Arnie, W2HDI, operates from Stowe, Vermont (Lamoille County), marine mobile along the Maine coast, Dstar mobile and with a HotSpot in Stowe on 445.200, and occasionally QRP portable with a KX3 and ParzEndfed dipole.
Fixed station rig is an ICOM 756ProIII with an AL80B amplifier. Primary antenna is a Force 12 3CSS Tribander mounted on a US Tower MA40 crank up mast, usually about 10 meters above ground level, but from a height above average terrain of 550 meters in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Other antennas include dipoles for 40, 80 and 160, a rotatable dipole for 17, and a newly built ground mounted Hustler 4btv with 50 32ft radials, operating on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10. The excellent capability of the vertical has been a very pleasant surprise.
In April, 2014, I operated the KX3 in Palm Desert California with the Parz antenna hung out from my ground floor condo to a small tree and operated CW, working New Zealand with 12 watts. I use the KX3 on CW at home, driving the AL80B to about 400 watts.
Stowe is about 40 km east of Burlington, Vt., and about 150 km south east of Montreal, Canada. Stowe is a major ski resort - the home of Mount Mansfield, and is advertised as "The Ski Capital of the East". We are active cross country skiers, using 100km of groomed trails at the Trapp Family Lodge.
The marine mobile operation is in transition - "Metaphor" was a Tartan 4100 41 ft sloop, but it has now become a 34 ft Maine style lobster boat. The new rig is an Icom 7100, and we're still trying to figure out an optimal HF antenna for this new boat. Metaphor's home port is South Freeport, Maine - about 2 miles from LL Bean, at the top of Casco Bay. During the summer sailing season, we try to check in on the Waterway Net at 0800 on 7.268 SSB. We cruise out of Casco Bay down east towards Mt Dessert Island, and south towards Cape Cod.
I was licensed in 1959 as K8QXA in Cleveland, Ohio, using a Heathkit DX40 and Hallicrafters SX99. W2HDI was issued to me in about 1975. The original call was issued in 1935.
I retired in 2002 and moved to Vermont from the NY City area where we lived since 1970. I worked in international banking in NY for more than 30 years, and now I am active as a banking industry consultant, with a specialty in corporate finance risk training on a global basis. Often in association with my work, my wife and I travel extensively, and have "trekked" or bicycled in 26 countries on five continents.
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