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Links to some of my DIY antenna threads I have started on QRZ:

Three-band stealthy "fan" vertical ground plane:

https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/15-17-20m-fan-vertical-guidance.560123/  This is my current go-to antenna for 15-17-20M most of the time I'm QRV I still use my STLs sometimes but those require setting up and taking down each time whereas the tri-band GP is always at the ready and plays well.

10-20M, 15-17-20M and unfinished square loop projects all in this long thread here:




40/80M N-turn STL project (build was scrapped mid-way through in favor of the single loop above):


DIY G3TXQ-style cobweb thread (now closed and missing a lot of pix from former Photobucket pages but has lots of info and photos of interest to cobweb builders nonetheless): 


I will add more links of interest to other antenna builders next time I update my page, too.


February, 2018 Update:

Am actively chasing dx again after several months of getting discombobulated by Hurricane Harvey and it's aftermath.  Reconstruction is still ongoing all around my QTH but my station is set up with an H double-bay for 6M, my rebuilt 15-17-20M elevated vertical and my elevated Scorpion SA-680 with a homebrewed copper pipe radiator and cap hat for 40M.

Despite lousy solar conditions I am working dx almost daily as of late and having plenty of fun again.

I am currently building a double T-bar loaded vertical for dxpedition-style operation at some local beaches or piers for saltwater low-angle enhancement.  I plan to creat a thread on this soon and am compiling photos as I work; stay tuned.

Our town was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey and was Ground Zero of the second costliest disaster in US history.  (scroll below Harvey links/pix to get to more ham radio stuff)

Links to 200+ of my hurricane aftermath photos on The Friends of Louis Ferreira website here (the files were so large it required splitting into two separate web pages):



"First hit, first forgotten" Rockport, Texas was briefly covered by the national media---but their focus soon shifted to the Houston floods 200 miles up the coast from us---and it's almost as if they never looked back. 

Since we returned mid-September from our evacuation to Dallas I have been documenting some of the damage throughout our neighborhood, our joint towns of Rockport/Fulton and the surrounding area. 

The following are just a few examples of the widespread damage and destruction that occurred after being pummeled by four hours of 150MPH winds (and 13 hours of hurricane-force winds) by a Category 4 hurricane:

We once lived in this Port O' Call apartment complex which was totally destroyed. Glad we moved!

Texas Dept. of Transportation building and tower about a mile from my QTH

Pair of palms along Copano Bay.  Peak gusts of 150mph were clocked at the Aransas County Airport about half a mile from here.  Our entire area sustained hurricane-force winds for 13 hours non-stop

Entrance to Rockport Beach


November 2017 /Hurricane Harvey update:

Our condo sustained some water damage from the Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in our town on the night of August 25th/26th.  This damage wasn't discovered until mid-October when the contracter hired to rebuild and re-roof our complex inspected all of the walls and ceilings.  As a result of this, a partial or full demolition will be required and we will need to vacate our home until the necessary repairs have been completed.  (LATE DECEMBER UPDATE: Our HOA's insurance agency, TWIA appears to be dragging it's feet on paying the claim so repairs are on indefinite hold for the time being---at least we are not sitting on pins and needles anymore waiting to be told to vacate---thankfully, we probably will be allowed to stay when our unit is eventually worked on) Needless to say, I have been QRT since August and may not get my station back up and running again until sometime next year.

My triband vertical hidden out in the woods behind us (pictured further down below) was blown apart but I managed to retrieve all of the pieces; fortunately it is repairable.  Both of my small transmitting loops I left on our back patio miraculously survived intact, too.  All of my other antennas were already taken down and put away before we evacuated Rockport so I am relieved to report that all is OK in that regard.  I do miss being able to chase the fall/winter dx and do a bit of contesting, though! 

I will post another update as soon as things "return to normal" around here.

I also have a small pile of QSL cards that still need to be taken care of but those will be dealt with upon our return---thanks to all who are waiting so patiently for my card---I will be able to return the favor eventually. 

