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​Operating portable in DN41fj on Monte Cristo at 8724 feet in the ARRL June 2017 VHF contest.   41.40937 N 111.52568 W



DX Engineering 40 meter phased verticals elevated 7 feet off the ground with 8 elevated radials under each antenna.  The mountain in the background is Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake where I run satellite and meteor scatter portable operations from time to time.


The above photo shows the base of one of the verticals

This is the WA7HQD antenna farm sitting on 1.25 acres.  The phased 40 meter verticals with elevated radials are shown oriented end-fire at 30 degrees and 210 degrees.  The box wrapped in plastic is made of plywood and has a hinged door housing the Murch transmatch for the phased 40 meter verticals. The antennas are switched remotely from broad side to end fire.  A half wave delay line of RG-11 can be seen coiled up at the base of the tuning box.  The 60-foot tower supporting the TH6-DXX is shown in the background, and off to the left is the 45-foot VHF tower that my 5 element Cushcraft 6 meter yagi is installed on.  The photo shows the 80 meter inverted Vee but I took it down when I put the six meter yagi back up.  On the house is my 12 element home brew 2 meter antenna used for meteor scatter.


Please check out my QRZ.com page for C6AQD for a summary of my SO-50 satellite activity on my Norwegian Gem east coast cruise.

Please note:  if you send a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) please make it legal size because my QSLs are a little larger than a standard size envelope.


The above photos were taken aboard the Norwegian Pearl from May 1 to May 5, 2016 

The above photo was taken on February 22, 2016 when I activated Great Basin National Park on 20 meters SSB and on satellite SO-50.  This QSL will be sent to contacts who provide a SASE.


  This QSL was sent to all my satellite QSOs from this grid.  DM29 is a fairly rare grid that I activated from the Great Basin National Park.


  This QSL was sent to all my satellite QSOs from this grid.  DM28 is an extreemly rare grid that I activated on 2/22/16 and 2/23/16


  This QSL was sent to all my satellite contacts from this grid.While on my way back home to Syracuse, Utah I stopped along this loanly roadside to work satellite FO29 from DM39.


  This QSL will be sent to my HF QSOs who provides a SASE.  Since this activation was in a national park credit for this is via LOTW only.  This activation took place on 1/26/2016.  I didn't work any satellites because it was too darn cold to get out of the truck.


Charter member # 1 Antelope Island DX Association   (318 countries confirmed)

My friends call me "Doc" as in Happy Quack Doctor.

Please note:  If you send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) for my return QSL please make it LEGAL SIZE because my QSLs now are a little larger than a standard size envelope.



On October 7, 2015 my XYL and I flew to Mesa, Arizona to visit my daughter and son-in-law and there at the airport was John Papay, K8YSE.  John and I have made many satellite contacts over the years but this is the first time we have met face-to-face.  John made a sign to hold up so that I wouldn't miss him.


For the 22:34 to 22:51 pass of FO-29 on March 10, 2015 I operated portable in DN42ca in Franklin, Idaho.  The above photo taken with my smart phone shows my operating location.  It was quite breezy and fortunately I had a jug of antifreeze in my trunk to add ballast to the tripod.  I had some help on this one.  A newly hired rodent exterminator and scoutmaster of the local boy scout troup  Mark Dietritch, hired by Franklin City to eradicate the moles, boles and mice from the city cemetary, held the ipad and told me what direction to aim the antenna.  I believe we now have a prospective ham in the making.  I was able to complete 9 QSOs on this pass. 

The above photo shows location 2 in DN30vx 

January 25, 2015 22:39 UTC-22:53 UTC.  Once again I operated from this same location in DN30vx at Antelope Island making seven (7) FO-29 satellite QSOs.

Late in the afternoon of November 2 and into November 3, 2014 I worked the FO-29 satellite from DN30vx high on the east side of Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake.  The photo of my location shows my set-up on a picnic table at the hiking trail parking lot.  However, the wind was blowing and it was very cold so I moved into the car and operated from there.  After that late afternoon pass of FO-29 I drove to Kaysville, Utah where I operated the FO-29 satellite from the parking lot of a park in DN41aa.

