Episode 063 - Craig Thompson - K9CT
When Craig Thompson, K9CT, wanted a place to spend a contest weekend with his amateur radio friends he built a multi operator contest station on a rural property, not far from his home in the city. Drawing on the experience and expertise of other multi operator contest station owners, Craig built his ultimate man cave. Craig discusses his amateur radio story and the details of building this station with Eric, 4Z1UG, in this QSO Today.
How and Why Wonder Books
First Elmer: Lucy Hilpert, W9USR
First License: 1967 Novice WN9TXL, later WA9TXL
Upgrade: Extra, 1971
Rockford Illinois Amateur Radio Club
Education: Bradley University BSEE
Bradley University Ham Radio Club
Entrepreneurial Founder: Thompson Electronics Company
Break from ham radio: 1991 to 2004
Clubs and Organizations:
K9CT Contest Station - Craig's website that shows both his home and contest station. Pay attention to the anntenna systems he has at the contest station.
“Now looking back, I can tell you, that building a contest station, and having your friends over to operate is one of the best parts of ham radio”, Craig Thompson, K9CT
Contest Station "Elmers"Key land features for a contest station:
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, Antenna Zoning for Amateur Radio, ARRL book on antenna zoning
Contest Station Important Features:
Sherwood List for Receiver Performance provides background for choosing a contest receiver.
K3LR runs “multi-multi” on all bands. They call CQ even on bands that are closed.
K9CT Contest Station uses:
Green Heron Engineering wireless remote antenna switch - used everywhere in K9CT
Stack Match Combining Network
Ergonomics is not talked about enough for contesters.
FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition - away for seven weeks
KH5-P Palmyra Atoll
TI9KK, Isla del Cocos
K4M, Midway Island
PJ7E, Sint Maarten
NH8S, Swains Island
3D2C, Conway Reef
K9W, Wake Island
Mike Mertel, K7IR, SteppIR Antenna
NCDXF - Northern California DX Foundation
Advice: Spend a lot of time with somebody that you would like to be like
The RSS Feed for all audio content from QSO today is available from here.
Please join our QSO Today community by pressing the button below. It is the best way to suggest guests and topics, and provide feedback to Eric, 4Z1UG.
Knightkit T-60 Novice Transmitter
K9CT Home Station
K9CT Contest Station
Craig, K9CT, in K9CT Contest Station