Operators


Plans are for operators to be VA7DX, VE7KW, W5MJ, K4UEE, K5PI, W5SJ, F6BCW and W5RF.


Keith Witney - VE7KW


First licensed in 1964 as VE4EI, Keith holds VE7MID and VE7KW and has operated as RA/VE7MID, VE7MID/VE2, A25KW (CW and SSB), 7P8KW (7P8D CW & RTTY), 3DA0ET(CW), PJ2/VE7KW (SSB), TX7G(CW), 7QAA (CW). The 7P8D and 3DA0ET multi-two CQ WW CW efforts resulted in new zone 38 records each year. 

Keith has a modest home station, but has had the privilege of being allowed to participate at several contest stations. Keith is a multi-mode op, but prefers CW. A retired electrical engineer, Keith likes designing HF antenna systems and messing with technology in general. He also enjoys whitewater kayaking, and has used kayaking as well as amateur radio to justify his foreign travel.


Neil King - VA7DX

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First licensed in 1979 as VE7CVM, Neil attained his advanced certification in 1980 and acquired the call VA7DX in late 1999.  An avid HF, VHF and UHF contester, preferring DX to sleep and CW to SSB, Neil has also dabbled in meteor scatter, EME, tropo and satellite operation from VE7 as well as DX locations such as 7P8 and 3DAØ. Relatively new to DXpeditions, Neil has had the opportunity to visit and operate from the following locations: 


    • Swaziland - 3DAØWC, 3DA0ET (Nov 2013)
    • Lesotho - 7P8NK, 7P8D
    • Republic of South Africa – ZS6/VA7DX 
    • Geneva, Switzerland - 4U1ITU 
    • Lakshadweep Islands (Agatti), India - VU7RG, VU3NIJ 
    • Clipperton Island - TX5C
    • Desecheo Island – K5D
    • Mongolia – JT1RF
    • Malpelo Island – HK0NA
    • Mozambique – C82DX, C92DX
    • Botswana – A25DX
    • Amsterdam Island – FT5ZM
    • Malawi – 7QAA, 7QDX
    • Tonga – A35T
    • French Australs - TX5T
    • Baker Island - KH1/KH7Z


Also as a guest operator at: VE7UF contest station, SV1IS, VK4NAZ, A62A

 

Neil is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada (Assistant Section Manager BC), ARRL, ARES, Coquitlam Amateur Radio and Emergency Services Society (CARESS), Cross Border Communications Group (CBCG) and the Northern California DX Foundation.

In addition to Amateur Radio, hobbies also include skiing, SCUBA diving, sailing, travel, bike riding, photography and video (both above ground and underwater). 

Born and raised in Western Canada, Neil has worked in the Information Technology sector for over 40 years, the last 13 as an IT consultant specializing in interim management, leadership skills and coaching, strategic planning and outsourcing. 

 

Since the beginning of 2010 Neil has worked primarily overseas in Singapore, Beijing, Mongolia, South Africa and Congo (DRC) with the occasional side trip to London, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.


F6BCW - Didier Cadot



Didier CADOT,   68 years old next june. 

90% CW. More 100.000 QSO in CW since 1990, since I d’nt count, not include contest and DX’p…

Technical Radio in the French Navy between 1968/1990.

I then set up my own consulting company for business organization

SWL in 1966 -  F6BCW since 1970

1973/1975       FO8EG

1976/1978       FM0COO and FM0COO/MM     

1983/1986       CT2FN  

1986/1988       FM5ES

Oct/Nov 2012 TX5EG Holidays’expédition for my wife and me, in the islands of Huahine, Raiatea and Maupiti OC064. Duration of stay 45 days  in october / november 2012.  3500 contacts established at the vibroplex, without computer, none assistance. 3500 CW QSO in 65 hours in 12 days.              

RIG ultra light (75W, GP telescopic fishing pole in glass fiber whis copper wire, 12 radials). All the equipment was in a small backpack

April 2017       TM100VIMY, , celebrate VIMY Ridge 10 days, expédition in the north of France, with Don VE7DS, Keith VE7KW, Dave K3EL……

Summer 2017 TX5EG,  AHE OC131,  Huahine OC067,  Hiva Oa OC027,  Moorea OC046   (Team Manager)

At the moment, I am organizing the General Assembly of the French Telegraphers Union in April 2019. (100 people at the hotel, 300 meals over 2 days), and shared activation of TM34UFT from April 6 to 20.

Members of REF – UFT – CDXC - Treasurer of the radio club F6KJS.


Robert Feldtman - W5RF


Licensed in high school in 1962 as WA5CLA,  Bob built his 304TL AM amplifier and enjoyed the early days of AM.. Now, after medical school and heart surgery training with Dr DeBakey in Houston, and retired from the USAF Reserve as a Colonel, Dr. Feldtman continues to practice cardiovascular surgery in Dallas and chase DX on CW and SSB. Bob attained Extra class, a W5RF vanity call and DXCC in 1981 now at 314 DXCC entities confirmed and counting.

