January 17, 2016.
Was able finally to get the Beam on the Tower & Working about 2 hours before CQWW SSB started in October, so have been enjoying the Beam for a few months now. Huge difference from my Wire & Vertical Antennas.
Many Thanks to Bill - KC7OHF & Rick - WA7RPM & two of my sons. Without their help the Beam would still be in the front yard. Currently have two COAX Projects that need to be done. I had a Full Hip replacement almost two weeks ago, so will be laid up awhile yet.
February 21, 2015 Well the Tower is up here now after valuable Help from Rck-WA7RPM, Shane-KD7JWC, and Shane's son Derrick. Is nice to finally have it up. Now to get the Beam on it. Mike-W7VO loaned me a Gin Pole that will help a lot. I have the Beam a HyGain TH-7 DX all assembled in the front yard, and ready to go up. Will be awesome to not have to rely on Wires & Verticals for awhile. Can't wait to try out the system. I've not had a Beam up since 1994 so you can imagine my excitement.
My Speedway Chapter Database is starting to take shape again after a crash. Thank Godness for the help
November 23, 2014 I played around with the W6OI/7 Special Event awhile today. Would like to have been able to spend more time with it as 10 meter openings were pretty good today.
I have been having a lot of trouble getting QSL Cards back from those I have sent out here in the USA that included SASE's. Not sure what to do to get a better return rate. I've had some trouble with DX too even though I include 2 US $$$ with my cards. Is a bit frustating at times. I will keep sending out cards anyway. Hopefully I'll be able to get LOTW working soon? Mike W7VO has kindly offered to help me with that. BTW Mike W7VO is now President of The Willamette Vally DX Club & W7 DX Bureau . My Tower is now ready to go up, so hope to get help with that soon. I'll be putting a HyGain TH-7DX Antenna that I picked up used on it.
May 17 2014
Had a lot of fun operating the W7 QSO Party from W7VO's QTH as N7J in muli single category. Lots of great op's, BBQ, and camraderie. We made 995 Q's, and had numerous Hams that had not been on HF much before. I hope to do it again in 2015!
April 8 2014. Well I worked the CQ WPX contest the end of March. Operated Single OP & Single Band (10 Meters). Made 290 Q's so nothing spectacular. I used my Yaesu FT-950 & a Vertical Antenna at 20' above ground. Operated High Power near 1 KW. Only worked Search & Pounce. Made a lot of Japan & South America QSO's. I have QSL Cards to ALL Japan contacts filled uot & ready to go out to the ARRL DX outgoing Bureau. Over the years I've had lots of great QSO's to Japan so I send ALL a QSL Card.
December 29, 2013. I am now the Letter "I" Sorter for the W7 - QSL Bureau. Is a Fun endeavor to be able to help even in such a small way! I've been very lucky in this as the former sorter Rick made it so easy to transfer the records in the form of an Spreadsheet, and Complete File System. Thank You Rick.
December 12,2013. Been lax in updating for awhile. Now Winter has set in I'm on the air daily now. Been working lots of DX & Contests. I now send Every Japan, Canada, & Mexico QSL's via ARRL Bureau. Postage is going nuts in North America now. I check QRZ for QSL Info before I mail QSL's now. QSL returns are continueing to be slight now. I need to learn more about OQRS I think? I am trying to be more active with the YL System, OMISS, & Ten-Ten! I hope to hear everyone soon. I am also chasing USA Counties more now!
January 4, 2013. Well my QSL Cards arrived, and have sent many out already. I've just mailed over 100 cards direct to the JARL Bureau in Japan, so all JA Cards sent that way. I QSL Japan 100% via Bureau. I am hoping to get a better QSL Return rate this year. Had a surprise at the December 2012 Lower Columbia Amateur Radio Association dinner, and am now Vice President of the Club for 2013. I hope to attract lots of New Members this year among other projects.
November 6, 2012 I've ran out of my Photo QSL Cards like ones on my QRZ Page. I've reordered today more cards from Tony LZ1JZ, so should be good to go with them soon. In the meantime I am sending Photo Postcards of Mt Hood with all the needed QSL Info.
