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     The pic above is from QRPTTF 2016. Dunn's mountain Park.Not a Summit but at 1050 Ft it's a great QRP Spot.

 Hi all, been hamming since 1980 and still love the hobby. Loved DX  but not much DX in the novice bands. Upgraded  up to extra and  had fun adding to the country and band counts on both phone & CW contests.Then got hooked on RTTY contesting.

High point for me was setting a, then, record in the CQWW RTTY WPX Contest for single band high power 20 meters for the U.S.A. in 2007. Great fun.

 I had been President of our local club in N.E. Ohio for 10 years and also an A.R.E.S. member in Ohio.. Was also Field Day Chairman from the late 90's. Loved to see it all come together and perform.

  I'm now a member and currently  President of the Rowan County Amateur Radio Club here in my new home town of Salisbury,NC.        www.rowanars.org

  Below is my brother, N8DPD and myself making 1700 plus Q's on phone at Field Day back when we thought it was a contest. Hi Hi. Our club made over 3000 Q's that year in 3A. Guess we couldn't get enough RF! It was fun except for going thru all those paper logs.That's me in the back ground and N8DPD, the 'Dog-Pound-Dog' logging. Pic from 80's.

 Talking Field Day. This summer, 2017. I had a blast running CW with Wayne Ashworth, W4HG. He's a great CW OP. This year I built 2  80m Full wave loops fed with Dual core homebrew 4-1 Current Baluns for Field Day. We put one up Horizontal for the CW sation, averaged app. 35ft high & the other was hung vertically for phone. Wayne & myself ran 1001 Q's in 19 hours & said that's enough. Below is a pic. of the screen when we stopped. Notice the rate. Not bragging. There's a lot of CW Op's that could propbably do more. Hey, we're not spring chickens anymore! Just saying what a good antenna will do to  keep the fun level up.



Station is pretty simple:  Yaesu FT-990, hears great for older rig. Dentron MT-2000 tuner. Ameritron AL-811H for a little

kick.  Mainly for 40M phone in the mornings.

Reluctantly sold my MT-3000 and Alhpa 91B. Great Amp. Retirement came early because of plant closing.

 My Ohio qth had 5 element monobanders for 20,15 &10 stacked at ,100,109 &115 Ft. Plus 2 el. 40 meter mono on a seperate 55 FT tower. Those were fun antennas. Had a full wave horizontal loop for 80M fed with RG-11 75ohm matching section.  Love my loops.

Also had a ground mounted Hf2V with 40 plus radials 33 ft.or longer. Also ground mounted my old Hustler 5BTV with vertical wires for  12, 17 & 6 meters. Had 52- 25 foot radials under it. Played better than I expected. Guess it was an 8BTV. Got me on 6m and worked some summer E's with 5 watts. Couple pics. below of the 8BTV.


 Had 2&1/2 acres in Ohio ( Sure miss it now that I'm on  3 tenths of an acre).  Was always playing with some type of  wire or vertical or whatever looked interesting.   Have used various loops since the mid 80's when we put a full wave loop up for 160 fed with 600 ohm homebrew ladderline at my brothers, N8DPD. If you have room put up a loop. I think you'll like it.

 Can't forget my trusty Butternut HF6V  grd mounted but only 9-12 radials.Used it for a comparison ant. against the other verticals as I  had it up and down since the mid 80's and know what to expect from it.Even had the 160m coil added for a couple seasons.Had many more radials down during that time frame. If you have a Butternut vert. take it down every once in a while and go thru it Don't wait for it to turn into a problem. It'll play great for you. But put down more than 9-12 radials. Hi Hi

 Got back into QRPing with an MFJ-9020 that I picked up at the Dayton flea-market in 2010. Had a HW-7 before that. Sold the MFJ at Dayton, 2011 and bought a Yaesu FT-817ND.   I'm enjoying playing portable either from a park or patio portable from my back yard.

