Most of my radio activity is from our weekend / vacation home in Canaan Valley, West Virginia Grid FM09ga, so you usually hear me as K4THE/8. My 'shack' is at 3700 ft (1130 m) elevation on top of Flat Ridge in the Monongehela National Forest area. We are next to a state park and near several wildlife preserves. It is a very electro-magnetically quiet area. We average 12 feet of lake effect snow a year, however we had 21 feet in the 09-10 winter. QTH is green arrow on map => http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=39.0006+-79.4731
This webcam is about 7 miles northeast and looks south into the valley. http://www.fsvisimages.com/fstemplate.aspx?site=DOSO1 and we are just off the image on the far right.
I currently have there a 64 foot long clothesline folded dipole for 40m + (storms took down the 80m horizontal loop and the Beverage). For more info on the VA2ERY clothesline antenna see articles in QST: 7/1998 page58, 12/99 p64, 2/00 p61. Also see CQ 11/01 p28. I use low antennas because of the lightning strike history on the ridge. I have a 40m horizontal attic loop in Charlottesville for QRP activity with PSK31, JT65, WSPR, Hellschreiber & CW. Use an LDG Z-11 Pro tuner with the loop.
I have been playing with WSPR, primarily on 30m and making "contacts" with AUS and NZ using 1 W. see http://wsprnet.org for details on weak signal propagation reporter. Trying other digimodes too: Olivia, JT65A, RTTY, Chip64 - and soon CMSK. Controlling KX3 with HRD & DM780.
I have been using JT-65A weak signal mode and comparing notes with W7YES. Definitely not a high-speed mode! It is great for low power stations with simple antennas and performs in high noise levels. I use JT65-HF freeware by W6CQZ. See http://sourceforge.net/projects/jt65-hf/ for details. There is a good article about it in the Oct & Nov 2010 CQ magazine and reviews on eham.net. Making contacts on 40m with Australia & New Zealand from WV is interesting! I have been using a BU-353 USB GPS dongle from USGlobalSat along with BktTimeSync freeware from http://www.iz2bkt.com/ to keep my PC clock very accurate. It also works with NTP internet time servers.
I have Kenwood TM-D700 and Alinco DR-235 in the Subaru and also on the desk in VA. Have APRS in the Outback http://aprs.fi/?call=k4the-7 Also carry a TH-F6A.
QSL INFO: I have given up exchanging QSL cards. Spending whats left of my old age doing other things.
My interest in radio began in the early 1940s with late night listening to AM radio on a Crosley car radio in a wooden cabinet and then with homebuilt crystal sets. I moved on to SWL and NDB hunting with a Heathkit AR-2 with Q-multiplier that I built when I was 12 years old, WW-II military surplus radios, several Radio Shack units and finally an Icom R-75. I of course l listened to the ham bands using the BFO and learned a lot about amateur radio from eavesdropping. I finally got my license (KI4BFM) in 2003 shortly before I retired and upgraded in the following years. I am an active member of our local AARC http://www.albemarleradio.org/
I was graduated from the University of Rhode Island with BSEE in 1962 and MSEEin '66. My thesis was on the Schumann Resonances. I was in the Army reserves then and later went to Vietnam in 1970 as a Captain running a special mission operations team. I spent my civilian career working in the national intelligence community as an all-source analyst. I enjoyed traveling to many countries running various projects and working with our allies.
Other interests have included computers, martial arts, flying, SCUBA diving, weightlifting, back country X-C skiing, pistol & rifle marksmanship and archery. My XYL and I have been married 54 years and have two children & two grandchildren in Colorado.
73 Dennis Updated 4-26-16
Photo of the shack in WV
and the QTH as seen from Dolly Sods
and what I frequently do when not on the radio
and one of our friendly neighbors
and my helper in the shack IM4CAT
Here is the Charlottesville shack. You may be able to find the Kenwood TM-D700 & TH-F6A, Alinco DR-235 and the Radio Shack Pro 2034 scanner.
And here is the 2007 Subaru Outback mobile.
I sold my Ten-Tec Argonaut-V 516 to K4BAV and the Kenwood TS-2000 to KG4JAO who put them to good use. Now just use the Elecraft KX3 that I built from the kit.
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