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Field Day K5KUA/5 QRV from Galveston Island, Texas (NA-143)

For Direct QSL, please QSL to below address:

Joe Gibson

9220 Jamaica Beach

Galveston TX 77554  U.S.A.


U.S. addresses, please send SASE and please include your QSL card.

Non U.S.A. please send your QSL card with SAE (envelope with your address) plus minimum $1 USD ($2 is best) or 1 current IRC.


After a long time of taking the RV to Galveston Island, we have finally purchased a weekend home in Jamaica Beach, Texas on Galveston Island (NA-143). I will be QRV from here on most weekends and Holidays as K5KUA/5.


Our QTH on Galveston Island. Antenna is Mosley Mini 32 (pointing to JA)


Beach flowers blooming on the sand dunes.




Houston Ship Channel. Port of Houston, the second busiest port in the U.S.

Carnival Cruise Lines setting sail from Galveston Port headed to the Carribean Sea


Brown pelicans in GalvestonWest Bay



I welcome duplicate QSOs. If the pile up is large and you feel I did not copy you correctly, please wait a few minutes and contact me again.

Please check back often for future dates or click here to go to the IOTA Activations web page.


Files for K5KUA/5 are uploaded to ClubLog usually in 3-4 days after I return
home. All QSOs through June 26, 2016, 17:39Z are entered. If you do
not find your QSO in CLUB LOG, please send me an email and I will
check my logbook. Most of the time the QRN is very bad there.



My RV camper with the Gap Titan antenna (it really is not leaning) from NA-143

My RV camper and inverted mini G5RV up about 20 feet. It was a very windy day.

Dune restoration coming along nicely after Hurricane Ike.

Have not seen any of them yet, but they are supposedly coming back. Soon to release more little ones.

Kemp's Ridley turtles


Texas Gulf Coast shrimp, some of the best in the world!

Full moon rising over the island.



I have been on the air for 35+ years, all (99%) on CW in the HF bands. First licensed in 1979 as KA5HLZ. Then in 1989 as KB5HRK. I upgraded to General Class and changed my call to K5KUA. (My uncle George, who inspired me was W5KUA (sk) ). I upgraded to Extra Class on June 25, 2010.

My rig is an ICOM IC-718 and I normally run about 75 watts out to a G5RV up 45 feet (15m) between 2 trees. I just put a vertical loop up for 160 meters. Also, I have put up a GAP - TITAN vertical. It is working very well and am now using it more than the G5RV. I have modified it so I can take it down easily and take with me to Galveston Island.

I was off the air for about 8 years as the kids were growing up. I became active again in 2009 after the kids graduated from college. My XYL and I bought an RV and we travel all around Texas, so on many weekends I am QRV from all over the state. Galveston Island NA-143 is our favorite place.

While there, I will be working CW only on 40M thru 10M (mostly 20M, 30M and 40M) as conditions and time permits. I will gladly confirm NA-143 for you as long as you send me your QSL card with an SASE. Yes, I am old fashion and collect QSL cards.

I QSL 100% via LoTW and via bureau for all DX contacts. Bureau cards are usually every 4 to 5 months. If you prefer direct QSL, please send to above address.  For U.S. address, please send SASE and please include your QSL card.  Non U.S. please send your QSL card with a SAE (envelope with your address) plus $1 USD (minimum $1 green stamp, $2 is best)   or 2- € Euro,  1- £ GBP,  1- SFr, 50- RUB, 200-  ¥, or 1- IRC (current 2017 only).

If you are outside the U.S. and QSL direct and do not include the minimum $1 (green stamp) or 1 current IRC, I will now have to reply via Bureau. I can no longer reply direct to non U.S. without at least minimum $1 USD green stamp. Please keep in mind Postal rates to send out of the U.S. have now recently increased again to $1.20.

If you prefer to receive your QSL via the bureau, please send me an email and I will send you my card via the bureau. I usually try to send my QSLs via the buresu every 4-5 months.

I always enjoy receiving SWL cards too ---

73, Joe

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