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 with Agent Oange problems; operated on river boats in 1967). 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 rigs, in order of operating time, are a W8DIZ-designed 160 meter or 20 meter 1 Watt xcvr(s) and a KX3; my keys are a K8RA paddle or Schurr conventional straight key. My home QTH antenna is a home brew inverted "U" system - 30' vertical, 51' horizontal wire to another 30' vertical, 16 elevated radials (soon to expand to 30) and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base. When operating /P I will utilize my 20 meter W8DIZ 1 Watter, a 9' whip with a base loading coil and radials or End Fed Half Wave vertical wire supported by a 28' mast.
I just acquired a 630 meter experimental license - WI2XJG - and in the process of winding the loading coil, lengthening the top loading for my 30' vertical and awaiting the delivery of a receive up converter (I have the down converter in hand). I should be on 630 meters, CW, JT9 and WSPR, by the end of August.
I am engaged, currently, in "personal bests" that reflect the use of an efficient wire antenna and a rudimentary understanding of propagation patterns. I enjoy the challenges associated with operating CW and QRPp power levels on the lower bands especially, e.g.., 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. For instance, I have 24 DXCC with QRP power on 160 meters (added T32CO on 3/13/2016).
For CW QRPp operation(s):
- Employing a W8DIZ 20 meter 1 Watter, I have 32 states with QRPp power - CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK,OR, PA, SD, TX, VA, WA AND WI.
- As resources free up I will purchase other W8DIZ 1 Watter kits and expand my QRPp operations.
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, 7th Area QSO Party, CQ 160, ARRL 160, NAQCC monthly sprints, etc., where QRP/QRPp entries are encouraged and scored! 71.5/72 de Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV
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