Member Spotlight – Steve Galchutt
When were you first licensed ? 1958 – Novice as WV6HXL in CA
How did you become interested in radio? Older brother helped me build a crystal set when I was 10yrs old …later with my paper route funds I bought a Heathkit AR3 rcvr …listening to Sputnik every morning before I did my paper route on my bike! I was hooked on RF or radio waves!
Favorite Band and Modes ? Last several years solar activity has been very good and conditions on 20m and above have been excellent! So we’ve been making use of 20m-10m …also some 6m openings when possible. CW is our favorite mode but SSB is always fun for something different. Plus sometimes PSK31 but for me it lacks the immediate connection that you get with SSB or CW …Kinda like email verses a phone call or texting.
Please explain about the goats? When did you first start taking them with you?
That’s a long story! But let’s just say about 10-yrs ago they came into my life and I started hiking them w/me and they began to carry some of my gear when we went overnight backpacking as seen here:
Describe some of your favorite Field Radio experiences (locations and/or QSOs)?
During a recent Summits on the Air (SOTA) adventure I was lucky enough to make contact with Klaus/DF2GN who was also operating from a SOTA Summit in Germany using his KX3! He was using an EFHW vertical antenna suspend high up in a tree and running just 5w! Nothing sweeter than making contact with another kindred spirit using modest antennas and minimal power!
Where are some of the most memorable transmitting locations you have been?
Operating in extreme environments above tree-line has it’s challenges and creates lifelong memories …like the time I was operating SOTA on Almaghre 12.8k’ a fast moving T-storm suddenly appeared and we had to pack up and run for our lives literally! With sparks everywhere!! …Pikes Peak is one of our favorite spots..
Any Future Hobby Plans or Goals? As long as I’m able (recently turned 70!) continue hiking w/goats and playing radio from as many summits as possible while sharing our experiences via YouTube..
Transceivers and Antennas: Home: KX3, K2, LD-5, ATS4, ATS3, MTR, plus many little home-brew QRP rigs + wire antennas. Field: same as above.
Closing Comments: Hamming outdoors will improve your OP skills tremendously! Trust me being able to setup a station and make contacts from most anywhere in less than optimal conditions will make you a well seasoned OP! Not to mention it’ll improve your health even without having a gym membership!! It’s FUN radio sport! See you on the air …73, Steve/wG0ATs
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