NO eQSL for USA QSO's...Please QSL via LOTW or send an SASE for a real card.
June VHF Contest 2016: operated from DM53 this year
First licensed in 1965 at the age of thirteen as a Technician Class (WA7EEF). Years later I upgraded to Advanced Class and then EXTRA Class ("Extra Plus", passed 20 wpm test) so I could operate on 3.818 and 28.885 to coordinate F2 and MS contacts on VHF. I am still mainly interested in VHF/UHF weak signal SSB/CW, with emphasis on Six Meters, VHF/UHF portable contesting, grid DXpeditions, and mountain topping. I have operated portable from almost every grid in Arizona over the years as a single op and with the Arizona Six Shooters (N7AMA Tom, WW7B Morgan, W7NS Terry, and others). I am currently active on 50, 144, 222, 432, and the 1296 Mhz bands.
I worked some of the first ever recorded Multi-hop ES on 144 Mhz in the 1987 VHF QSO Party, working Florida and Georgia on the second hop. Best DX on Six Meters is JA6 LONGPATH over Africa, over 18,000 miles. Reunion Island (FR5) is my best 6M DX short path.
Currently active on HF as well, as this solar cycle seems to be a bust on Six Meters.
9 Band DXCC Confirmed (6 Meters thru 80 Meters)
HF DXCC 330 worked, 320 confirmed
SOTA: I am the W7A (Arizona) Association Manager for SOTA. Feel free to contact me with any questions concering the Summits On The Air program.
SOTA encourages portable Amateur Radio operation from mountain tops you have hiked to. This is a fun outdoor activity you can enjoy with as little as an HT and walking to the top of a designated Summit near you. So look for me with my FT817 operating QRP, with a dipole from a remote mountain top on weekends. I am usually on 14.0622 or 7.0332 CW. I do have a microphone just in case my paddle breaks (OK, I do run SSB now and then if I have to). Also look for me on 50.125, 144.200, and 144.410 FM. VHF from a mountain top is great fun. 100 miles on an HT is not uncommon.
http://www.sota.org.uk/ for more info on the SOTA website.
Other hobbies include hunting, Fly Fishing, 4-wheeling, hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, grandkids, and anything else other than work.
I currently work as a Senior RF Technician with NXP (via Freescale Semiconductor, via Motorola) in Tempe, Arizona (32 years). Hope to retire soon!
SOTA update: Dec 21, 2016
285 Summit Activations, 238 unique summits, 2294 points
MOUNTAIN GOAT achieved: Feb 28, 2014 (1st in Arizona, 1st in 7th call district, 8th in the USA)
SHACK SLOTH achieved: July 20, 2013 (1st in Arizona)
Mtn GOAT Statistics on Feb. 28, 2014 (the day I reached 1000+ points):
115 Unique Summits activated (NO duplicate peaks worked, 114 Arizona Summits)
It took me 327 days to reach 1005 points
3194 QSO's made
All QRP (FT817, <5 watts and a link dipole at 14 ft)
All CW activations
132 Europe QSO's
131 summit to summit QSO's
6 Europe summit to summit QSO's (DL, G, EA, S7)
My 50/144 MHz ARRL Operating Awards:
50 MHz DXCC #524 (2002), 127 countries on 6m
50 MHz WAS #168 (1978)
50 MHz WAC (1981)
50 MHz VUCC: 3 awards, one each from DM33, DM46, and DM53
144 MHz VUCC
June ARRL VHF Contest AZ and 7th Call District Scoring Records Held:
Unlimited Multi-Op Class: 254,286 points (WA7JTM, WW7B, N7AMA, W7NS, 2010, portable from DM53)
Limited Multi-Op Class: 380,546 points (WA7JTM, N7AMA, 2011, portable from DM46, Grand Canyon NP)
Single-op Low Power Class: 177,313 points (WA7JTM, 2003, portable from DM53, White Mountains)
June ARRL VHF Contest Portable Operations: listed by Grid I operated from and Years that I operated from that grid square
DM34: 1985, 1990; DM35: 1983, 1986; DM43: 1989; DM44: 1984; DM45: 1992; DM46: 1993, 1999, 2009, 2011, 2012; DM51: 1991; DM52: 1987, 1988; DM53: 1994-1998, 2003-2008, 2010, 2013-2016
All of my June VHF contest QSO's from 1983 to date have been entered into LOTW. Older VHF contest logs are not in yet. I have also operated in many September VHF Contests from various grids, so check your logs for odd grids. All non-contest contacts from the home QTH thru June 1984 are from DM43. All non-contest contacts from the home QTH after June 1984 are from DM33.
I have most of my 27 paper logs entered into LOTW now but I'm not finished yet.
C U on Six from DM...well... you'll just have to work me to see where I am today!
SOTA on top of Arizonas highest summit, Humphreys Peak AE-001 at 12,633 feet. The next day this peak was covered with snow.
The view from the top of Humphreys Peak
A little SOTA advertising...
"Soft" Rock Chair and another mountain top QRP Activation
Activation from a peak near Flagstaff Arizona
The FT 817 in action on 12 Meters
Sonoran desert Activation
My hiking Buddy "Shad." Don't laugh, he was cold!
Yes Virginia, there is snow in Arizona, and operators dumb enough to go activate a summit in it.
Europe SOTA DX. Ck out the log! DL, S7, F6, OM on 12 meters QRP CW
My little Antenna farm in Phoenix
Me at the operating position a few years ago. All awards on the wall are for VHF/50 MHz (OK...I'm a little older now).
VHF contesting from DM53
The Arizina Six Shooters...June VHF Contesting since the1970's in Arizona. L to R: Morgan WW7B, Terry W7NS, Pete WA7JTM, Tom N7AMA
Quail Hunting in the Sonoran desert:
A Twenty Four inch Brown Trout I caught while Fly Fishing. I took this picture and then released him.
After hiking across the Grand canyon, I took this picture of the South Rim (way in the back right of the picture).
Yes, that's the trail along the cliff.
Tahn and Pete (R) Hike across the Grand canyon in one day (Twenty Six miles in about eleven hours to go across the canyon Rim-to-Rim).
Down the South Kaibab Trail into the canyon at 5 AM...
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