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The Photo above is from Mobile, Alabama made in early 1982 and is the basis of my QSL that my wonderful neighbor George from Czechsolovakia used to to design my QSL in 1982. I still use this QSL today. Just had my graphic designer daughter in law change the address and antenna location.

Ham since 1959 retired from AT&T 1994, current rigs HF - Ten Tec Omni 6 and Collins 30L1 amp, Antennas: HF - TH11DX at 42 feet, Hy-Tower vertical, dipoles, Tucker 3000 tuner, 6 Meters-FT-950 - M2 6M7JHV @ 53', 2 meters IC746Pro- M Square 2M5WL @ 25'; UHF Yaesu 736R at 25 watts to - 432 30 El. @ 56 ft, 1296 - 10 Watts to KLM 44LBX at 60 feet. I enjoy Dxing and contesting. On HF only need P5 ( YESS finally GOT E3) to have them all Total DXCC with deleted 359/356. DXCC - mixed Honor Roll 339, PHONE 336, CW 331, RTTY 297, DXCC Challenge 2164, WAC, WAZ, WAS -Mixed, RTTY, Triple Play #20, 9BDXCC, 6 Meter DXCC, 6 Meter WAS, A-1 Op., Member of ARRL, 10-10, QCWA, SMIRK, 6 Club, Grid Bandits, Missouri DX/Contest Club, SKCC. I became active on RTTY in Jan. 2008 and find it is a great mode. My favorite band is 6 meters. I just wish I had discovered 6 many years before 2005. Currently have 107/106 DXCC and 751/712 grids, includes WAC and 50 states. Of 488 FFMA grids I am currently at 456/456. I am also active on 6 and 2 meters using WSJT. On 2 meters currently have 119/113 grids confirmed 30 states and 2 DXCC. These have been mainly on 2 meters WSJT. I enjoy exchanging qsl cards via bureau or direct. I also use eqsl.cc and lotw. A QSO may last only a few moments.. But a QSL is prized FOREVER.................. Other interests are genealogy and stamp collecting. My wife and I have 4 biological children and an adopted multi handicapped daughter that is 22 now. Her name is Joy. She is perfectly named. she cant talk or walk but is a total character and joy. We also have 10 grandkids. So plenty to keep us busy. See you in the pileups. Best Wishes Ira K4YMQ                                            SWL reports are always welcome and will be answered 100%.

It is with a sad and aching heart that I must report that our youngest daughter Joy Elizabeth Franklin passed over to be with the heavenly father on 23/March/2014.  My wife and I were up at 3 am giving her a breathing treatment. She was acting like her old self laughing , smiling,  mocking noises that my wife made. We put her to bed about 3:30. When I went to check on her at 6am she was gone. It is alway difficult to lose a child. We really miss her as she went everywhere we went. If she wasn't going we didnt go either..

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