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 (also an "in country on river boats" Vietnam Vet (1967) with Agent Orange related problems) BUT I re-took the exams about 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy being back in to Ham Radio.
Currently, enjoying QRP/QRPp CW contesting and general operating. My rig is either an Elecraft K1 or K2/10 with a K8RA paddle or a Schurr conventional straight key. My home QTH antenna is a home brew vertical system - 36' vertical with a 36' top loading wire I can "attach" for 160 and 80 meters, loading coils for 160 and 80 meters I can "insert" with a wireless relay, 12 elevated radials and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base. When operating /P I utilize my K1 and a 9' whip with a base loading coil and radials.
I've given up on employing a 100 watt xmtr for working DX in order to improve my DXCC "numbers"; the boorish behavior of many ops makes it impossible to enjoy that part of our hobby; e.g.., intentional QRM or, the most common, calling over the top of others when the DX station specifically sent, e.g.., "W2X?" and multiple dolts from every call district with not even a W in their call sign start sending their call.
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 at QRP/QRPp on the lower bands, e.g.., 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. I completed QRP WAS on 160 meters in February, 2012 and QRP WAS on 80 meters in April, 2012. My QRP DXCC is 160 and I have 5 band QRP WAC on 40/20/17/15/12. My QRP DXCC for QRP + QRO is 287; I have completed WAZ but not at QRP levels. I am working towards completing QRP WAS on 40, 30 and 20 and continue to enjoy contesting as a QRPor QRPp entry.
My affiliations include: CW OPS 202; NAQCC 1974; QRP ARCI 12912; SKCC 3314T and ARS 2346.
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 where QRP entries are encouraged and scored! 72, Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV
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