Ken Harker WM5R
1998 W6JKV/5 October Barbecue


I was invited to attend Jimmy Treybig W6JKV/5's annual barbecue this year. Most of the people in attendance are "big gun" enthusiasts on 50MHz or 144MHz or both. Many hold DXCC on one or the other band, and many are active on EME. While I had talked with him on the air and over the phone a few times, this was the first time I had met Jimmy in person, and the first time I had been to his new house in southwest Austin, TX (EM10.) Somehow, I neglected to take a photo of Jimmy himself. I'm such a lid.

These photos are copyright © 1998-2003 Kenneth E. Harker. All rights reserved.


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The scene as I arrived. In the center is the two-level garage, with a push-up pole in front of it. The pole has a 7 element 6M yagi on it. To the left is the front door to the house. Jimmy's shack is in a room in the garage. The garage has more square feet of floorspace than my apartment!
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Two meter EME personified. From left to right: Gerald Williamson K5GW, Dave Blaschke W5UN, and Bob Taylor W5LBT.
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Gene Zimmerman W3ZZ and company discussing the six meter DX window.
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Part of the driveway became a party tent.
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This was the entertainment: a local African drum music troupe. The woman in the front row on the drum was a member of the crew that painted Jimmy's house when he first moved in. The African theme was appropriate, as Jimmy put it: "Here's to the return of the sunspots, and may we all work lots of Africa on six meters!" Austin, Texas likes to refer to itself as the "Live Music Capital of the World."
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Lots of people in the party tent. The funny looking guy in the middle with the beard is George Fremin III K5TR.
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Zeke Harvey W5NFC. Zeke, among many other activities, is trustee of the University of Texas Amateur Radio Club N5XU. Zeke has been a licensed radio amateur for over five decades!
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George Fremin III K5TR. George like to operate at the W5KFT ranch station near Llano, Texas, where he holds the record for the number of six meter grid locators worked in the ARRL June VHF QSO Party. He was also one of the first people in the Austin area to work Africa on six meters during this solar cycle. The orange on his shirt used to be red. Jimmy's tower site is in the background up the hill.
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This is a crank-up tower set up at the top of a hill on W6JKV/5's property. The hill is between the house and Bee Cave Road, which is the major street through that part of town. This tower has a twenty meter yagi on the bottom and a ten meter yagi on top. A large six meter yagi that sits on an adjacent tower is visible in the left of the frame.
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This is a view from the tower site down the hill to the house, which is in the center of about 80 acres. There is a creek behind and about fifty feet below the house. This is facing almost due south. At the moment, all of the antennas are fed with 15/8" hardline. Absolutely huge stuff.
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Martin Ellis ZL1ANJ. Probably the guy who travelled farthest to reach the party.

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