** All my ham activities are dedicated to my father F5CKM, sadly SK, who gave me this wonderful virus beg of the 90's. **
Chaser of multiple-band DX'ing + WAZ + WAS, as well as to IOTA and Antarctica, he must smile at me wherever he is now, when watching me fighing in pile-ups, getting up early not to miss the sunrise grey-line, trying to improve aerials, struggling with QRM and QRM'ers, etc....Thanks Dad !
Simple working conditions here
Trusty FT920 fitted with both CW and SSB INRAD filters
Steady AL811H driven for 500w out (enough)
Efficient HexBeam (Traffie's, the original one) at 30ft agl for 20/17/15/12/10m (HX-5Bi model)
Homemade Inverted-L (13m vert + 6m sloping) for 160/80/40/30m, with 48 30-ft long radials
No PC in the shack, so QRV only CW / SSB (80%/20%) and paper log
My modest DX achievements
I'm very proud of having completed the 5-band WAZ (200 zones, # 1707) from my small city lot !
30/17/12m WAZ also completed, now working on Top Band (20 zones so far...)
IOTA wkd : 605
DXCC : 324 wkd /323 cnf
As of 19th of October 2014
Bureau is 100% but long
Direct is a lot quicker, no need to insert IRC / GS