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October 11, 2017 :  Station is operational on 6M EME, with first QSO on Sept 14, 2017.     4 x 7 Innov LFA array with full elevation. 9.5 meter booms.   Green Heron Az and El controller.  Elevation is via a satellite jack.  Feedline is 7/8" Heliax.  The amplifier is an Ameritron AL-82 converted from a pair of 3-500Z tubes to a single 8877 for  6 meters only, 1.5 KW output.        The station has  been configured to dedicate a Yaesu FT-2000 for  6M EME.  A SSB Electronic LNA600  RX preamp, with tested .22 db noise figure and 23.6 db gain,  is installed at the radio.  Not much time has been available to operate the station so far, due to other construction here, but the system seems to work.  My primary interest is working new ARRL Challenge credits but I will schedule with anyone who needs West Virginia for 6M WAS,  I am also happy to schedule with anyone who wants a new initial EME station contact.  Please contact via the QRZ.com email address for N8RR or on the ON4KST EME chat board.          



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 257.  Need Zone 28 and 23 to have 40 Zones on Topband.

Current DXCC Challenge Total: 2819 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

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

Homebrew 6 El 15M 38' Boom 

M2 6M7JHV 7 element 6 meter yagi

4X Innov 7LFA WOS with elevation for 6M EME 

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 SE/NW orientation. 

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

Amp Supply LK-800TNY

Ameritron AL-82 converted to single 8877 for 6M  

HB GS-35  160-10M.  Note: Obtained in a trade.  Built by my friend K8KT.  

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 currently used only for display.

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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