(Photo above) - TH7-DXX pointed twards JA at sunset.
My name is "Jim". My Dad, WB9MST - (SK), was my first inspiration in this hobby. Studied code in my teens but never took the time for the test. After 40 some years of every-day life getting in the way, my neighbor down the road (K5BG) re-kindled my interest in this hobby. So, thats how I got here. Retired from an occupation of aircraft electronics and RF testing in 2007, only to work harder on our small ranch. In between caring for our Special Needs Granddaughter, mowing, building fences, etc.; I spend (relaxing) time building different types of antennas and working DX. I mainly work Long Haul DX, and only on HF and 160.
I have a modest station consisting of the following equipment: Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark V with Heil Pro+ headset (HC-4 & 5), Ameritron AL-82Q, ATR-30 Tuner, TH-7DXX (Super Thunderbird) Tri-bander at 50', 12/17/30 Meter D3W at 55', 12/17M beam @ 45', Dipoles for 80 & 40, Delta Loop for 30 Meters, 160 Meter inverted "L". I also use a "Hi-Z" Receive Antenna Array System for 30M through Top Band. All of my QSO's are from my own equipment at my home QTH in Weatherford, TX. No Remotes.
I DO NOT use RHR - it is for whiney losers and cheaters.
I prefer to use LoTW - it is free, and I upload regularly. Your QSL card is in LOTW. I will send paper QSL's if I receive paper until my current supply is gone. I QSL direct all cards received direct, foreign or domestic. I also upload all QSO's to EQSL.
My wife and I are raising our 17 year old special needs Granddaughter, so time spent on the airwaves is very limited. My family comes first, then the radio hobby and all the other things in life. I don't have time to be self-obsessesd with radio activities. Even though she is my number one priority in life, I have been able to manage the following progress during my first 7 years in the hobby:
I upload to LOTW and EQSL (EQSL for those entities that rely on EQSL for awards).
Both LOTW and EQSL are free QSL services - unless you just want to be a money grabber.
IMHO - If you use remote sites to work DX - you are cheating. It's nothing more than Twitter! It is NOT in the true Ham Spirit.
Suck it up and do it with your own equipment! - I do!
I don't always work DX, but when I do - it isn't RHR.
Operated with the W1AW Texas Team as: W1AW/5 Texas - What an honor - What a Blast!
Did I mention RHR SUCKS?
Thanks for looking - 73's, Jim
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