Hello! My detailed ham bio is below - here is the synopsis. I am active DXer and Contester on alll bands 160m through 23cm, active on 6m EME and will soon be on 2m EME. I QSL 100% via LoTW. If you want a card, please send a card via the Buro or direct with a SASE or GS.
If you worked me on JT65 on an HF (or 6m) band, I was running modest power (always under 50 W, and usually below 25 W) to a 20-foot tall Force 12 Flagpole Antenna using one of many ATUs that I am testing. The photo below shows the FPA with the optional 8-foot base extension and an LDG RT-600 outdoor rated ATU. I am one of the owners of Force 12 antenna company and get to play with a lot of prototype antennas including this new off-center fed vertical version of the popular F12 Flagpole antenna line (the flag was removed when this picture was taken).
More info at www.Force12.com
I was first licensed in 1969 as WN6NDC and later upgraded to WB6NDC. My rig was a Heathkit HW-101 novice transceiver fed to a low 40m dipole. I went off the air when I entered college in 1973 with the intention to get back into ham radio someday with "a real station."
Finally, in 1989, having purchased a home on a ridgeline in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu CA, I got back on the air with the call KC6EDP and a five tower station. I picked a good time to come back to the hobby--cycle 22 was in full swing and I was active chasing DX and contesting from 160m thru VHF. I soon upgraded and received the call AA6TT.
In 1991, my wife and I purchased a ranch in the Four Corners area of Colorado where I put together a M/M contest station (I still have the CQWW zero division record for M/M Phone and the ARRL DX zero division record for M/2 Phone, thanks to the excellent ops who joined my contest teams). We lived in Colorado until 1996 when my work situation required me to move back to Los Angeles. The ranch and antennas were sold and the towers mothballed.
Busy with my job, I was almost entirely off the air again from 1996 thru 2001 (missing the Heard Island DXpedition, among other things).
In 2001, we moved to Vermont and I started rebuilding my station, this time with an emphasis on SO2R contesting (M/M is too much work!). I was lucky be QRV again in time to catch some fantastic 6m DX at cycle 23's 2nd peak and start filling in band-countries for the ARRL DXCC Challenge/De Soto Cup competition (as of Oct 2003, I had worked 2,798 current band-countries between 160m & 6m including 60m).
Around this time I changed my call from AA6TT to NT1Y and I was QRV from 160m thru 23cm, my favorite bands being the "Magic" and "Top" bands. I operate primarily CW.
The best consult best result from the Vermont QTH was 1st place USA in the 2003 CQ WW CW SOHP category by Scott W4PA guest-operating and me watching!
In November 2011, my family and I moved to Glade Park, Colorado, near Grand Junction in far western part of the state, not far from the Utah border. When I landed here in Colorado, I changed my call to AA7XT.
My current station includes an Flex 6700 transceiver, Kuhne transverters,Yaesu FT-847, plus Dishtronix and W6PQL amps. My antennas, of course, are all from Force 12 and InnovAntennas!
Aside from ham radio, I am an avid triathlete (I have finished three Ironman races) and cycling enthusiast. I am married with one daughter.
I reply to all QSL card requests 100%, direct or via the buro. Also, I have uploaded most of my 100,000+ WN6NDC, KC6EDP, AA6TT, NT1Y and AA7XT QSOs to the LOTW and have started doing same to eQSL.
73 de Bill AA7XT
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