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Licensed since 1958, first off as a Novice and then Conditional; that sure seems like a long time ago! I let my license expire some years back during a 21 year stint in the U.S. Navy (I am an "in country" Vietnam Vet on river boats (1967) with Agent Orange related problems). I re-took the exams about 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy being back in to Ham Radio.

I will activate NPOTA TR19 (Old Spanish Historic Trail) on and off during 2016 and hope to provide a new NPOTA for this 2016 event.

Currently, enjoying QRP/QRPp CW contesting and general operating. My rig is an Elecraft KX3 or a W8DIZ-designed 160 meter 1 Watt xcvr; my keys are a K8RA paddle or Schurr conventional straight key. My home QTH antenna is a home brew inverted "EL" system - 30' vertical, 35' horizontal wire to the west and 100' horizontal wire to the east, 16 elevated radials and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base (this current antenna system setup is for the low bands over this coming 2015 fall/winter season). When operating /P I will utilize a 9' whip with a base loading coil and radials or End Fed Half Wave vertical(s) supported by a 28' mast.

I am now engaged in "personal bests" that reflect the use of an efficient wire antenna and a rudimentary understanding of propagation patterns. I especially enjoy the challenges associated with operating CW at QRP or QRPp power levels on the lower bands, e.g.., 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. With only vertical antennas and QRP power:

- I completed QRP WAS on 160 meters in Feb., 2012, 80 meters in Apr., 2012 and 40 meters in Nov., 2015.
My CW QRP DXCC = 164 (just added VP8SGI 02/02/2016 on 20 meters)
- My DXCC total for QRP + QRO is 289
I have 6 band CW QRP WAC on 40/30/20/17/15/12
I have completed CW WAZ but not at QRP levels. 
- I am working towards completing CW QRP WAS on 30, 20 (only need NV) and 15 meters and continue to enjoy
  contesting as a QRP or QRPp entry.

For CW QRPp operation(s):

- I
started using my W8DIZ 160 meter 1 watt transceiver the evening of 5 November, 2015. I have three DXCC 
  so far - the U.S., VE(7), XE - and eleven states 
- AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY --------- it is
  a hoot to work anyone on 160 with 1 watt!!!! 

With 1 watt or less out of a previous K2 and, now, my KX3:

  •     Sixteen states on 80 meters: AR, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MN, MO, MT, ND, NM, NV, OK, TX, WA and UT. 
  •     Twenty states on 40 meters: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA. HI, IA, ID, IL, MO, NV, NY, OH, OR, 
         RI, TN, WA and WI.

My affiliations include: CW OPS 202; NAQCC 1974; SKCC 3314T; the G-QRP.

Note: I utilize the ARRL QSL bureau for DX cards. Other QSLs can be sent direct or via LoTW.

Hope to work you "on the air" for a rag chew QSO or in one of the contests, e.g., Stew Perry, OC DX Contest, 7th Area QSO Party, CQ 160, ARRL 160, NAQCC monthly sprints, etc., where QRP or QRPp entries are encouraged and scored! 72, Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K9JWV
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dedateband mode grid Country op
NW9M 2012-10-21 20m SSB EM49qf United States MARK B WHITE
N6NZE 2012-10-20 40m CW CN70ws United States JOZEF R VAN WYCK
W0BAV 2012-10-19 15m CW EN36wt United States Keith O Bower
JE2RMH 2012-10-17 15m CW PM85fi Japan Tatsuya Fujita
NK8O 2012-10-16 15m CW EM28pp United States CHARLES W POWELL
K6CSL 2012-10-10 40m CW CM97mr United States Bert H Cook
KC0W 2012-10-10 160m CW DN86px United States THOMAS M CALLAS
FO4BM 2012-09-27 10M SSB BH52cm French Polynesia Philippe GLOAGUEN
WB7CAG 2012-09-18 40m CW DM33vn United States GARY W FROEMMING
WH6LE 2012-09-13 20m CW EM94ox United States PETER F LARSON
AA3B 2012-09-02 40m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
AA3B 2012-09-01 15m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
AA3B 2012-09-01 10m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
AA3B 2012-09-01 20m CW FN20ei United States JOSEPH W TRENCH
NK8O 2012-08-20 20m CW EM28pp United States Charles W Powell

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