Added my call sign to the wall art at The Pi Pizzaria in South Salt Lake, Salt Lake County, Utah (DN40bp).
K1LOK at The Pi
I made my first HF contact. I had a dipole set up about 3 meters high on the south side of my house. The contact was with K0KSU in Kansas (EM17) at 1363 km (847 miles).
A picture of my home shack (DN40cj).
The 2018 Field Day was spent with the Skyline Radio Club on Skyline Road at the top of Ephraim Canyon (DM49gh). I was able to do quite a bit of operating.
I made my first contact on DMR with KI7GGG in Lehi, Utah County, Utah.
I worked at University Avenue and 500 N (DN40dg). I ended up holding an arrow to direct floats. My 2017 location was much better.
I bought a second mobile radio with two band capability. It was a Tytera TH-7800. I have used this radio periodically as both a base and a mobile radio.
This was my first attempt at a portable operation near Kanab, Kane County, Utah (DM37qc). I made contact with K6TIM in Tucumcari, New Mexico (DM85) at a distance of 818 km (508 miles).
This was my 20 meter dipole taken northwest of Kanab.
I bought a Woxun HT model KG-UV8T. It is a tribander giving me capability on the 1.25 meter band. I was thinking about getting a Yaesu FT-60, but I like the display on this unit much better. It is easier to read with my old eyes.
This was my first time checking into any of the mercury nets, this time being the Mercury Rocky Mountain Net on 3920 kHz. The net control was KB7ITU in Rexburg, Idaho.
This year I worked the SW quadrant again from a northside UVU parking lot (DN40dg). I had a good view of the fires in the mountains to the south.
I discovered the Mission Trail Net. I spoke to W6SLZ (Dick) about the net.
This was my first time I tried a contest on my own. I actually had a pileup of a few wanting a contact in Utah. I was on both 40 and 80 meters. I used a 20 meter dipole for some of the 40 meter contacts.
I made 47 contacts on 20, 40 and 80 meters. I contacted 29 different counties. According to the cert I got, I was 5th place in Utah for single operator low power.
I had 12 QSOs. For whatever reason, this was enough to win Single Operator, Low Power, 20 meters. My furthest contact was KH6J in Hawaii at 4803 km.