I received my novice license in Feb, 1956 and have been on the air ever since. I received my Extra Class License in 2001 after putting it off for too many years. I really wanted the bottom 25 for DX. I have always enjoyed CW, but have also worked AM and SSB. When I retired in 2000, I became deeply interested in DX and DXCC. I started over with the contacts due to loss of previous cards and logs. To date, I have worked 335countries and have confirmed 328 current countries/entities. I recently worked ZS8Z and am waiting for the card. The rig I currently use is an Elecraft K3 and the antenna is a Mosely TA-53M at about 55 feet . I added the 6 MTR elements several years ago. I have an inverted V for 80 & 40. In March 2010 I added a DX Engineering 43' Vertical to the antenna group. I am looking forward to continuing my quest for DXCC QRP, using the K3 and my KX3. (I now have the KX3 and it was worth the wait) and have also added a Buddipole Versa Tee Vertical for portable use. I hope to replace the rig picture very soon to update to the present state of my station.
15 Dec, 2011
Well, the dxpedition is over and the first thing I want to do is say a great big thank you to all the great operators who we had an opportunity to work from J6 land. You are to be congratulated on your courtesy and patience, allowing us to pick up the weak ones from time to time and also the friends from our home clubs when they required just a little additonal attention. HI As a first timer on a dxpedition, I can come away with a very positive attitude as the operators were, as a whole, extremely polite and patient. The conditions on the bands were especially appreciated when all one has to do is think about conditions a couple of years back when there were no sun spots and no propagation on he higher bands.
Again, thank you all for the wonderful cooperation on the bands and in the pileups.
The QSL cards have all been answered to date. Any late card requests will be answered as they are received.
I am a supporter of the. DX CODE OF CONDUCT
I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's callsign before calling.
I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send by full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.
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