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Top photo shows  a lonely walnut tree supporting  the 52 ft aluminum mast, with the 160m and 80m  qtr wave inverted L's   sloping East and South, plus a guy rope sloping  northwest.  Fed by 350 ft of  old  coax, and 22x65' #17 aluminum radials.

2nd Photo: xyl's veggie garden guarded by  the quarter wave ground plane antenna farm.    From right to left:  the south (right) wall of the garden supports:  30m GP w/4 radials; 10m GP w/4 radials; 17m GP with 4 radials;  Then the east wall supports the 2 el. 20m phased array beaming N or S;  Behind it is the 40m 2 el phased array  beaming NE, SW, or omni.  All antennas are home brew using wire on  cheap fiberglas fishing poles inserted into  1.5" mil surplus 4 ft aluminum mast sections.  Almost forgot: the front left corner  20'  mast supports  80m & 40m  NVIS  inv-V antennas  used in the OhQP,  PaQP, and OSPOTA contests.

3rd Photo:  My best  Ohio contesting QTH from 1981-1995 with KT34XA tribander (best antenna I ever owned.) at 56 ft., near a hilltop. Not shown are HyGain 204BA monobander and DB 10-15A duoband yagis (back up antennas.)

Final photo:  shows the latest QSL card. The graphics are via OH7RF c. 1973, who I worked as ON8UD. Always thought his qsl caught the essense of contesting! Tnx Jack!.


W3HKK: licensed since 1956, the second holder of this call, all time. RCC, WAS, Bicentennial WAS, 5BDXCC. Former DX call signs: F7AL ( 1965-67); 5A3TG (1967); 9G1GS (1969); ON8UD (1972-73); PY8/W3HKK (2004)

USAF Veteran: AGE/MARS - 1965-68; stationed at: Lackland AFB, TX; Chanute AFB, IL; Phalsbourg AB, France (F7AL); Wheelus AB, Libya (5A3TG, MARS); and Travis AFB, CA (MARS.)

Graduate of: Northeast High School, Phila., Pa. 1959; & Penn State University 1968, BSEE.

CAREER: 1969-70: Seismic oil exploration with Western Geophysical/Litton Industries - in TX, LA, W. Hounslow, England; Cork, Ireland; Lisbon, Portugal; Accra & Takoradi, Ghana (9G1GS); Douala, Cameroun; and Rio, Belem, Sao Luiz, Fortaleza, Recife, Santarem, Manaus, Itacoaciara, Oriximina, Obidos, Amapa, Brazil. 1971-1999: Fire Protection Engineer/Regional Engineering Manager, Kemper Insurance-HPR Dept/NATLSCO; in Pittsburgh, Pa; Liege, Belgium; Syracuse, NY; and Mansfield & Beachwood, OH. Society of Fire Protection Engineers: past member; Secretary, Vice President, President, Past President and Board Member of the Central Ohio Chapter, SFPE;

National Fire Protection Association: Past member, NFPA 8500 Committee - Boilers/Furnaces.

Retired from Kemper Insurance Companies 11/1/99, as Regional Engineering Manager, Cleveland Office, NATLSCO.

Current Home QTH: Licking County, OH. (since 2009)


Dec., 2004: Portable in Belem, Para, Brazil,from LABRE's club station, and from PY8AZT's FB QTH. Tnx Luc!

July 1996 - May, 2009: Summit Co., OH

June, 1981 -July, 1996: Richland Co. OH

Dec., 1975 - June, 1981: Onondaga Co., NY (RAGS)

July, 1973 - Dec., 1975: Liege, Belgium )(UBA)

Sep., 1971 - Feb., 1973: Allegheny Co., PA.

Nov. 1970 - Sep., 1971 Lancaster Co,, PA.

Jan. 1969 - Nov., 1970 Texas, Louisiana, England, Ireland, Portugal, Ghana, Cameroun, and 1 yr. in Brazil (Belem, Manaus,Amapa, Obidos, Santarem, Itacoachiara, Sao Luiz, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, Rio)

Jan. 1965 - Jan., 1968 Texas, Illinois, France, Libya, CA., Pa. March, 1956 - Jan., 1965 Phila., PA.

MEMBER: ARRL, COOKEN ARC; Mad River Radio Club.

Currently active on 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6 and 2M. Modes: mostly cw, some ssb, a little psk, rtty, FM.

CW: use Vibroplex Lightening bug, or a direct plug-in "cw buddy" external board +  keyboard.



SAL-30   RX Antenna for 160-80-60-40m.   (Not shown. See below for details.)

