Century Award (CC) #929
I always QSL for first contact. Follow-ups for other bands should request a new, updated QSL by emailing me here: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com I really enjoy receiving QSL's from my contacts. Sometimes I'm like a kid waiting for a "magic decoder ring" or something, can't wait to get home from work and check the mailbox.
For DX'ers, I typically use the Bureau unless you tell me otherwise. Bureau is OK for me too.
For FISTS Members, I use the FISTS QSL Bureau...save a bundle on stamps!!
(OK...so I'm cheap....what can I say??)
I obviously make my own QSL's with my computer, I think they look pretty good, but let me know your opinon of them via email, or, preferably, on YOUR QSL when you send it to me (Hi-Hi). PS-Pay no attention to the poor scan above, it looks better than that.....honestly......
I am a General licensee, passing my General exam and 13 wpm code test at the Lexington, Kentucky VE test session on 12-Feb-2000. I entered into the amateur ranks as a Technician Plus by passing my Novice and Technician exams and 5 wpm code test on August 15, 1999 at the Bluegrasss Hamfest in Lexington, Kentucky. I was issued my call by the FCC on 01-Sept-1999.
My station consists of a this following equipment:
Kenwood TS-520s 100 Watt SSB HF Transceiver
OHR 100A-40 meter 5 Watt QRP Transceiver
Elecraft K1-40/20 meter QRP Transceiver
Alinco DR-140-2 meter 50 Watt mobile Tranceiver
Yaesu FT-1500M 2-meter 50 Watt Mobile Trasceiver (used as base)
Alinco DJ-V5-2 meter/70 centimeter 5 Watt HT Tranceiver
MFJ-484-Grand Master memory keyer
Bencher BY-2 paddles
Ten Tec 1202-Dual Band Wattmeter
Hustler 6BTV Antenna (ground mounted)
Ringo Ranger 2-meter Antenna
I am a member of the FISTS CW Club. My member number is 7058. If you love CW like I do, then you really should be a member. Lots of very nice people to meet, contests and QSO parties, an EXTREMELY well run QSL Bureau (both stateside and foreign), even a Code Buddy program where you will be matched up with another CW operator as a student or teacher.
Did somebody say Code Buddy? Funny you should ask. I recently assumed the duties of Code Buddy Coordinator for the North American FISTS Club. I accept the applications for either Students or Teachers and place them in a pool. I then "marry" them based on band availability, propagation, intrests, ability, etc. If you'd like to improve your CW ability, or lend a hand teaching the lesser experienced operators, please have a look at the On-Line Code Buddy Application at http://www.qsl.net/w9em/code_buddy_form.html
You can find out more about FISTS by clicking their link here http://www.fists.org/.
OHR-100A-I've completed my first QRP radio kit. It's an Oak Hills Research OHR-100 for 40 meters. Please click HERE to visit the detailed construction page.
Ten Tec-Kit 1202-SWR/Wattmeter and adapted it for QRP use. The construction detail and photos are available HERE. Easy to adapt to QRP use and recommended highly.-Although not truly QRP, I built the Ten-Tec Model 1202 Dual Band for use with the Elecraft K1. Details HERE.
Elecraft K1-It's assembly and will update photos / construction notes as time permits. I selected the 7 Mhz / 14 MHz (40/20 meter) option. My K1 construction page can be accessed HERE to visit the construction / photos page. I really plan to write a nice summery of the K1, but it's too much fun to operate. Can't put it down long enough to write a paper.......sorry
VQ9PO - (Diego Garcia) 9930 miles on 5 watts (1986 MPW)
P43E - (Aruba) ?? miles on 2.5 watts (?? MPW)
DF4MV (Germany) 4621 miles on 3 watts (1540 MPW)
Finally finished CW-WAS. Took me exactly 16 months, 3 days. Thanks to Doug, KK7VD in WY, I wrapped up CW-WAS on 03-Jan-2001. I've been issued CW-WAS Number 50,334 on 09-Mar-2001.
I am currently working toward my FISTS-WAS. Thus far I have worked 45 states, but need the following states:
HI, KS, NE, VT, WV
OK, so here's a shock......I'm also working on QRP-WAS. I've worked 38 states at or below 5 watts. The following states are needed:
AK, HI, ID, IN, LA, MT, ND, NV, UT, VT, WV, WY
My station log can be accessed by clicking on the link above. It automatically updates every night at approx 0215 EST (0615 UTC), so don't panic if you don't see your entry there immedialy after contact. I realize it's a little difficult to read on-line, but if you know the date and time (UTC) we worked, it shouldn't be hard to find. You can also check to see if I've recieved your QSL yet!
If I've typo'd, or omitted you, please let me know via email, I like to have an accurate Log. The log is arranged in reverse chronological order so you don't have to search thru pages of text.
In time, I may decide to have a seperate log for FISTS QSO's....we'll see, as time flies and I don't. (Hi-Hi)
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