73,  Jeff

My radio affliction started early in life as a BCB DXer around 1963 when I was 12 years old. I later became interested in ham radio as a SWL (WPE6GQN issued by Popular Electronics Magazine!) upon an acquiring a Lafayette HA-230 general coverage receiver a year or two later. Throughout the following decade I dabbled in SSB CB DXing with a Cobra 132 12-watt rig and later a modified Tempo One. By 1984 I had tired of CB (despite always trying to emulate more knowledgeable and tactful hams) and I thought I'd buckle down and get serious about getting my ham ticket instead.  I bought a Kenwood TS-430S and a Butternut HF6V to inspire me further but procrastination and learning the code still got the better of me.  I continued to SWL and dream about being a real ham, though.

Once I discovered that the CW requirement was dropped I went for my Tech ticket at Pacificon in October 1996 and passed on the first attempt.  A lot of what I had learned over the previous decades by SWLing countless ham band ragchews and dx chasers paid off. I was issued the call KF6GYS at first but barely a week later I got a notice from the FCC that they'd made a mistake and my call was KF6GYM instead.  

OK, now I was off and running with my lifelong dream of becoming a licensed ham!

My primary interest then (as it still is now) was chasing dx on six meters.  I had never known much about this unique band before the mid 1990s when I started seeking out copies of QST, 73 and CQ magazines at local bookstores and magazine racks in my spare time.  

An article about the propagation characteristics available via the Magic Band piqued my growing interest and I decided to pursue Six with a passion.  In early 1997 I bought a mint condition Kenwood TS-690s at the Livermore Electronics Swap Meet and built a two-element Yagi from scratch.  I also acquired an early version M2 HO Loop, couple of 12 volt marine gel cells and some solar panels with which I could quickly set up a portable station from my car on a nearby hilltop (1100-foot Mulholland Ridge, Orinda/Moraga, California CM87ws pictured below).

By my second or third year as a ham I had become a diehard VHFUHF weak-signal op and seldom missed a contest or sporadic E opening. Photo above is from the June 2000 ARRL VHF Contest.

I also lugged all of this up a mountain trail one day in early May, 1997 on Mt. Tamalpais (CM88, Marin County) to make my first 6M sporadic E contact ever---W1IPL, (DM76, Taos County, New Mexico).  This provided a real thrill and several other Es QSOs spurred me on to get more involved with weak signal operating. Soon I was regularly operating on 144, 222, 432 and 1296MHz as well with additional rigs and bigger antennas.  

In 1998 (or perhaps 1999) I managed to make three or four California to New Zealand QSOs from my 100-watt/5-element Yagi portable set up near the summit of 3,849 foot Mt. Diablo (CM97). I might as well have won the Nobel Prize, an Oscar and the Kentucky Derby I was so excited up there on that mountainside!  I had discovered firsthand that DX was truly a reality for six meter ops like me.

KF6GYM/P at one of my three favorite operating spots near the summit of Mt. Diablo, CM97   late 1990s photo by my then YL Leticia, now KG5SWN

I did actually win or place in many VHF contests from then on. I used my Bay Area hilltops to good advantage and also took up roving for some fun contest adventures. I also became active with SMIRK and the Western States Weak Signal Society during that time and attended a number of small hamfests hosted by my friend/Elmer Larry, W6OMF (SK) on his Vacaville ranch. There I had many eyeball QSOs with other hams that I had often worked during contests, too.

In early 2001 I married my longtime YL, Leticia (now KG5SWN) and several months later we decided to pack up our belongings and move to the island of Hawaii.  The first time I got my Icom 746 set up out on our spacious balcony in Mark Twain Estates (south of Na'alehu) I worked Ecuador and the Galapagos very easily.  100 watts and my HO loop resting on the wooden balcony railing netted these first two DXCCs with solid 59+ reports! The rest is history, as they say but our move to KH6 was a brilliant one.  It provided thousands of memorable contacts able to be made via a nearly ideal mid-ocean QTH (BK29eb) and the plentiful F2, Es and TEP propagation of Cycle 23.  

Operating 6M mobile in Reddy, our old 4Runner along Saddle Road, Hawaii circa 2001-2002. The elevation here is around 6,000 feet asl.

