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2 Meter WAS #140, 6 Meter DXCC #188; 6 Meter WAS #943; 6 Meter WAC.

50 MHz (since 1971) worked 140 DXCC Countries and heard 149 Countries.  First 50 MHz DXCC in the Carolinas.

Primary 6 meter QTH is EM96df.  Located on Rich Mountain one of the Blue Ridge Mountains at 4700' near Boone in the North Carolina High Country.  The 50 MHz station is 2 x 7 el antennas on 1.2 wl booms, 1-5/8" hardline, amp 2x 4cx250b at 500+ watts or barefoot at 4 watts when conditions permit.

***NEW***  Summer of 2017 another experimental antenna built and installed with the assistance of W2ZV, W3GQ, W3OA, W4AAH and my XYL.  This new antenna is 8 x 4 element cubical quads fed with 7/8" hardline and pointed at 50 degrees from EM96.  The individual antennas are strung from trees about 15' off the ground.  8 antennas 10'  booms and each spaced 20' apart spread out 140' along the ridge line on this mountain.  The antenna generates 19+ dbi forward gain with good results compared against the 2x 7 element stacked antenna.  This Quad array is superior to a previous experimental 32 element collinear array which was only 80' wide.  Plans to point the antenna at the moon to determine if moonrise echos are possible with this array.

Primary 20/40 meter QTH is EM95lg in Mount Holly, NC (a suburb of Charlotte, NC).   Using homebrew QRP rigs (transceivers, antennas and keyer) operating 100 mw to 5 watts.  Over the last decade home-brew QRP has become an area of interest.  It never ceases to amaze me that contacts can be made using such low power levels.  To date I have worked 40 countries on 40 meters with 1 watt.  I continue to work toward QRP DXCC with a home made QRP station.  For me, the challenge of QRP has made ham radio fun again.

Various past Antennas include 8 x 17el M2 on 2 meters for EME (could hear my EME echoes with as little as 75 watts); full size 2 el wire quad on 75m (big antenna); full size 2 el wire beam on 75m; full size 3 el wire quad on 40m (could easily work EU QRP); five element vertical beam on 40 (another antenna that could work EU QRP); 2x 9el M2 on 6 in Boone and Mount Holly; and 3 Beverage antennas 250', 375' and 375' used for 75 meter band and AM Broadcast band reception.

A spin off from this hobby is making guitar amplifiers and effects boxes. Licensed in 1971 as WB4WTC, I am a second generation Ham. My Father W4AAH passed away in 2004. I am proud to say that my son is a 3rd generation ham and now he is W4AAH.

The photo of me appearing above was taken by my friend JA1VOK during a visit in 2007.

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