 My first 4 QRP QSO'S with the 817 we're 3 Russian stations on 18 and a ZL on 12 all on the Hustler with added wires. All CW at 5 WATTS ! Cool ! Lots' of fun. Course a good band opening helps.

Since getting the 817 I've joined the NAQCC, #4405 www.naqcc.com  North American QRP CW Club.

I really enjoy working the NAQCC sprints. They're a slower pace 2 hr contest. Good fun and good way to test a newly made antenna or pick up a couple new QRP to QRP States. It's a fun , slower paced Sprint .Turn the power down and give it a try. QRP works !

Also the SKCC, #7932  trying to get my "fist back".They're both free to join. Among their many activites they also run 2 hour Sprints once a month.

                                                        Also really enjoy chasing the SOTA guys.



May 1st, 2012 we sold our house in N.E. Ohio. Both towers down & we moved to Salisbury, NC, 40 miles north of Charlotte. Stayed at the daughters till we had a new home built . Had to find an area to build that would be at least Vertical and Wire friendly ! I was stricly QRP portable with my FT817, LDG-817 tuner & HB 84ft. endfed wire for app. 5 months.

Our new home is at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small development .There is a tree-line along the side and an HOA.Yea,I know. HOA's and ham radio are a growing problem. HOA's are in all the newer developments. In N.C. it is mandated that any deveopment with 20 or more lots must have an HOA. So if you want to live close to everything and in a newer home you'll wind up with an HOA. What's a Ham to do?

  I had a meeting with the powers to be of the HOA before we bought a lot. The rules did not say anything about not being allowed radios. but wanted to make sure.The short story. They were okay with me installing wires and a vertical. Just not in the front yard.  Good enough. We then had a house built .

Moved into our new home in Salisbury,NC. Oct. 2012 . Started out with a Temp. fan wire vertical with seperate wires for 17,20 & 40 in a small tree over 18 radials to get on the air. Had fun doing QRP/Port. and will continue with QRPing but good to be able to sit in the "Shack" again .

 I  am now running 2 full wave loops. An 80m & a 40 meter. I've hung them vertically with the top wire for 80m at 45 ft.  Bottom wire is 8ft. above the ground. The 40n loop is nested inside the 80m I'm feeding both midway of the bottom wires with a homebrew 4-1 dual core current baluns. Have good SWR on 10,15,20 & 40 on both loops The 80m loop also swr's out great on 10-40m plus covering a good portion of 80/75 also. Making Q's on 12,17 & 30 also. 

  Played with a ZS6BKW up for a year. It worked really well but put up another Homebrew 40/80M coil loaded Dipole. I built a couple of them when I lived in Ohio & they worked very good for being short on 80m.    Been using it in the NAQCC Sprints and it's working pretty gud.

  Every winter I put up an inverted L for 160. It's app.130ft long. 30 ft. Vertical then slopes down to 10 ft. to a tree in the backyard. I have it runnning from the base of a Hustler 6bvt. Radial field consists of 40 radials anywhere from 12 ft. to many at 25 ft.  Not much room in the side yard. Hi Hi.    

 Since moving here to N.C. I've been working the NCQSO Party every year as QRP mixed mode. Got 2nd the 1st & 2nd year but put in a full effort in 2015 and won 1st place QRP mixed with 375 Q's & also had most counties in State with 75. Cool.  Pic below.

Did great in 2016 also. Took 1st place again. Not as many Q's. App. 330  but happy to be lucky enough to win.Thanks all that heard me.  Pic. below.

  Won 1ST place in the 2017 NC QSO Party as QRP mixed again! The loops were doing the work! Pic. coming


The pic above was taken while we were here in N.C. for Christmas, 2011 while visiting. It turned out to be my main op site for 4 plus months till our house was done in the summer of 2012. It's the daughters back deck . That's not what I had in mind when I said I had a bug to do some portable work. Hi Hi


My motto, if you haven't worked it in 24 hours it's new Dx. Main Thing. Have Fun !

73 for now and see you on the bands.

Thanks for looking,

Mark WG8Y

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