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I currently reside in the northwest corner of grid DN14.  I am 25 minutes away from the grid corner of DN04/DN05/DN14/DN15.  During 2018, I will occasionally try to work portable from DN04 and DN15 for the ARRL Grid Chase.

Completed WAS Digital on 80 meters from DN14 on 7/14/17!

Got state #50 for WAS Digital on 30 meters from DN14 on 12/15/17.

I've had a long fascination with radio.  As a kid, I started as an AM and FM broadcast DXer.  It was always fun to receive a new radio station.  Another influence was a relative had an old crystal-controlled police scanner.  It wouldn't be too long before I bought my own scanner, and discovered the 2 meter ham band.  In my teens I dabbled in the (gasp) 11 meter band.  With the CB and the police scanner, I caught a lot of DX during the peak of sunspot cycle 22.  I bet it was awesome on the ham bands!

I finally studied for my Technician license and passed the test in April 1994.  It was an excruciating 3 month wait until I received my first callsign, KC7DRL, in July 1994. I upgraded to Advanced in the Fall of 1994.  I upgraded to extra in the spring of 1995 and applied for a new callsign and got AB7IZ. I then snagged vanity callsign WR7X in May 2002. WR7X callsign previously belonged to Burns M. Landrum (1928-1995).

My first QTH was in Colville, Washington (DN18).  During the summers up to 2001 I also staffed a forest fire lookout tower near Tonasket, Washington in DN08.  What a great place to operate!  I moved to Pendleton, Oregon (DN05) in May 2002.  In May 2010, I moved to Canyon City, Oregon (DN04).  In July 2016 I moved to Baker City, Oregon (DN14).

I'm primarily active on the digital modes (FT8, JT65, JT9).  You also might hear me answering calls in various contests on SSB.  I'm not much for ragchewing.  I do not operate CW.

My setup includes a Kenwood TS-480SAT, an Icom IC-706MIIG, a Yaesu FT2D dual band handheld, and my lastest addition, an Icom 756Pro.  At home I use a Double Bazooka on 80 meters, a G5RV on 40 through 12 meters; a Moxon on 10 meters; and a Cushcraft 3 element on 6 meters.  I also have an old Antron 99 vertical I haven't put up yet, waiting for 10 meters to open up again (I might be waiting awhile, hi hi).  For HF portable ops I utilize a G5RV junior.  For VHF portable ops I take a Cushcraft 3 element for 6 meters and a Cushcraft 10 element for 2 meters.

11/7/2014 I made my first JT65hf contacts.

12/18/2014 I made my first JT9 contact.

7/20/2015 I made my first SO-50 satellite contact.

7/13/2017 I made my first FT8 contact.

I use LOTW and eQSL.

This was my first 'serious' attempt at VHF Contesting, January 1995.  I didn't have a SSB rig yet, so all QSOs were FM!  I had to do a lot of recruiting to get folks over on simplex, and this was before ARRL allowed contacts on 146.520.

A little bit more serious on this one!  June 1996 ARRL VHF Contest.  By now I had separate SSB rigs for 6m, 2m, and 70cm.  The one you can easily see was the 6m rig, a Yaesu FT-620.  Operating from 5800' on Stensgar Mtn. in DN18.

This was my summer QTH from 1994 to 2001, Aeneas Mtn. Lookout, 5167', in DN08.  Here you can see the 5 element 2m/440 yagi, a 10m vertical, the 3 element 6m yagi below the deck, plus a G5RV in an inverted 'V', fed from the top.  It was always interesting working other hams that were actually higher in elevation than me in Colorado and Wyoming, but my location was over 4000' feet above the valley floor.

Operating from Sherman Pass, 5575', DN08 during the January 2002 VHF Contest.

Working the 6 meter Sprint in May 2002 from Tiptop Mtn. in DN05.

Some chilly January VHF Contesting atop Emigrant Hill in DN05.

Same location as above with much warmer weather during the June VHF Contest.

September 2014 VHF Contest at 8000' in DN04 at High Lake trailhead.

September 2016 VHF Contest at 7400' in DN04 along the Anthony Lakes Scenic Byway.

Rover operating from Beaver Ridge in DN14 during the September VHF Contest.  I've added a generator to my gear.


With help from digital modes like jt65 and FT8, I finally qualified for VUCC in 2017.  If it weren't for digital, I would probably still be working on this one.



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United States Award#2455
Granted: 2016-09-01 04:10:02   (WR7X)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
United States Counties Award#227
Granted: 2016-07-19 00:58:49   (WR7X)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#11164
Granted: 2015-11-14 02:35:02   (WR7X)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6238
Granted: 2015-03-25 00:45:02   (WR7X)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
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