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       Rigs are Yaesu FT-1000 MP MKV and Yaesu FT-100D

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I have lived in Henderson, Nevada since 2003, with my wife Shell and our pet Cockatiel Dusty.  I first got into ham radio in 1959 while living in New Jersey.

I am active on the 80 through 10 meter bands running a maximum power of 800 watts on SSB, CW, and RTTY. On my rare excursions to VHF/UHF I run 25 to 100 watts. I got setup for FT8 shortly after it became available and it allows me to enjoy operating while waiting for the propagation to return. I do not use PSK or any other digital modes at this time.

For logging software I use DXLab Suite http://www.dxlabsuite.com/ (which is a fantastic group of applications) and WriteLog http://writelog.com/ which I use for contesting and then transfer my logs into DXKeeper. My operating time is spent hunting DX and contesting.

My Antennas include a 260 foot Loop (at a maximum height of 19 feet) for 80 meters; and an R7 Vertical, mounted 6 feet above ground, for 40 through 10 meters. Additionally, I have attic mounted SQUALO's for 6 meters, 2 meters, and 440 MHZ. For an HF backup the Sigma GT5 is connected to my FT-100D. (The FT-100D mostly just sits and gathers dust.)

The furthest antenna is my R7 Vertical for 40 thru 10 meters. The closer and shorter antenna is a Sigma GT5 for 20 thru 10 meters. This was my first antenna at this location. It also works on 6 meters when set for 12 meters. I worked Hawaii with it on 6 meter CW. I even worked a Pacific Dxpedition using it on 30 CW before I put up the R7. A pretty versatile antenna for its size.

I am limited in my antenna choices as we have a Home Owners Association here. I promised myself I would never get involved with another HOA, but my wife insisted that this was the house of her dreams.

I built and installed two 17 foot tall "flag poles" from PVC to support my 80 meter loop. They are mounted to the block walls a couple of feet above ground level. I have installed pulleys at the top of the poles so that I can easily run the wire up and down, as it may break every so often due to the high winds we get here.

I replaced all the wire from the roof peaks and across the back yard with 20 gauge magnet wire as heavier gauge wire put a noticeable bend into the poles and was too easily spotted by the neighbors. I also inserted 15 feet of galvanized conduit inside each pole. They are now quite sturdy and much more stable in our wind storms.

My property is only 60 feet wide by 100 feet deep so I don't have lot of room for an 80 meter antenna. The front of my property is off limits for running an antenna.

This antenna should be a "cloud warmer" but I have obtained DXCC on 80 meters with this configuration. Adding a linear amplifier to my station made the difference in enabling me to work the last several entities. This has allowed me to finally get my 5BDXCC.  I now qualify for DXCC on 8 bands.  160 meters is never going to happen.

 
This is a satellite shot of my QTH. The red line traces my antenna configuration. The orientation of this layout is with North at the top of the picture. I have mountains on all sides of my location, some within a couple of miles. I am at 2011 feet above sea level but the mountains tend to make some directions challenging for propagation. "A" marks the location of my station.
 
 
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I was first licensed in New Jersey as WV2HGL in 1959. I upgraded to General class in 1960 as WA2HGL and retained my call over the years, although I was inactive from the early 1970's until moving to California in the 1980's.

I upgraded to Advanced class in 1990 and changed my call to KK6RG as I got tired of people turning their beams toward New Jersey to try to peak my signal. Shortly afterwards I upgraded to Extra Class. I obtained the call W6SA in 1996 once vanity calls became available.

I worked in the Technical Support department of the second largest Slot Machine Manufacturing company in the world.  I often operated my home station remotely on RTTY while at work.  I retired in July of 2017 and have more time to spend on the radio.   All I ask is a little propagation to work some DX.

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MY FIRST STATION IN GARWOOD, NEW JERSEY
 

EQUIPMENT WAS A HEATHKIT DX-40 AND AN ALLIED KNIGHT R100 RECEIVER WHICH I BUILT FROM KITS

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA STATIONS

I was also antenna challenged at this location and had to resort to an antenna hidden on the roof. I had a Four wire dipole which allowed me to operate on 80 through 10 meters. With the coax shorted, and fed as a random wire, it also worked on 160 meters. My unit was part of a 4 unit building so I had a bit of room to spread the wires around, although I did have to zig-zag the 80 meter portion. It was about 20 to 22 feet above ground which is a bit higher than my present antenna installation.

I DIDN'T ALWAYS USE YAESU

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All contacts made prior to 7/31/2003 were from Orange County, California

Contacts made on or after that date are from Clark County, Nevada

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DUSTY'S PAGE

Hi, I'm Dusty, an eleven year old Cockatiel.

I like to trip Dad's VOX when he is trying to work DX.

If I can ever get over my mike fright I might get on myself.

Meanwhile when conditions are bad I just work on my car.

Sounds a little noisy!

Yep, it's the Fan Belt!

That did it!

Listen for me on the bands

I mostly whistle and squawk but I do talk

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