Home gear: IC-7000 + LDG AT-100, G5RV at ~ 40ft, A3S+40m at 30ft, Comet 6m 4el beam at 35'. RigExpert Plus USB interface.
Mobile gear: IC-7000 with an AH-4 tuner on the roofrack and 11ft whip right next to it. Also a Diamond NR770 2/440 whip. Heil Dual Traveller headset (with cables for the 7000 & and VX-7r). Various tuned whip antennas for emergencies and experimentation. M2 6M-3SS 3 el 6m beam and Cushcraft 144/440 mini beam for contests.
I am QRV mobile most of the time. I spend most of my time above 40m. I particularly enjoy Es-openings on 10m and 6m (thanks, Gabriel for VHF-DX.NET's DX-Sherlock - this is an EXCELLENT spotting site w/ maps & email alerts and now covers all bands, not just VHF) and trying rustle up some activity on 15m and 12m. Looking forward to my first sunspot cycle upswing and being able to work "the world, QRP, loaded into bedsprings, 24/7, on 10m".
QSLs: LoTW is the best way for US hams to earn WAS, VUCC and DXCC. I don't collect cards actively, so LoTW means no postage for you or me, and minimal delays. If you NEED a card, then send one (postage pse, for DX) and I'll reply ASAP. I reply with a postcard unless you provide an envelope. If you're not signed up for LoTW and are chasing paper, TRY IT!
ARRL now allows LoTW for VUCC or FFMA! This really saves time and money - as of Jan 13, 2011, the initial day of VUCC support, I had 93 6m grid squares CONFIRMED. Since then I got 7 more and now have my VUCC without a penny of postage. Some folks have uploaded their logs w/ 6m QSOs but have not filled in the GRID SQUARE field in the STATION LOCATION settings in tQSL.exe and so they won't match any grid squares until they fix this and resign and resubmit their logs. My LoTW data is valid for QSOs thru Spring 2011.
ARRL doesn't accept eQSL for ANYTHING so I don't see the point in using it or other digital interchange. I have an eQSL acct and I'll confirm anything I get since such confirmation can't be used to cheat.
If you've not rec'd a reply card or aren't getting an LoTW match when you expect to, feel free to email me.
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