By early 2002 I acquired my vanity call, NH7RO and set up my dream station: SSB Electronik transverter, Teletec DXP-180 solid state amp, Yaesu FT-1000MP and M2 6M7JHV 31' long Yagi.  I later added the Commander VHF-1200 amplifier I brought over from the mainland and became one of the half-dozen lucky big guns on six meters out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  

My station on Makaleka Road near Waiohinu/Na'alehu, Hawaii, BK29eb  circa 2002-2003


My Commander VHF-1200 used for all of my EU/Africa longpath openings  (got 20/9 reports from Greece and elsewhere in EU!):

6M7JHV shortly prior to installation at Makaleka Road QTH

Via a block and tackle setup and homebrew tiltover mast the 6M7JHV was a cinch to hoist aloft 31'

Collecting driftwood at Ka La'e (South Point, the southernmost point of land in the USA) and dreaming of six-meter dx...   late 2001    I regret never operating portable from this beach in ultra-rare BK28---boo hoo!  I guess I was too busy working stations from my comfy home QTH... 

Living the dream---with several extensive long path F2 openings to Europe, Asia and Africa---was icing on the proverbial cake!

As I am now living and operating from the flatlands of the Gulf Coast of Texas I miss the loftier QTHs I had in Hawaii, New Mexico and California which were especially helpful on the VHF bands.

Considering the ongoing ruination of my home state I can't say I miss California for anything else, though!




After 11 years of living in "Paradise" the XYL and I decided to leave Hawaii and move back to the Mainland.  We decided on New Mexico where I'd lived in the 1980s---but found the high-altitude winters to be too cold---so we headed to South Texas the following year.  Now we have a year-round warm and humid climate and most of the same tropical plants that we had growing around us in Hawaii---and I'm still in a rare grid (EL18) for VHF DX, too.

(August 2017 update was pre-empted by Hurricane Harvey)

June 2017 update:

Earlier this month I built an H double bay bi-directional wire beam for 6 meters and have made a number of good contacts with it.  I have it suspended from a homebrewed flagpole that leans out above our upstairs balcony (photo will be added soon).  For the June VHF and SMIRK contests I'll be using this plus my HO Loop and a 6M Traffie hexbeam atop a telescoping mast.  Hope to work you with good multi-hop Es this summer! 

May 2017 update:

Gearing up for some 6 meter activity now that the Es season is upon us.  I installed my nearly 20-year old M2 HO loop about a wavelength above ground on the edge of our balcony in late April:

Partial disguise/minimization courtesy of our local Wal-Mart's fake houseplants aisle.


My stealthy tri-band elevated vertical for 15-17-20 meters mildly disguised as a tree sapling in the woods behind me was completed in mid April.  It has been performing very well when the propagation is in.  My very first contact was made on 17M with a station operating just 3 miles from my old KH6 QTH in Volcano!

AH6HI, Dan was operating from KH7M Massimo's QRO contest station over by the Volcano Golf Course where my xyl once worked.  Big Island, small world!  Turns out that Dan and I had even had an eyeball QSO about twelve years ago at Manauka State Park, too!

Here are a couple of pix of my stealthy vertical taken out in the woods looking back towards our condo building in the background.  The woods provide lots of cover.

The 16' tall antenna is off to the center-right and tilts a little off to one side.  It is mounted on a burlap-covered board and the feedpoint is 8 feet above ground.  The 10 radials slope from 8 feet down to 6 feet and so far, no one else in our HOA is any wiser...devil

Some more photos:

Set up in the back yard test range for tuning before deployment in the jungle:

April 2017 update:

My XYL (who'll always be a YL in my opinion as she's a lot younger than I am) passed her Technician exam on the third try with flying colors (English is her second language and she had little time to study before her first two tests).

She became KG5SWN on 21 April and now enjoys keeping touch with me via our local 2-meter repeater.

Jeff, NH7RO and Leti, KG5SWN

Our three dearly beloved boys (Silent Paws) that we lost to congestive heart failure, a hit-and-run accident and cancer---all within a nineteen-month period---they are very sorely missed by us.  Nothing will ever replace the memories of wonderful times spent herding these furballs around in our various QTHs from Hawaii to New Mexico to Texas!  They were the best companions we ever had !

Guffino (c.2004 - 7 December 2015)  Curious, goofy, and aloof but lovable as could be!


