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I moved to the northeastern plains of Colorado in 2014 and currently I am using an Icom 718 and an Icom 706MKIIG.  My current antenna is a OFC 80-6 meter wire antenna up approximately 30 feet.  I live in a very narrow lot and the antenna is running east and west, using the entire length of this lot.

Prior to moving to Colorado, I lived in Gardnerville Nevada for 9 years, in an HOA and was W7PEN.  In Nevada, I had an antenna similar to my current antenna, which was placed under the eaves of the house.  I also used a Hustler BTV that I placed inside 22 feet of PVC pipe, that we made into a flagpole. The ground radials were several rolls of chicken wire under some raised garden beds to keep us away from the eyes of the HOA police (which included my next door neighbor).  I did very well with that set up and really enjoyed the challenges that living in a HOA presented in working the HF bands.  I also used a ventenna to work the local repeaters. 

 My flagpole antenna survived 68 MPH winds (without the flag raised that day!)

I really enjoy working the special event stations and collecting their certificates.  Since I don't have an amplifier or a great antenna system (financial), making the contact is especially rewarding.  I have found that with a 100 watts and a wire, you need great patience and timing to make a contact when so many others are using great antennas and amplifiers.  I really enjoy the special event operators that use the areas when asking for calls.  It lowers the number of stations I need to compete with to make the contact!   

 

                                      During the spring of 2010 I had the great pleasure of  working with six seniors that over the course of that quarter, earned their tech licenses. Next to me from left to right,  Aaron Sever, KF7IDI,  Andrew Detering KF7IDE, Levi Grabow KF7IDF, Preston Lyons KF7IDG, Wade Meddles KF7IDH, and Zach Borgman KF7IFS.

During the spring of 2010, while working at a local high school in Minden, Nevada, I had the pleasure of working with six seniors. During the quarter, the six worked through the (Gordon West) technician class study manual and earned their technician license.  Standing next to me (left to right): Aaron Sever KFIDI, Andrew Deterding KF7IDE, Levi Grabow KF7IDF, Preston Lyons KF7IDG, Wade Meddles KF7IDH, and Zach Borgman KF7IFS.  It was wonderful that that local club (Siera) provided VE's WW7E, W3DRM, NV7YL, AD7CD, and KV7S, that administered the exam for the students.  (As a side note, five of those six students won Nevada State titles in either athletics or academics during that year.)

 

Thank you for looking up my call sign.

You may reach me at w7pen@yahoo.com

 

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