Please...I detest rubber stamp QSOs, except for rare DX or marginal band conditions! I am always looking for a ragchew and enjoy getting to know my QSO partners. If you want a '599 TU' type QSO, please keep tuning...
At present, I'm using mostly Ten-Tec gear, with its smooth QSK keying. Gear includes an ORION I and OMNI VII , an Ameritron AL-80A amp with QSK, and a homebrew 2 el 5 band HF Quad.
Former calls: WA5BQI ('62-76), DA2ER & Club call DL5AG ('70-73), DL/K5XK, OE/K5XK, and HB0/K5XK (Summer 2011).
I have been QRV 53 years. My XYL Debbie (N5WEX) and I live in a beautiful retirement area in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Northwest Arkansas is home to Walmart, the University of Arkansas, the world class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and has a combined population of about 500,000. Our QTH is in Benton County, grid square EM26uk.
We love living here in this recreational and aesthetic paradise. Here is a video about our QTH, Bella Vista: http://www.bellavistapoa.com/communications/video.asp . And tourism info for the NW AR metro area: http://www.northwestarkansas.org/ Come visit Arkansas!
I am an avid brass pounder, favoring Morse most of the time--but I am happy to work you on phone if needed. Radio interests are ragchewing, casually chasing DX, operating Field Day & occasional contesting. Former DXCC Honor Roll member. Member ARRL, FOC (#1641), A-1 Operators Club, and Rag Chewers Club. Locally, I participate in the Ozark Wireless Society and Bella Vista ham clubs. We have a large population of friendly hams involved in almost every aspect of amateur radio.
I strongly recommend the terrific book by Dave Bell, W6AQ, entitled "The World's Best Hobby." Read a free sample chapter here: http://www.worldsbesthobby.com/ Available in paperback or Kindle / e-reader version from Amazon, etc.
Truly, what a great hobby for life! Let's all get on the air...73 from NW Arkansas!
Ron, K 5 X K
UPDATED QSL INFO:
* I am no longer QSL Manager for 3B8BAE or 3B8FQ / 3B7FQ / 3B6FQ !
QSL 3B8BAE & 3B8FQ DIRECT Only via home call with $2 USD and SAE.
For 5Z4 / RW1AU QSLs: QSL Direct Only via K5XK with $2 and SAE.
For K5XK QSOs: Direct QSLs are preferred, but will respond slowly via the Bureau. Sorry, no LoTW, or e-QSL, etc. I will QSL the first band/mode contacts, only. Some stations QSL every QSO...but QSLing via the ARRL Bureau is expensive for us retired guys.
For my old DA2ER QSOs (1970-73): QSL direct or via Bureau. No LoTW, etc.
Photo below is from my 2011 DL visit with old friends DJ7PR & DK5SF to Lichtenstein and to the OE9XRV club station @ Bregenz. It was a 40 Year Reunion after my years as DA2ER from 1970-'73. At that time, I was also custodian of the DL5AG Army MARS club station in Goeppingen & Ansbach. What a great experience!
Our youngest grandson with a hand key. Carson, age 4 . . .
Oldest grandson, Eli, on the paddle a few years earlier . . .
With my Ten-Tec Orion Classic and Hercules II PA, circa 2014 . . .
... sorry about the reflection from my bald head !
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