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QSL: K8BL (W/SASE ONLY)

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(For the 2014 ARRL Centennial QSO Party, I'm worth 5 Points as VUCC Award Mgr or Card Checker or Volunteer Examiner.)

Previous Calls: KN8CVJ, K8CVJ, AD8CVJ, WA2RGW. Applied for & received K8BL in 1977 (NOT a Vanity Callsign).

DX calls: VP2EOH, ZL0AAE, VK4BTL + K8BL/ over 30 different DXCC Entities on all Continents (except Antarctica).

At the Dayton HamVention, you can find me in Fleamarket Space 1540 with K8FH, W8JH, N8BOO and KD8GGM.

First licensed in 1961 as a Junior in High School, 2014 is my 53th year in Ham Radio!!

The picture above was published in the May 2012 issue of QST, Page 84. They were doing an article on the results of the ARRL November CW Sweepstakes and requested pictures of Hams that scored well. My XYL Marcia snapped the photo and we were surprised and happy to see they decided to print it in the magazine.

Operation is about 80% CW, 10% SSB, 5% RTTY and 5% Misc. and on-air time is about 1/2 Contesting and 1/2 DX'ing.

CW Operator's Motto - "You can take my CW Key when you pry my cold dead fingers off the Paddles!"

ARRL Member 45+ years. AMSAT #6593 (since 1979). Member of Northern Ohio DX Assn. and Lake County Amateur Radio Assn. TEN/TEN #4995 (since 1972). ARRL Volunteer Examiner. ARRL VUCC Awards Manager. Member of North Coast Contesters and Contest Operator at K8AZ Super Station. License Trustee for Club Call N8BC and 3 Club Repeaters N8BC/r.

DXCC Honor Roll Mixed/CW/Phone, DXCC-Digital, 9BDXCC, 5BWAS+160M, 5BWAZ, ARRL Triple Play, 6M & Sat. VUCC, Diamond DXCC.

I retired after 44 1/2 years from AT&T as Senior Technical Manager (Tech Support - Data Communications). During those years I worked for Ohio Bell Tel. Co., Western Electric Co., Bell Laboratories, Ameritech, SBC and AT&T, but all my service was bridged throughout the entire period.

In the mobile, I run an ICOM IC-706MKIIG with an automatic antenna tuner and 8 foot whip with 8 foot "stinger" on HF/6 and a base-loaded dualband whip for 2M/440. The HF antenna can be seen laying on the ground in the picture below - HI-HI.

At home I have an ICOM IC-7700 and IC-2KL with AT-500. Backup rig is an IC-775 which is too nice to EVER part with. Antennas are a 4 EL TET Tribander for 20/15/10 at 55 feet, a homebrew 17/12 VEE at 45 feet, Double-Bazooka Inverted Vees each for 80, 40 & 30,an Inverted L Bazooka for 160 (25mV/15mH) and a 3 EL 6M at 40 feet. Also, there is an IC-820H for 2m/440 with a 5 EL at 40 feet. I occasionally take the IC-820H out for Satellite QSO's and Grid Expeditions as shown below. I recently installed a Pixel Technologies RF PRO-1B Active Loop Antenna that really improved my reception on 160/80M. I've just purchased an Ameritron ALS-600 and it will be installed soon. 

I enjoy exchanging QSL Cards. But, with the cost of mailing these days, you MUST enclose return postage IF you would like to receive mine. Buro is OK, but I prefer LoTW above all for QSOs from my home QTH.

NOTE: On-Line QSL'ing (LoTW & E-QSL) is ONLY for Home-QTH QSO's. ALL PORTABLE operations such as Satellite Grid Expeditions and DX-Peditions will be done via physical QSL's w/SASE ONLY. It's too much of a hassle for me to set up the On-Line sites for numerous portable Calls and for Registrations and Certificates, etc. Can you imagine what it would take to set up location entries in LOTW & eQSL for over 50 Grid Expeditions? I'll be quite happy to QSL any/all confirmed PORTABLE QSO's via mail or Buro.

This picture is from one of my Satellite Grid Expeditions. It's on 9/16/2011 in VE1 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, in FN75 during an AO-51 pass.

The picture was taken by one of four High School boys who were watching me from a distance and trying to figure out what I was doing. They finally got the nerve to come over and talk to me. They thought I was tracking some kind of animal!! HI-HI  I gave them an overview of Ham Radio and Satellites and they were quite impressed.

My Home Grid is EN-91. From September 2011 through March 2014, I've done Satellite Grid Expeditions in:

EL - 39, 59, 86, 87

EM - 20, 21, 30, 31, 44, 50, 51, 54, 70

EN - 46, 47, 48, 49, 56, 57, 58, 59, 65, 66, 68, 69, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 84, 85, 86, 87, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97

FN - 04, 05, 55, 64, 75, 85

On these Grid Expeditions, I use an ICOM IC-820H and an Arrow Antenna on a camera tripod with a homebrew AZ/EL/V/H mount which has been an added improvement since the above picture was taken.

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As of May 2014, my DXCC Credits (out of 340 Current) are as follows:

        CURRENT/TOTAL

MIXED =  339/350   (Need P5 !!)

PHONE = 337/347   (Need BS7, P5, FK/C)

CW =       337/346   (Need FR/G, P5, ZS8)

RTTY =    266/269   (Always looking for more!)

CHALLENGE = 2436/2490  

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The picture below is of my two Grandaughters (Lauren & Meghan) playing in my shack as if they are talking around the world on my radios!!

The picture below is from my 2011 trip to VE9/VE1/VY2 and VT/NH/ME where I saw the World's Highest Tides at the Bay of Fundy (50 ft.) and drove to the top of Mt. Washington (scary, windy, snowy). These locations were items from my "Bucket List". Look these places up on Wikipedia and you'll see how awesome & interesting they are.

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