Enjoying the Tonga experience (A35T), French Australs (TX5T) and a Turks and Caicos week (VP5/W5RF), Bob will serve as team doctor and primitive webmaster. He also enjoys flying with 3000 hrs flight time and ratings for SEL, MEL and instrument flying. Other hobbies include hunting and fishing as well. His  travel has included medical missions work in Kenya, Thailand, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Chile. 

Bob is a >50 year member of the ARRL, TXDS and Central Texas DX Contest Club. He is also enjoying using remote radio operation of his equipment.


Madison Jones - W5MJ - Team leader, Emeritus




My first adventure with amateur radio started with the construction of a Heathkit AR-1 receiver in 1954. It did not pass the Smoke Test but it did get me into the hobby. Since I live in an antenna-restricted area, I am forced to go places, doing mostly CW in a variety of locations.  Here is what I remember of the places outside the US:


⋅ Mexico XE5KB, XA5T, 6D2YFM

⋅ Falkland Islands VP9WMJ, VP8WWW

⋅ Malta 9H3V

⋅ Mozambique C91TX, C91MJ

⋅ India VU3JMB

⋅ Lackshadweep Islands VU7RG

⋅ Micronesia [Kosrae, Pohnpei] V63MJ

⋅ Palau T88TV

⋅ Lesotho 7P8MJ

⋅ Nicaragua YN2MJ

   Tonga A35T. 

   Bhutan XZ1A 

   French Australs TX5T

Robert Allphin, JR - K4UEE


With the completion of the very successful K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island, K4UEE has reached a milestone in his ham radio “career”.  He has now participated in, led, or co-led DXpeditions to ELEVEN of the DXCC “top 10 most wanted”.  They are Baker/Howland (#8), Heard Island (#4), Bhutan (#3), South Sandwich Islands (#6), South Georgia Island (#10), Peter I Island (#4), Lakshadweep (#2), Desecheo Island (#6), Saba/St. Eustatius (all-time new one), Amsterdam/St. Paul (# 4) and now Navassa Island (#1).  In 2012, the HKØNA Malpelo Island DXpedition ranked #12 "most wanted", set a new World Record for QSOs for non-hotel, non fly-in DXpeditions.

Since retiring fifteen years ago to pursue DXpeditioning more or less full time, Bob has participated in ten MAJOR DXpeditions that have made over 1.25 million QSOs. He has ELEVEN "DXpedition of the Year" plaques hanging on his wall.

He is an active contester and has participated in 38 contest DXpeditions. From the mid- 80s through the early 2000s, Bob set five single operator/single band World Records and was a competitor in two World Radio Team Championships (WRTC) events in 1996 and 2000.

Bob is a member of the CQ DX Hall of Fame, Board of Directors of INDEXA, current President of The KP1-5 Project, and former Chairman of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee (DXAC).  He is a member of the VooDoo Contest Group, FOC (First Class Operator Club), A-1 Operators Club, the Southeastern DX Club Hall of Fame.


Robert Brandon - K5PI - Team Leader


Robert K5PI has been an active contester and DXer since he was first licensed in 1977.  For almost 20 years, he has maintained the W5KFT station and operates most major CW contests from there.  He also has operated ARRL DX CW for the last 11 years as V3T or V31TP.  He's also operated contests from ZF1A, HC8N, and many great central Texas stations.  He's achieved DXCC Honor Roll from his tribander-and-wires station in Austin, Texas, where he's lived for many years.  Known to be a scuba diver at times!


BILL PRIAKOS – W5SJ

 

BILL PRIAKOS – W5SJ

Licensed in 1955 as WN5KGJ, Bill participated in emergency communications following an area tornado and as a result was awarded a Junior Red Cross trip to Japan at age 16.  During a stopover in Hawaii, he was able to meet and make Q’s from the QTH of KH6BLI who he had worked on the 40 meter novice band and then, while in Japan, operated from KA3GG – THE DX BUG HAD BITTEN!!

A member of last year’s TX5T team, Bill holds DXCC #1; he is past president of Arkansas DX Association and Lone Star DX Association.  He, Bob, K4UEE and two others were in the ARRL CW DX contest this past March from PJ6A. Bill scored tops from SA Top Band CQ WW CW from PR0F one year and also entered the same contest from his calls, VP2EJ and ZF2EZ.  He also has VP2MSJ, J79SJ, V31SJ, as well as previous calls from C6A, J3, J6, KP2, VP5, VP2V, KH6, VP9, PJ7, etc., as well as /FO while at TX5 and /PJ6 this year. He is CW Ops #1980 and has been active in Wednesday’s CWT when in town.  He is a fan of QRO AND QRP and has used both on his holiday style jaunts in the Caribbean. Before the TX7T adventure this November, Bill was active with the Louisiana Contest club at KG4 in mid-August 2019 and at his call on Grand Cayman, ZF2EZ, the last week of that month.

 

Pix:  J6/W5SJ, 20 M, 1 watt transceiver w/vert – best DX: VU, 4X, ZL!








© Robert Feldtman 2016