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BASIC HAM RADIO PRIMER REMINDER - When a station is calling "CQDX" (or on JT65A "CQ (callsign) DX" or "CQ (callsign) DXDX") it means he is calling for stations outside his country (not just outside his town, his grid square, his county, his State, but outside his DXCC country). Probably 20% of the responders to my CQDX calls are USA hams.

Most real hams know what CQDX means and abide by it. There are many newbies (including too many "Extra Light" class hams) who either do not know this or probably choose to ignore it. I guess it is just a symptom of today's "ME" generation's cultural decline. IF YOU HEAR OR SEE "CQDX DE K6EID" OR "CQ K6EID DX" or "CQ K6EID DXDX" (for empasis) on JT65A AND YOU ARE IN THE USA, PLEASE SPARE ME THE AGGREVATION OF REMINDING YOU THAT U ARE NOT DX! I will never answer any Stateside caller replying to my CQDX calls so don't waste your time trying. I suggest you go watch kiddie cartoons on TV to challenge your mental ability and occupy your time and not waste my time. When I am calling CQ without the DX modifier, I gladly answer any caller.

To those who follow tradition and abide by standard practice, I say "TNX OM/YL."

If you need my county or State, drop me an e-mail and I will gladly meet for a sked. Thank you for your consideration.


First licensed as KN6EID in October 1957 while residing in Burbank, California. Upgraded to Extra in May 1984 (at Long Beach FCC Field Office before VECs started).

Currently operate primarily on CW and digital and some SSB on 160 through 6 meters.

I am very active on the magic band 6 meters particularly during Sporadic E season and during F2 openings.

Now QRV on PSK31 and JT65A on most bands (particularly 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters)!

I have a web page that has lots more info at: http://www.k6eid.com

I am currently using a Yaesu FTDX-5000D transceiver and an SPE 1K-FA amplifier. My antennas are inverted vees for 160 and 80, a 2 element yagi for 40,an old KLM KT-34XA triband yagi for 20 through 10 meters, and an M2 6M7 yagi for 6 meters. I operate the WARC bands and 60 meters using the other antennas with a tuner.


I operate a special event callsign K4A during Antarctic Activity Week (first one was 19 through 25 February 2007). I will be operating again in AAW in February 2014. The Worldwide Antarctic Program (sponsor of Antarctic awards) assigned me the special WAP-73 which is eligible for WAP awards during this operation. A special QSL is available for those making a QSO with K4A during those AAW periods. US stations please QSL with SASE. Non-USA stations can QSL direct to my home address with SASE , IRC, or green stamp for direct return or via the bureau is all OK too. Thanks for working me during AAW. Normally I automatically QSL all DX contacts via the bureau for my K6EID operations. As K4A I worked more stations than I had QSLs printed so there will be no automatic bureau submittals for K4A (sorry guys who get my card but never send me theirs!). I will respond to any and all non-USA bureau cards received. We had the pleasure of visiting Antarctica a few years back and the QSLs have photos that we took there.

Any other K4A QSOs are not with me, so please no QSLs except for AAW which is always in late February of each year.

I served on the USS Picking (DD-685) from 1958 to 1961.Made two WestPac cruises where I got the wanderlust I have today as I drag the XYL around the world to exotic spots. I setup and maintain the ship's website at: http://www.uss-picking.org. I also have a website that has photos from our overseas ventures from my Navy days to the present at http://www.finkle.org. If you can't sleep some night, you can always go there and I am sure that will put you to sleep (if not, view it with a couple of beers)!

One of my special QSL cards has the Picking (and watashi as a 19 year old whitehat):

I ONLY QSL WITH TRADITIONAL PAPER QSL CARDS. I DO NOT USE eQSL, OR ANY OTHER SUCH QUASI-QSL SCHEME. I QSL all DX contacts with K6EID via bureau. If you send a direct QSL, you get my QSL back direct 100%. I also upload my logs to LOTW but I still like the good old paper QSL cards.

I am QSL manager for YI/EK6DO, 5H3AA (ONLY OPERATION FROM 29 Oct. 2003 THROUGH 18 MARCH 2007) and 5X1AB (ONLY FROM 10 AUGUST 2007 THROUGH 19 AUGUST 2009), Arik Alojants (EK6DO); and for HH2/EK6KB Ken Barsamian (EK6KB). Direct QSLs with return postage are preferred and answered immediately. Bureau QSLs are OK for all non-US stations but only go out a couple of times a year. US stations - if the DX QSL is not worth the first class postage both ways, please don't waste your card and my postage by sending them via the bureau! I do NOT QSL to US stations via the bureau!

I AM NOT QSL MANAGER FOR 5H3RK. I am receiving many bureau cards for Ralph 5H3RK and I used to return them as I am not his manager. I am no longer returning the cards because of the sheer number. Please check his listing for the correct QSL information.


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