As an experienced DXer, I still enjoy the hunt for that rare "new one". Phone operations usually are carried out during the daylight hours, switching to CW later in the evening. Operating conditions in the remodeled shack are as follows: Yaesu FTDX 5000MP, Palstar Commander HF2500 Amp, Palstar AT4K Tuner, Heil Pro Headset dual element, Yaesu Rotor control, Vibroplex Vibrokeyer key and the MacLogger DX computerized logging system.
An Amateur Radio since 1977, I was first licensed as WA6ZYG while living in Santa Barbara, CA., where, I was mentored by some of the finest "Old Time" Elmer operators in the world. Moving to Kailua-Kona, HI., in 1987, I held the call AH6HZ and enjoyed being DX, although I had to suffer through antenna restricting HOAs! I worked as a boat Captain and NAUI Scuba Instructor in and below the waters of the Big Island. We returned to the mainland in 1996 and I acquired the vanity call WA7ND. The ND stands for Notre Dame from which my son, Rick (W7NDU) graduated. I currently hold an Extra Class license after many years of being an Advanced Class operator.
The QTH is located on ThunderPaws Ranch in Tumalo, Oregon where we raise Appaloosa Horses and rescue Golden Retrievers. We are located east of the Three Sisters Wilderness Area which is in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. At an elevation of 3,500 feet here in the high desert, we enjoy good weather year 'round and DXing via a 72 foot US Towers tubular self-supporting crank-up tower and a Force 12 eight element 5 band yagi. The lower bands will be covered by a Carolina Windom, destined to reside in some 70 foot pine tree.
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