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My main interests are contesting and DXing using CW. I live in an antenna restricted area and limited to a vertical. Running a Ten Tec Orion II at 100w and a Butternut vertical hinders my operating but I am surprisingly successful at my DX count and contest scores. Here is the operating conditions:

Rig 1-Orion II to Butternut all band vertical

Rig 2-Elecraft K3 to Butternut 40/80m vertical plus a second Butternut all band vertical (winter only)

          6 Meters-Elecraft K3 to AEA Halo at 20 feet

KD9SV Reverse Beverage on the Ground (winter only)


I am the trustee for the Iowa DX and Contest Club call sign WI0WA. This club was founded by Larry, W0ETC (SK).

I contest with a group of guys at Toni’s, N0NI, (Toni on the left Bill on the right) station near Perry, Ia. The antenna farm at the contest station is spectacular sometimes evolving weekly. If you would like to see a picture of the antenna farm look at the WI0WA listing. Operating at and with the group is a pleasure.


QTH#1 Is Ankeny, Ia. Flat land. See next QTH.


QTH#2 Is Estes Park, Colorado in the Big Thompson Canyon at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 7,100'. To the West it's all up hill from our mountain cabin topping out at about 12,000'. This location is not restricted like my Iowa station. I installed a Hygain Hy-Tower Jr. several years ago.

2012 -This year I added a dipole for 40m and a 20m two element vertical array that can be end-fired or operated broadside.

2013-Our 44th year in Estes Park brought another antenna project. I disassembled a two element end-fired dipole array on 40m that had been installed the year before. It's replacement is a two element half square end-fired array on 40m. Our property suffered very little damage in the Big Thompson Flood of 2013 unlike our experience of the 1976 flood. Our prayers are with those who still suffer.

2014-"You never have enough antennas", as N0NI tells me. This year brought one more antenna project. The Hy-Tower Jr. is too narrow banded on 80m so I installed a full sized dipole on that band. It is way up the mountain requiring about 250' of 450 ohm feeders. Sometime trees are not a blessing.

2015-Last year I said "Sometimes trees are not a blessing". After arriving and inspecting the antenna situation I found my 2013 40m array is down due to a tree fall. Likewise the 80m dipole failed due to a similar situation. Back to the drawing board. QRX.

2016-The 20m two element array that I installed in 2012 got a face lift this year. It never seemed to work east very well so I dismantled the switching and phasing arrangement and changed it to a figure eight 180 degree phasing method. I have also been seeing many 6m spots on the VE7CC cluster. I installed a Ten Tec 6m transverter and put up a two element horizontal dipole using 180 degree phasing at about 20' orienting it East and West. Of course now that I have the antenna up the band has gone dead for the DN70 area. I'm waiting for the "magic" to return.

2017-Obliviously the poor band conditions make you realize how poor the marginal antennas perform. The 20m two element array is in that classification but I'm not sure what to add so for now the Hygain Hy-Tower Jr. is the main 20m antenna. One end of 40m dipole broke and I am in the process of replacing it with a Double Extended Zepp. There have been some 6m band openings resulting a few 6m QSOs in the log. 

This is the plan and action: The broken 40m dipole came down and I replaced it with a classic coax fed flat top dipole at about 60' orientated to fire north/south. I finally finished and got the 40m Double Extended Zepp in the air. It is about 90' per leg and uses 450 ohm feed line firing east/west. It was a job to get installed because of trees and one end being up the mountain but it is finished. I also bought and have been testing with a SOTA WSPRlite antenna tester. It is very interesting to see the WSPR spots based on my antennas. Since the 40m DEZ was a success I built and installed one on 20m orienting it so it fires east/west. So far it is a keeper.

N0AC/m-I began working on and improved a HF mobile installation in my Dodge Ram truck using an Elecraft K3 and Tarheel M200-HP screwdriver antenna.

Here is the run down on the mobile station:

  • 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel truck, 200,000+ miles
  • Elecraft K3 100w
  • Tarheel M200-HP screwdriver antenna
  • If contesting I add an Amertron SDA-100 screwdriver antenna
  • K1EL Winkeyer w/Bencher paddles
  • Radiosport headset
  • Old HP laptop running Win7
  • N1MM+ logging
  • Honda EU2000 generator

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All NP48, MN28, TR14, NP25, PV09, RC06, and NP06 QSOs have been uploaded to LOTW under the call N0AC




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