30M, 17M, 10M: Monoband quarter wave ground planes (4 elevated radials)

40M: two  phased qtr wave ground planes spaced a qtr wave; 8 elevated radials.radiating NE orSW, and when in phase, an omnidirectional pattern . Specs call for 3 db gain and 15-20db f/b. Bonus coverage: The 40M PA works fairly well on 15m through the tuner.

20M: ( 11/1/15) another monoband 2-el. phased vertical array looking N or S.

6M: 5 el Cushcraft yagi, 15 ft above ground. It's made over 600 qsos with 24countries, & most states. My first qso EVER on 6 was on cw with KP4-land, using a 40M ground plane. That motivated me to get a beam.

160M-80M-60M:  two  52' tall, qtr wave inverted L's for 80 and 160M.  w/ a single coax feed. 44 x 65 ft radials are uncoiled and laid in the grass once the grass mowing season is over! The 100w rig delivers 87 watts to the base of the antenna. As a bonus, it forks FB on 60m, too.  (11 countries worked.)

RIGS: ICOM 7600 ( 160-6m) I like its' dedicated keyboard usb'd into the front panel, for psk, rtty, and memory programming ( But why not cw too?) No external software is needed for those modes. The built-in tuner handles up to a 10:1 swr. And the spectrum scope is very useful to see when bands are open, without having to tune around. I rely heavily on the scope and the memory keyers these days, with a Vibroplex Lightning Bug for fill ins and general rag chewing on cw.

AMPLIFIER:  Jan. 2014 saw a TenTec Centurion amp added to the shack.  Huge difference on 160m dxing was noted.  The 1999 built amp recently needed a new pair of 3-500z's.

BACK UP RIGS: Two complete FT-901DM and FT-902DM stations, now pushing 40 years old, including monitor scope, external vfos, external tuners and speaker/patches. Both xcvrs are solid state except for the pair of  6146B finals. (FT- 901/902 xcvrs were former state of the art rigs back in the 80s, heavily used in DX contests, racking upTop Scores in W.NY and Ohio sections over multiple years, including #2 in all of 8-land with a score of over 1 million points.

Software: Logger 32, HRD, and N1MM+.

VHF/UHF Home Station: IC-207 ( 2+ 440), FT-2400, to a 5/8 ground plane at 25 ft for 2M and 440mhz.

MOBILE: Active at times on 40-20-17-15-12-10 ssb, and 2m/440 FM, in that order. Rigs: TS-50S + AT+ Clearspeech DSP Speaker ( GREAT!) , running 100w ssb to Perth Outbacker or Hustler antenna; IC-207 ( 50w FM) to 5/8ths Larsen magmount for vhf/uhf. Best mobile DX was VK6 on 40 ssb. Also worked numerous ARRL SSB DX Contests while driving from Ohio to Myrtle Beach, SC, making 200-250 contacts on 10-40M. However, logging was a problem. Still, it was great fun and wonderful way to spend a 12 hr drive.

Hobbies: DXing,contesting, antennas; gardening; travel; astronomy; fishing; wine. As a famous french philosopher ( ex:F6VIN) once said, "I've forgotten the village. I've forgotten the girl. But the wine was Chambertin."

CLUB CONTESTING/SPECIAL EVENTS: In recent years Ive spent more time with the local club -COOKEN: (WW8OH, W8TNX, W8FD) operating various events in a multi-op environment: CQWW 160M Contests ( both CW and SSB), the ARRL 6M VHF Contest, Field Day, the Ohio QSO Party, and Ohio State Parks on the Air (OSPOTA) Contestfrom Buckeye Lake State Park, and Dillon State Park, to name a few. Special Events include Arbor Day from Dawes Arboretum, and John Clem Day from a Licking County Historical Society site. Operations are mostly from portable, mostly rural parks, barns, etc. using 100w xcvrs and 30-70 ft high horizontal loops/40 ft inverted L antennas, or a5 element yagi for 6m. Total club activity for 2013 was nearly 10,000qsos. Not bad for a small club.

New 160 Meter Focus:  (9/8/2017)  up to 122 worked/111 confirmed since    spending more time on top band these past two years. The  addition of  an Array Solutions SAL-30 directional RX antenna has proven to be effective on 160, and even more so on 80-60-40m. with   a genuine 20 db F/B.  Very neat to see signals go from in or under the noise to Q5 copy   at the push of a button.  My transmit capability is via  the TenTec Centurion amp (1999 built; new  finals in 2017) and a now 52 ft  tall qtr wave inverted L with 23x 67' ground mounted radials.   See you on  top Band!

DXCC   (as of  3/8/16):     All time  Worked= 347.  Confirmed 338.  Current  Worked:  330.  Confirmed 322  100+ countries worked per band  on 160-10m, (excluding 60m.).  Still working on 6m and 60m DXCC.



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