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WA0RVK

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Phillip David Brittenham

Monett 657088309
United States, MO

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Call data

Last update:2021-04-21 12:27:30
QTH:Monett, MO
Continent:NA
Views:455
Main prefix:K
Class:Extra
Federal state:MO
US county:Barry
Latitude:36.8548833
Longitude:-93.8997924
Locator:EM36BU
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:7
CQ Zone:4
ULS record:832774

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2021-04-21 12:30:09
eQSL QSL:YES
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES
LoTW QSL:YES
Extra QSL Info:eQSL uploaded sporadically. E-mail me if you have an urgent need for an eQSL

Biography

Licensed in 1967 as WN0RVK. Passed General in '68 and became WA0RVK, Advanced in '72, Extra in '75, Second class Radiotelephone in 1975, First Class Radiotelephone in 1976. All but the novice were taken in front of an FCC examiner at the FCC field office in Kansas City.

For the most current information, and the full story of my station and history as an amateur radio operator, including my recent move to a new QTH, see my QRZ.COM page

DXCC phone 303, mixed 329, cw 139, digital 213
5-Band DXCC w/endorsements for 30m and 17m
Triple Play #2003
5B-WAS with endorsements from 160-10m, just need HI and AK on 6m for 10-band
WAS Mixed
WAS Phone w/80m endorsement
WAS CW
WAS Digital w/FT8,JT65 endorsements
160m WAS w/digital endorsement
Bi-Centennial WAS from 1976, with 80m endorsement (How many even remember that one?)
WAC w/80m endorsement
RCC (from way back in my Novice days)
Geritol #575
Various and sundry other certificates.

Equipment

Transceivers:

Icom: IC-7610, two IC-7300's

Yaesu: FT-767 w/6m, 2m, and 440 modules, FT-757GX-II

Kenwood: Two TS-120S's

A Yaesu 75-watt mobile 2m transceiver, but I can't remember the model, and it's in storage
right now anyway.

Amplifiers:

SPE 1.5k-FA amplifier
Various homebrew amps in list below

Towers:

US Towers TH-455 crank-up 55'
US Towers MA-550 crank-up 55' (bought from Bob Heil when he moved from this area)
300'+ of Rohn (on the ground pending installation, probably 3 or 4 separate towers)

Antennas:

Mosley PRO-67C-3, Cushcraft A4S w/40m kit, Cushcraft A50S 5-ele 6m. I also have 3 or 4
older tri-band yagi's that are disassembled and in storage for I don't know what. I have a
TH6DXX, a Wilson 33, a 4-element very heavy tri-bander that I can't remember the
manufacturer. I still have all the parts for the old KLM-34A (best tri-bander I ever
owned) but there was a lot of ice damage to it and I doubt I ever do anything with it
again. I also have a KLM KT-36XA that a friend gave me, which he lost in the same ice
storm that got my KT-34A. It is rebuildable, and in the far reaches of my mind, I can see
myself putting it back together. It suffered far less damage than my KT-34A. As well as
the 34A performed, I can't imagine what the 36XA would be like.

I have over 300' of Rohn 25 tower, but it's all stacked on the ground right now, pending Spring weather when I can start putting some of it up. For now, I just have a US Towers TX-455 with the PRO-67 on it for 40m-10m. There are no trees within usable distance at the new QTH, so until I get some of the Rohn 25 in the air, all the other antennas are on the ground. I also have a 90' self-supporting tower from AN Wireless that I am going to put up, but only the lower 70'. I will move the PRO-67 to that tower once it's installed. The PRO-67 is a very large and heavy antenna, and the lower 70' of that tower is rated about double what the PRO-67 will throw at it. I'll put the A4S and probably the 6m beam on the TX-455 then. I plan to use the MA-550 for 6m and and purchase a new LFA-6 or LFA-7 for that one. The Cushcraft A50S is an decent 6m yagi, but not great. I would like to have the lower noise and higher gain of an LFA. The Rohn 25 will be used for perhaps an 80m vertical, and for end supports for some large wire arrays I would like to play with for 80 and 160m.

Various boatanchors, mostly Hallicrafters, Heathkit, and Hammarlund. I have a very rare Hammarlund HQ-215. Bet you haven't seen one of those. I have a Heathkit Apache TX-1, the matching Mohawk RX-1, an SB-10 SSB adapter for the TX-1, the matching Warrior linear amp, three Hallicrafters SX-28's, and far too many other boatanchors to list. I think I pretty well have a full list on QRZ.COM.

Note: The following paragraph has to be updated now. With the move to the new QTH in early 2021 (just 600 feet or so from the old QTH of 46+ years), I added an SPE 1.5K-FA. I do use it now for chasing DX. I have to face it, an ATNO is very, very hard to come by when you get above 320 or so. The only countries left that I need are going to be via DXpedition, and if you have chased DX, you know what those pileups are like these days. Without some power, I might miss one, and at my age, I may not have time to wait for another activation. Some of them, like Malpelo and Palmyra, are controlled access and can only be activated every 10 years or so. I have Palmyra, but if I miss the next activation of Malpelo, I will possibly never have another chance at it. Then, there's the solar cycle. What I don't get in Cycle 25 may never come around again. I will be 78 or so when Cycle 26 arrives, if I'm even still active. I need to get those last few during Cycle 25, and that may require some power. I'm not taking chances!

Various amplifiers besides the SPE, include a 4-1000A homebrew, pair 4-400's homebrew, pair 572B homebrew (basically an SB-200 clone in an HT-37 cabinet), a real Heathkit SB-200, and a Heathkit Warrior (4 811A's). Also have a homebrew triple 813 amp that my Dad built years ago. Note that I did not use any of these on the air for DX work. Except...I used the 4-400 amp right after I completed it, back in the early 80's to break through the W6/W7 iron curtain to work a very rare DX station on 80m one night. I got him on the first call after turning the amp on. I've never run more than 120 watts since that night. All DXCC stations except that one have been with 120 watts or less. ALL WAS work has been at 120w or less. I have just never needed any more power to work what I wanted to work. Gaining db with good antennas is way cheaper than amps, and don't heat the shack up so much. Plus, the antenna helps on the receiving side as well.

UPDATED: April 21, 2021

  

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