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NN1N/1 Maine, 2015.  6M5X and KW, 5 el 2 m / 5el 432

NN1N/7 WY DN64

 

Station: IC-7700x2, TS930s, JST 245, FT897, AL1200x2, SB226 for 6

Home Antennas:

160: Inv Vee; Slanted wire vertical; 1000 foot Beverage for EU; 580 foot Beverage for West; and 580 foot for Africa.

80: 4 Square

40: 2/2 x 2/2 (4-yagi H array) for EU;

2/2 southeast;

2el rotatable

30: 2 el rotatable

20: 5/5 rotatable;

2/2 west;

3 el rotatable

17: 3 el rotatable

15: 6/6/6 for EU (top rotatable), LDF6 Heliax;

4 el rotatable;

3 el rotatable;

4 el southeast;

2/2 west

12: 4 el rotatable

10: 6/6/6 for EU, LDF6 Heliax;

7 el rotatable;

5 el southeast;

4/2 west;

4 el rotatable

6: 9 el rotatable. LDF6 Heliax

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CW Ops # 123 -- 10-X # 20015

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I was first licensed at age 12, in 1977 as WD9DCL, thanks to my Dad's inspiration and coaching (my Dad is Dave, N9IA), and to help from Tony, W9JXN, and from Bob, WA9SLT (sk), who gave me the Novice exam. I just loved to operate--still do. My first chance to join a multi-op other than Field Day was at W9NIN's place in Bartlett IL operating the 1978 10 Meter Contest.  That was so much fun.  My friend Parker, WD9DNL -- now WDØDX, and I spent a lot of time DXing and learning the ropes -- even trying to call operators in rare countries on the telephone to see if they could get on the air for a QSO! blush

I've used a bunch of calls over the last 40 years: WD9DCL, KJ9W, AH2U, NU9R, WOØG, AA9AK, WX3N, KW9KW, W9QA, NT1N, and NN1N. Some of my DX calls appear at the bottom of this page in boldface.

I've tried pretty much everything in Ham Radio. I naturally gravitate to anything that involves operating the equipment. Combining operating skills with endurance tests, contesting became one of my challenges. Battling through the demons after being awake for days is one of those experiences which one needs to have in order to understand. I enjoyed learning about contesting from the great crew at K9HMB in the late 70s. I joined the Navy in 1982 so I could be DX. I served on the USS Proteus for 15 months and then transferred to shore duty at the Naval Air Station Agana, at a communications station that was part of the Naval Communications Area Master Station, Western Pacific. Ran into KD7P (now N7XR) and KG6DX on Guam and had a lot of fun there largely thanks to them.

After leaving Guam, I spent some time in Northern Illinois with the Naval Reserve, working for the Mobile Technical Unit 2 Detachment 113 at Great Lakes Naval Station, and working on the USS Iowa in Norfolk. I went to school at Western Illinois University (where one of my roommates was Scott, KI5DR)-- mostly because WIU was only a 1.75 hour drive to the great station of Lew and Terry Gordon, K4VX and NSØZ in Hannibal. Some of the best times of my life were found in Hannibal climbing Lew's towers and operating with Lew's crews including KRØY, KM9P (sk), K9BGL, K9FD, WBØIUN, N4CC, KD9Q (sk), KØCA, N9JF (and kids), and lots of regional ops who would drive down once in a while, like W9WI, WN4KKN, AAØCR, K9ZO, K4XU, AG9A, AC9C, K9WO, K9PG and others I no doubt missed.

AG9A and I made a few trips to the Pacific and Asia in the early 90s, including a stint with Steve, VS6WO/K9WO. I worked in Hong Kong for a couple of months (at end of grad school, I had the time) helping Steve build the rooftop multi-transmitter contest station in Hong Kong. That was another highlight of my life. Operating VS6WO as a single op in 1994 with a fully automated SO2R station in CQWW CW was one of the most interesting contesting experiences I have had. Joining Trey, N5KO, and AG9A at HC8N was another terrific opportunity and produced another world record in CQWW CW. There was a year there, in 1998/99, when AG9A and I were part of the different teams holding the world records at the same time in CQWW CW for multi-single (HC8N) and multi-multi (6Y2A.)

After a few years Mark and I joined up with Team Vertical : K2KW, N6BT, KE7X, W4SO, and N6TV and later N6BV and K9ZO and had some remarkable experiences from Jamaica as 6Y4A, 6Y2A, and from Coche Island, Venezuela, 4M7X using verticals on the beach.

All in between these events I had the privilege of joining operations, or going single-op at K9HMB, WB9Z, K3LR, K1AR/K1EA, K9EC, K9ZO, W9RM, K9NS, KL7RA, KS9K, VA9DH, KC1XX, K5ZD, K1ZZ, KR1G, W1UK, KT1V, WRTCs in 1996 (W6T) and 2002 (OJ1F), XE1KK, 4U1UN, W5ZN, and lots of others.

Lately I have enjoyed setting up a mobile/portable station from rare grid squares as you can see from the pics above.  I found that a simple Glen Martin Engineering roof tower can be easily mounted in the bed of a pick-up, held down with tie downs from Home Depot, that will hold considerable antenna and rotor load.  It takes a while to set-up, so it isn't for quick deploy, but great for a weekend operation.

I continue to love this Ham Radio stuff, and the people that make up our world. Now, as I grow older, I really enjoy being able to roll out of the rack and operate my own station. Having your own station is such a luxury, and I thank many people for their help in building, including W1UK, W1YM, N8RA, K1ZZ, N7NG, K7BV, N6BV, K1UQT, K7CCC, W3IZ, K1MAA, TF8GX, K1TO, K1CC, K5ZD, KC1XX, W1WEF and others whom have given me lots of their time and expertise. 

The result of all this work, practice, sweat, and money was setting the USA record high score in CQWW CW in 2013 with 10,652,128 points on 5093 QSOs.  I've learned that it is difficult to keep this many antennas working at the same time  :-) 

CU on the air.

 

I am QSL Manager for the following calls, some of which are from my operations and some from those of my friends.

4A3A; 5J1W; 6Y5/W9QA; 8P1A; 8P5A; 8P7A; 8P8P; 8P9DG; 8P9JG; 8P9KU; 8P9KW; 8Q7WA (1991, AG9A's call); 8Q7WQ (1991, my call); 8Q7WX (1991, K9PG's call); A7/M0FGA; AA9AK/AH2; AA9AK/VS6; AA9AK/WHØ; AG9A/AH2; AG9A/WH0; AH2U; AH3C; JL8UHZ; KC6KW (Palau, 1991, my call); KC6XX (Palau 1991, AG9A's call); KJ9W/KH2; KJ6BZ; KJ9W/DU2; KN0E/KH3; KN0E/NH3; M0FGA; NN1N/NH2; NN1N/NL1 OH2/NT1N; T32BS; TF/NN1N; TF8/NT1N;VR2/WX3N; VS6/AA9AK; W9QA/6Y5; WX3N/HD1; WX3N/HD8; WX3N/VE3; YV7/NT1N

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