October 30, 2012. Well I worked the CQWW this weekend, and had lots of fun. I only used my GAP Vertical 10' off the ground on 10, 15, and 20 meters only. Made 333 QSO's, and Total Score was 142,890 Points. I hope to have better antennas up next year. Made several band First Countries. I'll be sending QSL Cards through the Bureau to ALL Japan, and South America QSO's. Will send Direct to some as well.
September 28, 2012 I worked the Washington State Salmon Run QSO Party a couple weeks ago, and had lots of fun. Was great this year to finally work all Washington counties.
I've been working 10 meters a lot this entire week. It sure has been fun to have 10 open so well. Worked ZD7FT Peter on St Helena Island a little bit ago for a New DXCC Entity for me. Hopefully 10 meters will continue to improve, and be as good as Cycles 22 & 23.
July 17, 2012. I've been active a bit on HF past couple weeks, and having lots of Fun. I went to the Columbia County Field Day event in Scappoose,, Oregon,, and had a ball. 4th of July week I tried hard to work the 13 Colonies Special Event operations, and finally worked all 13 stations this year for a Clean Sweep for the first time after trying several years. Their Certificate is really beautiful, and I've sent for it. I am hoping 10 & 6 meters opens soon, as miss all my friends on those bands.
November 9, 2011. Well today my Birthday, and Geni made me an awesome cake. I've posted photos at end of photo alblum here.
November 2, 2011. I've all CQWW Japan contact QSL Cards all made out, and ready to mail direct to the Japan Bureau. Lots of work <grin>. Due to non return of many Direct cards I've sent out in recent years, I am trying to send more out through the Bureau than before. We'll see what happens? Too many DX Stations are keeping my $$ & not sending cards back. Tis a shame.
November 1, 2011. I played in the CQWW over the weekend, and had lots of Fun. I worked a Total of 15 hours. Made 389 Q's, 208 Multipliers, and a score of 227,344. I appreciate all who were so kind, and patient with my puny signal.
October 7, 2011. I played a bit in the California QSO Party with only 70 Q's. Working hard on The Speedway Chapter November Special / World Championships. Themes this year for Europe is the Nurburgring Race Course, and for USA is a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Herschel McGriff. Looks to be a great November again this year with lots of interest in the Special world wide.
September 20, 2011 I've changed my Internet provider from Wildblue to Hughes Net. Far faster & easier now. My Email is still good on QRZ.com
September 06, 2011.Now is the time to Upgrade or just Email interest in the 2011 Speedway Chapter's November Special / World Championships. Special designators will be assigned to all interested in participating during September, and October, and reply will include Special worksheet. Europe's Special is based on the infamous Nurburgring Race course, and USA Special will be a celebration of the Racing Career of Oregon's own Herschel McGriff. who is a NASCAR Hall of Fame member of NASCAR's Top 50 drivers of all time Lets all make this once a year event something special on the air on 10 meters.
August 12, 2011. I managed to work the 10-X Summer QSO Party last weekend. Made only 83 contacts the whole time. Propagation was mostly North & South. Many in Eastern States had over 300 Q's. Is quite typical so far in Cycle 24 that we have far worse propagation out west here.
April 15, 2011. I've not operated much this month so far but plan to over the next few weeks. Lots of activity for The Speedway Chapter of 10-X International Net with most in Germany lately doing upgrades.
Operated in the CQ WPX Contest from home Friday night with 191 Q's & then from W7DG Club Station on Saturday with Jim, Jon, and Rocky from the Wilamette Valley DX Club. They scored over 3 million points.
March 25, 2011 I plan to operate in the WPX Contest this weekend. This is one of my favorite contests as everyone works everyone.
Saturday January 8, 2011 I've added more photos to the Photo Alblum
Friday January 7, 2011. I'll be working the ARRL RTTY contest this weekend 18:00 Jan 8 to 24:00 Jan 9. I hope to better my score from last year.
I am now 10-X Trustee, and QSL Manager for Club Station W7DG The Lower Columbia Amateur Radio Association
Have new addition to shack now. Purchased a new Ameritron AL-572 Amp at HRO to compliment the station
W7CAR re-launches "The Speedway Chapter" of Ten-Ten International Net.
In an effort to increase Amateur activity on the 10 Meter Band & Support 10-X Paper Chasing, Dave has revived "The Speedway Chapter".There has already been outstanding response from Amateur's world wide with 78 "New" Members as well as numerous "Former" members lending support in just the first week of activity.