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March 2018 Spratly Island 9M0W

I was licensed in 1977 (age 14) as a Novice and received the call WD5COV which I have held for the past 41 years. I upgraded to general in 1980 just after winning the 1980 ARRL Novice Roundup. Then in 1987 I earned both my advanced and extra class license.

After 20 plus years in the industrial hose and fitting business, I sold my company "Hydraflex Inc." located in Denver Colorado. We fabricated a varity of pneumatic, hydraulic, and industrial hose assemblies. We serviced many industries including the petroleum, car wash, food and beverage, agriculture, construction, and chemical to name a few.

DXing is my #1 passion.

My Antenna Farm includes:

160 Meters: 4 Square Array - Verticals are 129ft of Rohn 25 tower insulated at the base with 60 ground radials per vertical.

80 Meters: 4 Square Array - Verticals are 63ft of Rohn 25 tower insulated at the base with 60 ground radials per vertical.

Rotating tower #1 (155ft) Holds: 20M 4/4, 17M 5/5, and 15M 6/6

Rotating tower #2 (155ft) Holds: 40M 4/4, 12M 4/4, and 20M 4/4

Rotating tower #3 (180ft) Holds: 80M 3 EL on top and 10M 7/7, 30M 3/3, and 6M 11/11

Tower#4 (100ft) Holds: 2M H Frame with four 18 EL Yagis, and 28 EL 440 Yagi

Tower #5(100ft) Holds: 6M H Frame with four 9 EL Yagis

Tower #6 (60ft) Holds: TH7, 2 EL 40M, 5 EL 6M, and various VHF antennas

60 Meters: 5 sloping dipoles in a parasitic array located on 100ft tower # 5.

Beverage receive antennas: Five 800 ft beverages pointed to Europe, Africa, South America, VK/ZL, and Asia.


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3D2R Rotuma Island 2011 (Team Member) #32 DXCC most wanted list. Total QSO 59,448 in 6 days operating.

7O6T Yemen 2012 (Team Member) #5 DXCC most wanted list. Total QSO's 162,029. Only U.S. OP for entire duration of the DXpedition 4/30/12 to 5/15/12.



3D2C Conway Reef 2012 (team member) #35 DXCC most wanted list we managed 71,693 QSo's in 6 days operating.

E30FB Eritrea 2015 (team member) #25 DXCC most wanted. Total 64,572 QSO's made

VP8STI South Sandwich / VP8SGI South Georgia 2016 DXpedition (Team Member). South Sandwich #3 DXCC most wanted - team made 54655 QSO's South Georgia #7 DXCC most wanted - team made 82845 QSO's




Life mmber:  ARRL and INDEXA.

Founder: Southwest DX Association (2014) - current President

Intrepid DX Group - Vice President

Member: Araucaria DX Group

Supporter: NCDXF

Founder: Mimbres Valley Radio Club (2010)

Member: Arizona Outlaws Contest Club. (AOCC)

Member: New Mexico VHF Society


QSL Policy:

I QSL 100%

For DX stations needing to confirm our QSO, please include SAE and $2 greenstamps. ( NO IRC'S )

For U.S. stations please include SASE.

I do not E-QSL.


My Dad WA5IPS is now a SK (Dec 3rd 2011). He was an avid DXer. The time we spent DXing together or fishing at our favorite fishing hole "Grindstone Lake" will be lasting memories. He was a master in the art of homebrewing, building 100's of pieces of gear during his 55 plus years in ham radio. He was a great elmer and will always be my best friend. RIP Dad.

73 and cu in the pile-ups Dave WD5COV


160 Meter 4 Square

80 Meter 4 Square



155ft Tower 1: 20M 4/4, 15M 6/6, 17M 5/5

155ft Tower 2: 20M 4/4, 40M 4/4, and 12M 4/4

180ft Tower 3: 80M 3 EL, 30M 3/3, 10M 7/7, and 6M 11/11

Tower 3: with rainbow

160M four Square with rainbow











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