Guido, my "Antenna Cat" (c.2001 - 9 June 2016) also a Certified Leisure Cat


Garibaldi (c.2003 - 24 July 2017)  Champion Hawaiian jungle ratcatcher, retired 2012


February 2017 update:

I completed building a 7-foot diameter STL made out of 7/8" copper tubing for 40M in mid-February and am currently finishing the square pipe loop project that I decided to revive and complete after beginning work nearly four years ago.  During initial testing it appears to tune between 16 and 27 mhz with the large butterfly capacitor I obtained from Monarch Capacitors (VE3UK).  This is not exactly what I was aiming for in band coverage (10-20M) but it will still come in handy for the odd 12-15-17M QSO should we have propagation there. 

The pipe used is 1.625" OD and the whole assembly probably weighs more than my much larger 40 meter loop!

A few pictures of square loop and the 40M monster follow:

Since the photo was taken I have added a tuning shaft and 6:1 drive reduction as well as a trimming of the big cap's threaded rods protruding below it.  I am still fiddling with the placement of the coupling loop and mounting of the reduction drive to the PVC mast.

The 40M loop was finished in the evening hence my first photo of it was taken with flash:

It is manually tuned and easy to find the resonant point by hooking up my RigExpert to it while set on the desired frequency and turning the knob on the bottom of the shaft. Takes about 15 seconds and a quick run in and out of the shack.  Eventually I will add a motor drive of some sort but for now this arrangement works for me.

I also drilled numerous holes in the wood frame and base to lighten the whole assembly a little; it still weighs around twenty pounds or more and is a bit unwieldy while hoisting atop my five-foot wooden support stand.  I've already worked more DXCCs with this big loop over one contest weekend than all the time I had a vertical set up in my KH6 QTH in 2011-2012.  Nice and quiet  on receive, too and it handles 600 watts with ease (I really need it most of the time on 40M SSB, too).

January 2017 update;  Just completed building my 15-17-20M STL replacement for my original 10-20M STL that got damaged last year.   Here are a couple of photos of it in our back yard:

Under construction

I used two sections of 0.875 inch soft copper tubing connected together at the vacuum variable capacitor under the plastic cover to provide a slightly larger equivalent diameter radiating element.  So far, so good; my first three contacts were FG5, ZD7 and ZD8 and all gave me 5x7 or better reports.

(The large wire coupling (feed) loop seen in these pix has been revised to a smaller one made out of 1/4" HVAC tubing and is placed closer to the center than offset as before)

Using a 5vdc 2RPM gearmotor with a 6:1 vernier reduction drive coupled to a fiberglass driveway marker for very slow but also very fine tuning.  Nothing speedy or fancy but it works.  The direction and motor speed is controlled in the shack via a 12>5 vdc voltage reducer and PWM DC motor speed/direction control purchased on eBay.

Rough tuning indicator:

I am now building a 7-foot diameter (0.05 wavelength) 40M STL and more photos of it will also be put up here once it is completed.  Here it is shown under construction:

In addition to these new loops I will also be completing a square 10-20M STL that I started building in 2015 with 1-5/8th" copper pipe.  This project later got "put on the back burner" as I changed my mind on the design mid-stream and wanted to try a less soldered-together design instead.  But I have all the pipe cut, a spare butterfly (air-variable) capacitor on hand so will finish what I started and see how it compares to its replacement.

 I am also going to build a portable hamstick/screwdriver mount and radial plate that I can deploy easily at the beach or in my backyard, too---it's always seems a matter of "so many projects, so little time..."smiley


March, 2016 Update;  My 10-20M STL pictured below is temporarily down (I need to replace the vacuum capacitor as the seal got broken).  In the interim I am using a large screwdriver mounted near the edge of our wooden balcony with a 17-foot telescoping whip and several radials that I can swap out as needed for different bands. 

I'm also operating from my HFto UHF mobile with another screwdriver and various mobile/satellite and weak-signal mode antennas but am not too active with that as most of the time I am often working on my 40/80M two-turn Heliax loop as well as several other ham projects.

Guess which car is mine!

August 2015:

We moved into our new QTH and I finished building my first rolled copper pipe Small Transmitting Loop for 10-20M QRO operation from our back yard.  More details are posted in the QRZ Antenna Forum; search "home-brewed QRO STL for 10-20M" if interested. 




