5 5 element yagi for 20 meters

Force 12 C31XR triband yagi for 20/15/10

M2 17M5DX 5 element yagi for 17 meters

Hy-Gain 125CA 5 element yagi for 12 meters

Hy-Gain 105CA 5 element yagi for 10 meters

Force 12 Delta 230/240 two element yagi for 30 and 40 meters

M2 6M7JHV 7 element 6 meter yagi

Low Bands: 4 x 160M Inverted L antennas with elevated radials.  The QTH is a hilltop with steep drop off of terrain in all directions.  Each inverted L is in a different quadrant of the hill overlooking the slope in the desired direction: NE/SE/SW/NW.

80M Dipole

Low Band Receive Antennas: 

Hi Z Triangle short vertical array, 50' side spacing

NE standard beverage, about 520' long

JK BevFlex 4 configured as a bi-directional beverage NE/SW.

6 X KD9SV single direction BOG antennas in various directions.

DX Engineeering NCC-1 phasing box to pair the above receive antenna combinations for noise reduction/signal enhancement.



Yaesu FTDX-5000 and FT-2000 with a Microham MK2R+ two radio controller.


Alpha 77DX 

Ameritron AL-1500; Ameritron AL-82 (3)

Amp Supply LK-800TNY

King Conversions SB220 for 6 meters

Custom built 8877 originally made by Jesse Paul Fox W4CBH (SK Nov 2012) for Zach Reynolds W4TXL (SK) http://www.zachreynolds.com/, grandson of tobacco tycoon RJ Reynolds. Paul Fox was a true craftsman knife maker who was well known in the knife collecting world. The mechanical construction of this amplifier is superb. The amp is operational but used only for display.

Project in Progress

4 x G0KSC  6 meter 7 element LFA yagis for EME and conventional DXing.  Conversion of Ameritron AL-82 as a monoband 6M amplifier in progress.  Project completion targeted for summer 2017.

Thanks for the QSO. See you on the bands!

QSL via LoTW, direct or via the Bureau. Currently, I use Global QSL for Bureau submissions.  I am way behind on bureau submissions, but plan to catch up soon.

73, Charlie N8RR





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