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Stuff about NK7C:
My name is Pat - NK7C, I have recently relocated the radio shack here to our farm ” Putter Butt Farms ” in Sevier County, Utah from our home in Southern Nevada. I enjoy Contesting, Chasing DX & Mobile Modes. I guess the part I like best is making new friends all over the world via the radio. Some have been able to stop by my home while vacationing and enjoyed a good steak off the barbeque’s from time to time. Let me know when you’re coming by and I will fire it up. All of the beef is our own raised here at Putter Butt Farms !
My first real exposure to ham radio was back when I was 7 years old on March 27, 1964 during the Alaskan Earthquake. For the first few days after the earthquake the news was reporting that there were 100′s dead. Our family down in the lower 48 states had no news from us other then what was on the tv news reports. Finally after three days my dad was able to hook up with a local ham in the Anchorage area where we lived and get a few messages out to family in Idaho, who let the rest of the family know we were still alive and ok. We were completely cut off up there without phones, power or anything else we are all used to everyday. That experience has stayed with me all of these years. I thought it was pretty cool somebody could talk all over the world like that.
First licensed back in Aug. of 1989 along with my wife Cyndi – N7NND. We have gone along upgrading together and enjoying the hobby. We have enjoyed making friends thru ham radio over the years. My first callsign back then was KB7IKC which I only had for a month or two as I recall, Cyndi’s was KB7IKB. Then after upgrading from Novice to Technician ( old style ) I changed callsigns to N7NTN & Cyndi’s is N7NND which we had for a number of years. I remember the day I tested for General sitting there in the class room waiting for Cyndi to finish, why not try the Advanced test popped into my head. So I did without any studying before hand - Failed that one. It still stands out in my mind as the hardest test of the bunch and the only time I failed one of the exams. Anyway back in June of 1992 I made it to Extra – hence the callsign change to NK7C.
Back in those early days my mentor and still good friend was one KG7D – Bob, now with his new callsign of W7RH he started an interest in contesting in me that has only grown over time. There were a few nights of sitting over at his place watching and listening in while he worked the key and was running a pileup in some 160m contest at his house. The photos of the two of us here was maybe 1990 during the summer in Las Vegas, photo of both of us after standing up his tower. We both had more hair and a few less pounds back then, I don’t remember looking this young.
I still look forward to the contests in the fall, since setting up the station at the farm we have been working at a few of the 160m contests now that there is room to spread out on the alfalfa fields during the winter. The past two winters have seen up to 8 x 600′ beverages and two 160m parasitic verticals ( the design of the verticals was by W7RH ) This past Feb. 2010 saw NK7C taking home the Zone 3, 1st place plaque from CQ Magazine in the CQWW 160m ssb contest, multi op category. Our team members included NK7C, W7RH, N7CQQ, N7NND, KE7ZIW & KF7HGD and some of the wives, a fun group for the weekend. What better way to run for a contest weekend, a good team at the radio’s and a great support crew behind us taking care of everything else.
In this photo left to right in the background is KF7HGD, NK7C, N7CQQ & KE7ZIW during the 2010 CQWW 160m ssb
Let’s see its the middle of the night, nothing but static on 160, not a contact in 30 minutes now and I can’t remember my callsign ? That’s me looking lost over there at the keyboard in the the 2010 CQWW 160m ssb
Back around 1999 I was told to look up John Kennon – N7CQQ because of my growing interest in DXpeditoning. He and I have become good friends over the years and have had some pretty good times on Field Day outings and other portable contests we have done from around the area in Southern Nevada. He has been playing the Elmer role with me on the art of Dxpedtioning and setting up a trip of that nature. One of these days maybe he and I will get out on one together before we both get to old. With my business commitments the way they are these days it may be a while before I have time to be gone for 2 – 4 weeks straight like that. Until then I guess I will have to stay on this side of the pileup.
The station these day’s consists of a pair of Icom 756 Pro series radio’s both with AL 1200 amps. The main everyday operating here is done with a Mosley Pro 96, 9 element 6 band beam ( 6 elements on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 & 3 elements on 40 ) up at 65′, stacked on top of that at 70′ is a 5 element 6m beam for fun when 6m is open. Also have a vertical on 80m which will be expanded during the summer of 2011 into maybe a 4 square along with another for 30m as well. Need to make arrangements with the land owner next door for the use of one of there non used fields and set them up on a more permanent basis along with my 160m verticals. Around the end of October when the summer field work is over then the verticals and beverages can go back up for approx 6 months over the fall, winter and part of the spring. By the 2nd week of March it all needs to come down and the field work starts up again growing alfalfa, lot of work each year to rebuild it all. I don’t know about you but for me laying out some 60,000′ of wire and rolling it all back is not a lot of fun.