1/5 diameter coupling loop feed made from #10 gauge wire, SO-239 and reuseable cable tie.  I slide this down closer to the big loop for operation on 20M---all other bands (17-15-12-10) tune flat at this position shown.

Wooden base and stand with stainless steel mount (mount obtained at Pacificon Hamfest in 1999). DC gearmotor mounted on bamboo cutting board and rigged with a makeshift band position indicator made out of drinking straws and toothpicks epoxied to a plastic nut that rides up/down on the aluminum all-thread as the cap shaft turns.

Polished smooth before application of paint to inhibit surface corrosion

5-100pf Russian 25kv capacitor

Guido, my Antenna Cat (2001-2016 R.I.P.) now a Silent Paw and sorely missed.

73 from EL18, Jeff


G3TXQ-style cobweb homebrewed at my Volcano QTH:

Part of my antenna farm at dusk:

View from my first KH6 QTH where I actually worked 82 countries on 6 meters in less than two years (between 2001-2003).

My first DX contact was with Ecuador on an HO Loop sitting on my deck railing while looking at this gorgeous expanse of ocean!

Mark Twain Estates, Na'alehu, Hawaii.

Here I realized that I had become (by the choice of my location) the "Southernmost 6 meters operator in the 50 US States" as I was the only active 6M ham in the area.

Na'alehu calls itself "The Southernmost Community in the United States" and is approximately 300+ miles further south than Key West, Florida (My QTH at BK29eb was at 19 degrees North Lattitude).

Volcano, HI (BK29jk) where I lived the last 6 of my 11 years in Hawaii; it rained forever (almost):

Old Hawaiian philosophy:

My trusty 6M5X that I have used since 1998:


6 meters

85 DXCCs (November, 2001 to October 2011) Antennas used: M2 HO LOOP, 6M5X & 6M7JHV Yagis, 100-1200w PEP SSB

Last Cycle 23 new countries worked: October, 2003: CE0Y, V31, YS, 8P9 , HL, VK7, and P49.

Last Cycle 23 DX QSOs, April 9-12 2004; VK4ABW, VK8MS, VK8RH and heard-only: T33C/B and T33C.

1ST CYCLE 24 DX FOR ME IN BK29: FK8CP 50.110 SSB 5X3 at 0805z 9 April 2011; my report was 4x1 with 100 watts and my 5 element Yagi

Also worked VK8RR, VK8MS and E51CG the following evening (E51 83rd DXCC on 6). F2 Propagation returned 7 years to the day!

16 September 2011 I worked A35CT (Tonga, my #84) while he was running 5W to a HO loop at 20 feet above the ocean; 5x2 to 5x9 reports exchanged. Thanks for the great QSO, Craig; 100% copy both ways!

3D2R (Rotuma) worked around 0900Z Oct. 4th '11 for #85 and my last new one from Hawaii.


DXCCs: 80/85

(still awaiting cards from: ZD8KW and V31PC)

WAC: 6/6 50 MHz Phone WAC May 2002

WAS: 40/41

ZONES: 25/25 50MHz WAZ #058 March 2003

FIELDS: 69/71

GRIDS: 420/450 50 MHz VUCC #1233 400-grid endorsement Feb. 2004.

Thanks to Cesar, HC3AP, for FI06--my last Cycle 23new grid worked--November, 2003. E51CG in BG08ct 1st new DXCC /field / grid Cycle 24

BEST TERRESTIAL DX: ZD7VC 16,810km via F2/TEP, ZD8KW 15,649km F2 path and PW0T14,352km F2 path


Also worked seven EU-KH6 long-path openings between 16th March--8th April 2002, including: CT3, EH, EH8, DL, F, I, IS, LZ, OE, OK, OM, SV, S57, UR, YO, YU, 9A, 9H, and 5B4 (shortest lp @26,073km). Heard ZR5ADQ CQ on 12th April but not wkd.


EA8: (Canary Islands) EH8BPX 18 March 2002

FJ: (St. Barthelemy, FWI) FJ5DX 13 March 2002

PY0/T (Trindade & Martim Vaz) PW0T 01 March 2002

TG: (Guatemala) TG9NX 19 May 2002

TI9: (Isla del Cocos) TI9M 01 March 2002

UR: (Ukraine) UR6IM, UY9IF, UT7IY, 16 March 2002 (A miraculous 3-minute opening close to 1AM local)

MEMBERSHIPS: SMIRK #6176, UKSMG #2232, Western States Weak Signal Society

6M dxing with a HO loop and Icom 746 at 2100 meters asl on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano.

