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Hi, and thanks for checking my call.

I have been hamming since 1976. My first call was WN9VTF as a novice. I made a quick upgrade to General, WB9VTF, about 6 months after receiving my novice license.


Above, Circa early 1978, my station in Lake Zurich, IL. Yaesu FT101, and hard to see to the left side of desk is a Henry Radio Tempo VHF1 Plus with SSB module. Above right is a TH3JR triband on 35' of Rohn 25G with a 11 element Cushcraft 2m beam and a 40m sloping dipole. My current tower still uses the top two sections of this orginal tower.

For the next 20 something years I operated casually as a general. Then the DX bug really hit around 1995, and I knew I needed to upgrade to catch some of that "rare DX". Finally in April of 1999, I upgraded to Extra, N9TF, and began searching the band edges for more new DX.

It was awesome to be tested for my 20WPM Extra test by the same Ham Elmer, K9IQP (SK), who had administered my novice exam 23 years earlier. Thanks Gil.

I have remained very active in DXing, and also enjoy contesting with the Society of Midwest Contesters. I am very active with LOTW, and have completed 8 band DXCC, with the help of 11 QSL card confirmations for 80m. Total DXCC confirmed (mixed) including deleted, 337. Total current entities worked and confirmed at 330 (mixed),  with 9 more entities left to work and confirm on the active list of DXCC entities. Mostly Islands left! It's been a long 40 plus years journey of chasing DX to this point. All done with 100 watts (never owned an amp!) or less, and low hanging antennas. I've never been one to need to rush through anything! It's been a fun time wading through the pile ups, or, by chance, working that ATNO with a simple CQ. Wouldn't have done it any other way :) I have also gotten very involved in 'filling in the band blanks" for Challenge Award slots. Currenty sitting at 1,533. Getting lots harder now that more of what I need will be on 80, 160 and 6m.

Current operating conditions are a  Elecraft K3S with P3 panadaptor, and a Yaesu FT-897. The 897 is used for 2/432 SSB. On 2m/440FM I operate with an older Kenwood TM-701A. I am also active on 223FM with an Alinco DR-235.

My current antenna system is a very compact (SHORT STACK) set up on a Rohn 25G at 36' to the top of the tower and another 13' of mast above the tower. From the top down, Comet CX333 triband V/UHF 440/223/146mhz vertical, M2 7 element 2m SSB, M2 11 element 432, D3W 12/17/30m rotatable dipole. Below the D3W at 39' is a 6 meter A50-3S and below the 6 meter beam at 37' is a TH2-MK3 2 element 10/15/20 tribander. Two wire antennas finish off the short stack. For 80 and 40 I have replaced the  80M OCF dipole at 35' apex, with a shortened (100') 80/40 dipole mounted at the same point. For 160m I am using the  W8AMZ 160m reduced half sloper also at 35' sloping down to 2' above ground oriented at about 60 degrees azimuth.

Above is the N9TF "Short Stack". From top down, Comet CX-333 triband 2m/1.25m/70cm vertical, M2 7 element 2m SSB, M2 11 element 432 SSB, D3W 12/17/30 rotatable dipole, A50-3S 3 element 6m beam, TH2-MK3 10/15/20 2 element triband, wire antennas attached about 2' below top of tower.

Above is the feed point of the W8AMZ 160m reduced half sloper mounted at 35', sloping 68' down to 2' above ground. It is aimed in the direction of of about 60 degrees azimuth. It does work well to the east, and am able to work all 50 states with it, it is a cloud waremer! EU is workable when 160 is propagating really well to the midwest, and the Caribbean is more realistic to work with this antenna.


Above is the feed point of the 80m OCF dipole, with the 90' leg sloping down to a mast 75' out to the corner of my lot 13' above ground. The last 15' of the 90' leg turns 120 degrees to the north and is 5' above ground. The 45' leg goes across my roof at 315 degrees azimuth for 25' sloping down to 25', then turns to about 260 degrees for the last 20' to a tree in the front yard, tied off at 15' above ground. Loads on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters with 2.5:1 SWR at highest SWR (75 meters) and averages 1.5:1 across most bands. No tuner is required! In May of 2016 I replaced the 80m OCF with a HY-Power 2B4080L 40/80 short dipole, mounted at the same point. KC9ETU now has the 80m OCF and will be on the air with it in the future from Whidbey Island WA.


My son Mike, KC9ETU and I taking a break in a VHF contest. Mike is now serving in the USN.

My son Mike, KC9ETU and I taking a break from a VHF contest we worked together just before he joined the USN, July 2006 - July 2014.

KC9ETU, practicing CW at 2 years old! (1986) That's my FT101ZD stataion with good old Vacuum Tube Finals!


I come from a family of hams. Besides my son, my Dad and Mom, W7APE (SK) and W7ANN retired up on IOTA NA065 got their license a few years after I did. My sister Debbie, KB9KVH, brother Greg N9PGG, and my Nephew William Haag KD7JWW, also of Whidbey Island, and serving in the US Navy are also hams.

That's me, N9TF back left, my son KC9ETU next to me, my Mom W7ANN and Dad W7APE (SK 2/2/2016) at the W7APE QTH.

Thanks for the QSO and stopping by. You can see more pics of N9TF station history here at my slickpic page, http://www.slickpic.com/users/GeneGabry/albums/N9TFHamStationPhotos/?wallpaper&viewer

Cheers es 73 Gene, N9TF

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