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About RTTY: I've been operating a fair amount of RTTY, my favorite mode. Sometimes when QRV on an island I generate a bit of a pile-up. It's my preference NOT to operate split on the WARC bands because they are relatively narrow and I think it is inconsiderate. You can help me maximize my "rate" -- and have a successful "Q" with you (if you want it): (1) Do not call me using my callsign - I know who I am and you are calling on my frequency. Repeating my callsign over and over wastes time. (2) Never give your call more than three -- maybe four -- times. Never. This morning, 1 January, several callers from EU often repeated their call as many as EIGHT times. (These guys will never be answered as I consider them to be "bully LIDS" -- credit for that excellent term goes to K6VVA.) (3) Begin and end your call with a space. (4) While I usually do not operate split, you MAY call me off frequency to separaete yourself from the mob. My TX and RX VFOs are not locked together. If you have a good signal and are nearby [say, within .2 or .3 KHz or so] I will find you. (5) Please do not give me your grid locator, power, antenna, dog's name, etc. I am not logging this stuff. While I often find it interesting, long exhanges have the direct effect of depriving another amateur of a QSO -- that is a fact. (Hint: You probably need two sets of macros -- one for rag chewin' and one for DX.)

So -- please help me out. I love RTTY, but if I get frustrated with unruly and rude behavior I will simply go have a beer and visit with my very nice XYL for a while. :<)

Now QRV on NA-058: If you worked me as K8GI/4 between the end of December and mid-January, 2014, I am QRV from Glynn County GA, St Simons or Lanier Island, IOTA NA-058, EM91.

QSL information: I upload ALL contacts to LOTW. I respond 100% to all cards received direct or via buro (unless the other party uses one of the [thankfully -- very few] QSL managers who refuses to respond to buro cards, asks excessive sums for direct confirmations or has profit-maximizing rules such as "only 1 card per envelope." I am good in the ARRL and OMISS buros. I gave up on EQSL. I do not plan to use the qrz.com logbook -- please do not make any entries there. If you want to informally verify/confirm a contact please just send me an e-mail -- I'll respond promptly! Finally, a note about postage: In January, 2012, postage to non-NA countries was increased and now exceeds$1 -- it will go up again January 2014. I will appreciate compensation for return postage costs (if you want your card back via direct), however postage for QSLs for 6m and above (including satellite) is never needed. (Properly validated IRCs are welcome.)

Contact: Feel free to contact me via e-mail and e-mail for Skype address if needed. I'll do all I can to accommodate requests for skeds. NOTE: My e-mail address @ ARRL.NET has been compromised and therefore has been deactivated. Rather, please use the address shown here.

IOTA activations: NA-058, NA-076, NA-085, NA-138, NA-140, and NA-142.

Offer to DX stations: If you are sending me your card, and have others destined for the USA and want to send them to the recipient(s) direct, you may send those cards with the one for me and I will remail them for you from the USA, thus likely saving significantly on postage. I do this as a service, not as a money-making enterprise, so kindly include only enough GS for postage WITHIN the USA. Kindly e-mail me if question(s) -- I'll be glad to tell you how much $$ to enclose.



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