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Hello, I am Tom and glad that you stopped by... Here is some information about myself you might find interesting:

My ham history, operating preference and other active calls:

  • I got first licensed in June 1981 at the age of 15 and
  • I am operating CW only - well, let's say 95% to be honest...the remaining 5% fall upon RTTY, JT65 and some SSB during ARRL Centennial QSO Party 2014 and selected HF/VHF/UHF contests
  • I also use DL1HBT/p for portable operation and am holder of US extra class license AC2HM

My QSL policy:

  • LoTW: 100% of my contacts (both regular and contest QSO, updated almost daily)
  • paper QSL cards (yes, I really appreciate them!):
    • will be either send
      • via DL-bureau (DARC) or GlobalQSL.com for almost all regular QSO
      • directly for "rare ones" (for both regular and contest QSO)
  • or why not use CLUBLOG OQSL services by following this link https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/dl1hbt
    • NOTE: only QSO since July 2011, most recent QSO dated May 14, 2015 1947z

My DOK (Distriktsortskenner for DARC DLD-awards):

  • G16 (OV Juelich)

My current rig for HF (10-80m), control equipment and software:

  • Rig
    • Yaesu FT-950 (100 watts out; JT-65 transmitting w/reduced power of 15 watts)
    • Kenwood TL-922 linear amplifier (used occasionally, only on non-WARC bands)
    • Gap Titan DX (8 band vertical, rooftop-mounted, feed point 42m asl)
  • Control equipment
    • Ameritron remote antenna switch RCS-4X
    • HamGadgets MasterKeyer MK-1
    • UR5CDX CT 599MB polished brass heavy dual (iambic) level paddle
    • Tigertronics SignaLink USB for digimodes
  • Software
    • Ham Radio Deluxe, version (for logging)
    • Win-Test 4.16.0 (for contest logging, combined with MMTTY v1.68A for RTTY contesting)
    • DM780 for RTTY and PSK
    • JT65-HF (HB9HQX-edition) 

My major awards:

    • 5BDXCC #7,699 plus endorsements for 12m and 17m
  • DXCC CW #2,705
    • 315 countries [308 current] awarded by ARRL as of January 2015
  • DXCC Digimode #4,111
  • 5BWAZ CW basic #660
    • 160 zones confirmed as of May 1990
  • WAS CW #44,624 issued May 15, 1990
  • USA-CA CW 500 #2,614 issued June 24, 1992
  • WAE Top CW #243

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