As I recall, I only worked a couple of Argentinians that day, slow compared to the usual activity in 2003.


My first Moxon, built for ten meters during the summer of 2010:

10 meters

144 DXCCs worked between June, 2010 and April 2012:


JA, LU, PY, KP4, YN, TG, FM, FG, 6Y5, W1-0, VK2-8, HK, E51, CE, XE1,2, TI, HC, 9W2, YC, FO, CX, ZP, HP, PJ2, PJ5-6, HI, 9W6, KH2, YV, PJ7, ZF, D4C, 9Y4, 3D2 (Fiji), 3D2 (Rotuma)PJ4, BD, HS, BV, RA0/UA0, VE1-8, VR2, FY, KP2, P43, HC8, DV, 8R1, AH0, V6, ZM, 5W0, KL1,7, 6V7, OA, CP, ZL8, V3, VK9N, J6, HH2, T30, 8P, D2, J88, H44, 4A4 (XF4), V25, EC/EA8, CU2, HR5, FK, DS1, VP5, V73, T32, 3DA0, ZS3-6, T31, P29, 4W6, A35, HL, EB, YJ0, HK0 (San Andres), VP9, CT1, 7X4, J3, Z21, CN8, VK9C, MW0, F5, IW, ON, HZ1, DO7, 4Z5, TX7M, FR, 3W, EY8, ZK2X, V85, C5, VP2, CM, H2-P33, YP3, UT, V26, ZD8, KH7, 4O3, OM, OH-OG, RA,OK, OE, CE0Y, C6, PE1, SM2, T2T, 9N7, VP8, J79, ZD7, 9L0, GM, SP, S59, YL, G0,T8, V63, VK0, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo), XW3, JT5, V55, E51M (North Cooks wkd with 3 watts ssb; my very last QSO from Hawaii!)

My simple but effective 100w solar power setup:

12 meters

43 DXCCs worked between September 2011 and April 2012:

ON, TF, TG, ZD7, 4W6, TI, EA8, VA, KH2, FM, JE, NH6, E51, T32C, EA9 (Ceuta), V3, VK9C, CU7, FG, VP9, PJ5, ZK2, VO1, YN, D2A, XU7, T2T, ZD8, HC8, VR2,VP8, T88, HS0, J79, CO, ZF2 DU1, VK2-7, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo), C21, FW0, HU2 (YS)

My 12M, 15M, 6M and 17-meter antennas can be seen in this ultra-wide angle shot below:

15 meters

130 DXCCs worked since mid-2011 to April 2012

CP, KH8, HC, CO, YB, 4W6, FP, 8R1, 3D2 (Rotuma), BV, VR2, OH, T32, CT, YS, G4, V47, TX7M, 3W, OX, HL, VK9C, 8P6, VK0, ZF, XE, BY, DX, W6, VK, WH2, VP5, KL2, CR2, GI0, ZK2, EI, ED, OK, ON, DC, NH0, PJ4T, TI, VE, P43, CE, KP2, TO5, A52, JA, CV (CX), UN, EY, ZM, LU, PW, 9M6, KH6, FY, RA0, YY8, ZD8, XU7, VP8, 5W0, C91, FO, J79, V3, T88, J67, E51, FM, VP2E, ZD7, FR, FG, HI8, C21, VP6, HK0 (Malpelo),TN2, J38, FW0, VP9, TO3 (FJ), HR, KG4, V25, ZS, J69, HK3, J88, VP2E, NH2, 6Y1, C6, OA, PJ7PT (100th DXCC wkd 8 March 2012), 9Y4, TG9, PJ2, V21, SV2, HA4, D44, JT5, HS0, 9V1, 4X9, H22, LX7, 9A, S51, CN2 (5D5), EE8, TM1,7 (F5), NP4, V5, OQ, IU9, E7D, HF3 (SP), ED9, ZP5, YO4, YL2, E51M (North Cooks), J52HF (last 15M QSO from Hawaii)

My 17M homebrew Moxon atop a 33' New Wave Portapole:

