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Please understand that I get a TON of QSL requests due to operating from a National Park as well as IOTA Island DX-Peditions, so please send an SASE with your card.  I CANNOT honor Stateside QSL requests that DO NOT include an SASE. Thanks in advance!


IOTA Island Activations will include Dog Island, FL NOW--- look to reflectors, magazines, and your local/regional club news  and spotting webites for dates, modes, and frequencies.   I will be changing bands/modes FREQUENTLY depeending on atmospherics, band conditons, and band rates.

I will be activating Dog Island (NA-085) in April. Dates NOW  through the 19th.

Dog Island in and of itself is highly rare as DXpeditions are exceedingly rare and the far more common in the group, St. George and St. Vincent have had active stations in recent years as well as locals, but Dog Island is a different story. Almost 60% of all IOTA hunters need NA-085 (the group) and Dog Island, with it's private boat/ferry only transport by for is the most rare.

Operation will be from 6 to 40m, SSB, CW, and RTTY, PSK 31, and JT65A as well, dependant on weight of equipment/provisions allowed by the shp's captain.

QSL to the K5TEN home address, SASE REQUIRED for stateside contacts no exceptions -- DX-$2 Greenstamps AND SAE.  NO EXCEPTIONS or received via the BUREAU will be sent via the BUREAU No eqsl or LoTW confirmations for this event, paper cards only.

Experienced contester will be on site. Operation "vacation style" but every effort will be made to make as many contacts on each band and mode(s) as needs exist.

Questions? email rockradio1---AT---aol.com.

As internet is non existant on the island, on-air contacts as well as traffic to mainland stations to put out details on reflectors, dx spotting websites, and liason to magazines and online ham sites will be utilized.


It is MANDATORY to enclose a SASE for any and all IOTA DX-pedition QSOs.



DX STATIONS: ALL DX CONTACTS WISHING A PAPER QSL FOR IOTA DX-PEDITIONS MUST ENCLOSE SAE AND $2 USA GREEN STAMPS. DX Stations wishing to get a paper QSL who send their card to me VIA THE QSL BUREAU (Buro/Burro) will recieve one via the bureau


April 12th 2014 NA-085 DOG ISLAND DXpedition UPDATE:


I am disabled and as transportation to and from is by private boat and there is a limit to what I can carry on my own. The issue isn't the rig so much as the weight of the power supply. I will be leaving the 40 lb power supply at home and will be looking for a lighter but still sturdy power supply for the 100w 6 meter rig.

Please add 6 meters to the DXpedition with SSB and CW the only two modes on VHF to the trip. Folks needing the contact should look to DX spotting websites for frequencies in "real time". Also added: DX stations MAY SEND QSLs via the BUREAU and need to understand all bureau cards received will be returned the same way. DX stations seeking paper cards SOONER will need to send $2 US and SAE -- that part does not change, direct to the K5TEN Home QTH. USA stations are required to send an SASE with their card. Stateside cards received without an SASE cannot be replied to.

As with any DXpedition that requires simple transportation by sea, everything is weight - weight- weight. I have to not only bring clothes, rigs, power supplies, keyers, but also a week's provisions of food, bottled water, and bleach for the desalinization for bathing and washing. Water is highly conserved on the island. There are no stores, no internet, not hotels, no eateries, nada. I may be able to use my smart phone as a very localized wifi hotspot for extremely short periods of time (there are decent cell towers on the mainland) to let some folks know operation times/bands/modes in "real time" -- as well as sync my laptop for JT65A contacts.

That VHF Grid square: EL 79 is also kinda-sorta rare, with most of it being maritime salt water. I will do my best to make as many contacts on as many bands in as many modes as humanly possible to help those needing it.

Thank you for understanding..



I will be asking that OTHER operators PLEASE spot my activity for IOTA: ) I refuse to spot myself on DX Spotting websites.

DX Summit,http://dxsummit.fi/is my spotting site of choice, but any spots of my DX-pedition to other sites is appreciated


IF IN DOUBT:  re-read the above details and info to confirm you contact with me .  


God Bless.







DX contacts may either QSL direct or via the QSL Bureau and your reply will be sent same. I prefer to NOT use eQSL. com for DX confirmations.

DX: I will be QSL'ing you via the QSL Bureau, STATESIDE QSL managers, or in extreme cases direct.


I can confirm the following:

10-10, 10-10 VP, Arkansas, Garland County, Hot Springs National Park, SKCC # 6898, and QCWC.


And YES I actually do live in a National Park. Hot Springs National Park is an annomoly where non-National Park Service people can live within the zip code. While most residents of Hot Springs are miles away from the park, I live on the South side of Music Mountain--about 1/2 mile from Sunset Trail which is at the summit of Music Mountain and is at about 1,500' ASL. QTH is about 850' ASL, Lake Hamilton--which can be seen from the QTH is at about 400' ASL. My QSLs are valid for many National Parks awards and certificates.


Yaesu FT-757 GX MK II, Swan 500, Swan 400, Kenwood Twins, Ranger 5054 100DX, Yaesu FT 225 RD, Icom V8000, Icom V8,.


Off Center Fed Dipole Array at 55', other antennas in the planning stage as well as 2m and 6m all mode .



Interviewing the late Col. Greg "Pappy" Boyington, WKRS 1982


Singer from the "Rio" Casino (Was on 1st season of "American Idol"




My Great Great Grandfather Calvin Curlee Bullard was in the Alabama 5th Cavalry, so was his brother George.

His cousin Henry, rode with Forrest in the Army of Tennessee, "Bledsoe's Light Artillery" and Brother George served in the AL 5th CAV with CC Bullard. It is most likely that ALL three fought at Brices Crossroads, Mississippi -- in different units assigned to Nathan Bedford Forrest. Their families would end up settling within 10 to 25 miles of that battlefield.

In only two of the four sides of my family no less than 15 direct ancestors served in the Civil War honorably.







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