The photo was taken by my wife Beckie of me working through Satellite FO-29 using a Yaesu FT-897D and an Arrow antenna from the rare grid square of CN73sc in Bandon by the Sea, Oregon.  The spray off the ocean was a constant problem and so was the wind and rain.  This particular operating position was directly behind our little bungalow in our semi-private back yard at the Windermere on the Beach resort and the weather at the time this photo was taken was cooperating fairly well.  However, as time went on the weather deteriorated and forced me to operate from the open hatch gate of the Chevy Suburban that we rented for our trip.  On the evening passes of September 23 and the morning and evening passes of September 24, 2014 the weather was aweful.  The rain fell in torrents and the wind made it very difficult to keep the antenna oriented in the right direction.  Nevertheless, I completed 31 QSOs in the three days and had a ball in spite of the weather.  Thanks for working me! This location was 43 degrees 05.704 min North, 124 degrees 856 min west.  Elevation: 50 feet.


Here is how it all started...

I took my Novice license test in 1965 when I was 15 years old from Cpt Leroi B Blaylock, K7OIP, and I received the call of WN7DLB. I didn't like that call sign because I couldn't come with any cool phonetics to use with it so I let it lapse after a year of operating CW only on 40 meters. In 1967 an Ogden, Utah ham Gene Crawshaw, K7LAA, administered my Technician Class license test to me and I passed it and was awarded the call of WA7HQD. That call had some possiblities so I experimented with different word combinations but still couldn't come up with anything that was distinctive and cool.

My new license privliges allowed me to get on six meters as well as two meters and higher frequency bands so in my senior year of high school in 1968 the project for my electronics class was the assembly of a Heathkit Sixer, six meter super regenitive AM transceiver. When I finished building it and got it graded I took it home and connected it to my parents television antenna, because I reasoned that a television antenna was somewhat closely cut to the six meter band and it might just work and allow me to make some contacts.

I somehow connected the 300-ohm twin lead TV feedline directly into the SO-239 on the Sixer and fired it up right in the middle of an intense e-skip opening. The band was full of signals and they were very strong but unfortunately they were all SSB signals and my AM super regenative receiver only detected mushy undeciferable garble. I called CQ anyway several times but I couldn't hear any AM stations calling me. If there were any I didn't hear them because the intense SSB signals drownded out my super regenative (super broad) receiver.

About that time the phone rang and a friend of mine Randy Shipley, WA7DUR, was on the other end and asked "why aren't you answering those people calling you?" I explained my problem so Randy held the telephone close to his receiver's speaker. I heard several stations calling me so I called them back and was able to make some contacts. I made six contacts that way, five were in the state of Washington and one in Oregon.

What a wierd way of making contacts! My rig was putting out about one watt of power connectly to a grossly mis-matched television antenna cross-moding with SSB stations and using a friends SSB receiver that I was listening to through a telephone connection. Wow, what an exciting experience. From that point on I was hooked on the "Magic Band" six meters!

I made several local AM contacts with my new Heathkit Sixer and was heard and seen on most all of Ogden, Utah's channel 2 television sets as well as the local fire department channel when I was on the air.

In August of 1968 my friends Randy WA7DUR, his cousin Richard Wade, now N7ZDP, Brett Moulding and I drove to Mack's Inn, Idaho for the WIMU (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Utah) ham fest in my 1964 Comet convertable. I had installed my Sixer in the car and made attempts to make contacts on six meters at the ham fest and while we were touring Yellowstone Park after the ham fest. Once again I had the same problem. There were six meter openings but they were all SSB stations. Richard, however, did solve my problem with my call sign phonetics on that trip. He suggested "WA7 Happy Quack Doctor", and I liked it.  Since that time I have been called "Doc".
During the day I work at RC Willey Home Furnishings in Riverdale, Utah as an appliance and TV salesman.

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