17 meters

68 DXCCs worked between December, 2010 and February, 2012:

CX, YS, JR, VK, 9M, 3D2, BM, JD1, T8, ZL, FM, XE, CE, KP4, V31, H44, VP8, S9, HC, J6, TG, CO, VR, LU, JA, WH2, FO, PP, 4A4 (XF4), UA9, VE3, T30, J73, OX, CU, PJ2, FP, TE8, VU4, CT, GM0, VP5, OK, M0, ON5, HB9, C21, KH4, DL, 5N7, 4W6, LZ, T32C, TX7M, TU, HC8, J79, ZD8, FS, 9L0, VK0, WH0, TI, HL, 6Y5, VP2E, HK0 (Malpelo), KG4

The 20-meter rotatable folded dipole I built with fiberglass, PVC couplings, 18 ga. copper wire and mounted atop a 35-foot tall piece of bamboo cut from a neighborhood grove:

20 meters

61 DXCCs from mid-March 2011 to April 2012:

E51, ZL, PJ7, LU, 8P5-6, FM, CE, P40, UP2, OL, YL, YQ, 9A, S53, V51B (18,674km, my best DX on 20), KH2, CE9/RI1-CE9/KC4, 9Y4, ES5, VP6, P29, IK (IK4GRO was my first QSO made an hour after finishing the assembly of my new K3/100 25 June), LY5, ZK2, V21, T32, D44, UA0, FO, ZR, JY, 8R1, FR, ZD8, VK, JA, CX, TX5, VE, OG, SO, S57, VQ5, K6, KH6, VK, VP8, PJ2, 6Y5, FK, C21, 6V7, VP2E, PZ5, PT5, CR3, BV0, DU1, CQ8

My old (1984) Butternut HF6V converted to an HF5V with two-dozen buried radials:

40 meters

12 DXCCs from Nov 2010 to March 2012:

4A4 (XF4), XF1,T32, YB, XE, VE, K3, JA, KH7, NL7, C5, CE

My other interests are lapidary work (I specialize in cutting turquoise and variscite) and travel/fine art photography, both passions I've held since the late 1960s:


Some examples of my fine-art/travel photography:


I shot this from the roof of a 17th Century bridge tower one cold January morning in Prague and it later won me 1st Place in a 1995 nationwide architectural photography competition sponsored by the Oakland Museum.

Karluv Most, Praha  1995


Femmes aux Trocadero, Paris  1993   (published as part of my four Parisian-image poster by Portal Publications around 2007)

Catalogue release announcement by Studio E/L, Emeryville, CA which I rejoined in 2017 (148 black-and-white images of mine are now in their current catalogue---check them out on studioel.com/artist-detail.php if interested)


A few personal favorites follow:

Basketball hoops, Rochefort, France  1993


Les Fantomes de Monoprix,  Paris   1993


New Year's Eve, Venice  1994


"Spike" -  Notre Dame, Paris  1992


Les Arbres Denudes, Paris  1994  (published as a poster by Editions Ltd @2008)


Le Vent du Fouras,  Plage de Fouras, France 1993  (published in poster form in Cheltenham, U.K. circa 2003)

My "Venetian Memories" poster published by Canadian Art Prints circa 2005

I also did a great deal of music/concert photography in the 1970s-1990s:

My image above of Bob Marley (Santa Cruz, CA 1978) was published on the cover of Reggae Report Magazine and was used for a CD cover in the late 1980s/mid-1990s.



Three large color prints from my "Electronica Series" adorn this West Coast law office.  I did all of my own color and black and white printing the old-fashioned way---in a darkroom!

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Back home, I always enjoy DIYing antennas and various non-ham projects---but assembling some Elecraft gear was more enjoyable than I ever imagined!

When I fired it up the very first time it passed the "smoke test." Yippee!

After the smoke test I installed the 100-watt PA module as well as the sub-receiver:

Attaching the long ribbon cable inside the P3:

Delving into building the KPA500...

All ready for the hefty toroidal transformer now...

To anyone considering building any of Elecraft's kits I can now wholeheartedly recommend the experience!

Thank you for visiting my QRZ page!----Jeff, NH7RO (now /W5 but still using my KH6 call)

Large Visitor Globe


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