April 5, 2023 BARS Meeting – Gary Sutcliffe, W9XT, on Antennas – the Third Dimension

Our guest speaker for the Club Meeting on April 5, 2023 will be Gary Sutcliffe, W9XT, and he will give a presentation entitled “Antennas – The Third Dimension”. Gary was Licensed as WN9FRG in 1970. Other calls he has held: WB9FRG, WB9FRG/6W8, W0XT. He also has an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (Commercial). His main radio interests include contesting, especially CW DX contests, DXing where he has avhieved number one on the DXCC Honor Roll, 5BDXCC, over 100 countries confirmed on each band 160-10M (except 60M), and experimenting, designing and building equipment and antennas, so he is well versed in what makes a great antenna system for your QTH.

Gary got interested in ham radio through his uncle, Harold Beckman (SK) W9HEK, later W9FJ, at an early age but it was not until he got to high school that he had the discipline to learn the code. Gary’s dad (Chuck) and Gary got licensed together and Gary was WN9FRG and his Dad was WN9FRF, later W9FRF (SK).

A few years later he attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Ham Radio with a minor in Electrical Engineering (HI). The UW club station, W9YT, was a major contest station at the time and he developed a passion for contesting under the guidance of some very good operators.

“My QTH is near Slinger Wisconsin on 14 acres in the country. I wanted to have space for antennas! I currently have 3 towers. Two are for HF and one for 2M EME. I also have other antennas including Beverages, a K9AY array, a 30M vertical and a 160M inverted L.”

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Observing our Zoom meeting requires only a web browser and headphones/speakers. You do not need a webcam or microphone unless you want to speak or be seen.

Before our meeting date, please go to https://zoom.us/test and see if it will function for you. If you have problems, we can try to assist – feel free to ask questions on the BARS email list.

We are looking forward to “seeing” many of you on Wednesday 3/1 here at 1900.

Doug, N1WRN

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