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W8BYA (ex WD8BYA, WN8BYA).

Home is near Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and for the first time in my life I have room for antennas, towers, and a shack. Prior to moving here I struggled to put up any HF or VHF antennas while living on various postage-stamp sized lots. Currently, 3 self-supporting towers grace the grounds at the QTH. I have been blessed with my XYL & best friend (KC9MOM) who supports my every endevor. I also have two older brothers who I can always count on for a fun & spirited QSO on the air (N8AUM & N8CVV). My current interests center around VHF/UHF weak signal work (EME, MS, Au, Es, Tropo, etc), as well as just working DX on 40M or 15M SSB. I have been known to mess around with analog SSB SSTV on HF & VHF.

I really enjoy 6M/2M/432 SSB, CW, or WSJT, and welcome skeds with anyone needing EN70 as a new grid or with anyone who would like to have fun making a long distance contact. My normal range on 2M, under flat conditions to a good station is around 500 miles. My farthest 2M (non-EME) DX is to DM53 in Arizona via MS at 1410 miles with K7NX and my current state count w/o EME is up to 43 and 357 grids. Skeds with W7OUU in DN22 via MS show promise as we have decoded each other many times (but not completed yet), even at 1510 miles. Here is a map showing the grid squares worked on 2M from this QTH over the last 21 years:

http://w8bya.com/var/albums/Misc/HAM-1/w8bya-2m-grids.jpg?m=1497468032

Other interests, time permitting, include astro-imaging, photography, and goofing around with antennas, and antenna design. I especially like modeling directional antennas for 40M and then trying them out.

The VHF/UHF station consists of a Flex 5000A, and TS-2000. A Beko SS 1 kW PA, and a Harris 6M kW PA help out when conditions are rough. On HF I like to use either the Flex or a FT-1000MP, both with the AL-1200 amplifier, when needed. The current antennas on VHF/UHF are a CC 17B2 at 85', 23-elem 432 yagi at 80', a CC 5-elem 6M beam at around 75' and a 40m rotatable dipole at 71'. All VHF antennas are fed with 7/8" heliax. The HF tribander is on a different tower and is a CC X7 @ 75'. That tower & antenna are currently down. The 3rd picture down is from the 40' level of the 70' X7 tower looking north (tnx N8CVV). I also use a R8 vertical, a 2-elem 40M rotatable phased array, and an assortment of experimental 40M/75M wire antennas. If you get a minute, do a search on YouTube for my call to see some neat F/B tests on my home-brew 2-elem rotateable phased array for 40M.

I QSL 100% direct, a SASE is greatly appreciated esp from outside the USA.

I do not use the ARRL QSL bureau or LOTW at this time.

I keep an image gallery with lots of Ham Radio & Astro related pictures at http://w8bya.com

73, Gedas, W8BYA

 

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