2015 to Present
Latitude = 33.8394 ° N, Longitude = 112.0890 ° W
Elevation: 1860 feet, Grid: DM33wu91
My semi-retirement is in full swing. Completed the move to AZ at the end of September 2015.
Getting the house and affairs in order here in AZ has taken a lot more effort that I thought it would. Ham station has taken lower priority.
The VOYAGER DX GAP has been rebuilt and is up and used primarily for 40 where it works the best. It is now a 160 and 80 backup (20M tunes but the antenna has always been a dummy load on that band). Recently installed (summer 2016) a 60 foot fiberglass mast with
160M top loaded vertical, 16 radials. So far this antenna seems to be a winner! Also on this mast is an 80 L, 60M dipole, and 30M dipole. Those dipoles however are only at 30 feet, need to get them up higher.
One small beverage installed on 160 toward JA, still evaluating this. WARC Spiderbeam is up but only at 20 feet. Looking to refurbish this later. The 40 year old TH3 is up at 15 feet but is being retired. Currently building on a 50 foot push up mast that will have a Spiderbeam consisting of 4 el 10M, 3 el 15M, and 3 el 20M.
6M has the homebrew 5 elements at 20 feet. 2M/70cm vertical up at 25 feet. Looking to put up a 2 meter SSB/CW beam sometime. I find the noise levels here in AZ much lower than in Los Angeles, but on 6m I can see the noise increase when I'm pointed south toward Phoenix.
1993 to 2015
Latitude = 34.1993 ° N, Longitude = 118.64832 ° W
Elevation: 922 feet, Grid: DM04qe27
Takeoff angle as viewed from the tribander
Moving into a house with a yard allowed me to put up my the tri-bander I had been carrying around with me since my Ham days back in Minnesota. That took care of 10,15,20. For the low bands up went a GAP Voyager. For the WARC bands up went an R7000. For 6 meters a homemade 5 element. Also up are various 2 meters antennas. You can see the entire line-up here
1982 to 1993
Latitude = 33.82913 ° N, Longitude = 118.33132 ° W
Elevation: 95 feet, Grid: DM03ut
Graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree, I moved to California in August 1982. I changed my callsign from WB0PTB to KF6HI in November of 1982. I got hit hard by the DX bug thanks to co-workers N6RV and W6UL and upgraded to Extra class in 1990 to gain access to the DX at the low end of the Amateur Radio frequency bands. This was back when we had the 20wpm morse code requirement! I still prefer working DX with CW. You can hear more stations, and in pileups it is much easier on the ears. CW has more than a 11 dB receive SNR advantage and is essential to for a serious DXer. My initial california locations were antenna challenged. No operation from my apartments. It wasn't until 1989 when I moved into a townhouse and put up dipole antennas in the attic that I became active again. I had dipoles for all bands 80 through 10 meters stapled into the attic. I used inductive loading to get acceptable VSWRs. Looking back at the log it is pretty amazing what I was able to work. Finally in late 1993 I moved to a house with a yard - and finally put up some serious antennas.
DX-peditions 1991 and 1993
Latitude = 14.1235 ° S, Longitude = 169.8113 ° W
Elevation: 10 feet, Grid: AH55cv
Looking down at the QTH, Pago Pago
Not a good takeoff angle to the North
QSLs and Logs
Working pileups on rare DX is great, but wouldn't it be even better to be the DX?? To satisfy this urge, W6UL and myself looked for an easy, but yet worthwile place to go. The answer was KH8. American Samoa is located 2300 miles SSW of Honolulu, Hawaii. Our operation was from the Rainmaker Hotel on the island of Tutuila, near the village of Pago Pago. In approx 2006 the Rainmaker was bought from the government and came under private ownership and is now Sadie's by the Sea . It appears from photos that the fale units that we operated from have been razed and the area is now a pool !
Operators in 1991 were KF6HI-Brian, and Ron-KA6NAL (now W6UL). The 1991 operation was the first from KH8 using Amateur Satellite. AO13 was the satellite used. Unfortunately the Rainmaker mountain to the North limited our ability to make more than a handfull of Satellite QSOs. In 1993 Ron and I returned with Bill-WK6V (now N6RV).
The early years 1975 to 1982
Latitude = 44.0477 ° N, Longitude = 91.6837 ° W
Topographic location ZOOM
I was First licensed mid 1975 at age 15 as WN0PTB in Winona, Minnesota. Thanks to my Dad and Mark-Ex:WA0URW for inspiration to get licensed and Les-K0BAD for teaching me the 5 wpm code and theory. I learned at this time in my life that setting high goals and staying focused will get you surprisingly close to, or even fully achieving, them. Knowing that I would be changing my QTH (location) in 1978 to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis after high school, I set the goal of obtaining 5BWAS before leaving home. To achieve this I needed to upgrade my license class. From Novice to General (WB0PTB mid 1976) and then to Advanced. With the sunspot cycle at a minimum, between cycles 20 and 21, 10 meters had extra challenges as did my 20 foot high dipole on 80m. To aid in 10 meters I joined the 10-10 club and even started my own Chapter, the Hiawatha Valley 10-10 Chapter.