Licensed since 1956, first off as a Novice and then Conditional; that sure seems like a long time ago! I let my license expire some years after that BUT I re-took the exams about 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy being back into Ham Radio.
Currently into QRP contesting and operate CW about 99% of the time; the other 1% is SSB but only in an emergency; e.g, I was worried I wouldn't work NH8S, for #268, so I observed, on DX Summit, that they were on 3795, working up so I went to 3801, sat there and called them 4 times - finally,they answered me - but, for all of that, I did work them on CW the following day!
I sold theTen Tec Argonaut VI (Model # 539) so my main rig of choice is in flux, currently. Going to borrow an Elecraft K2 to "try out." I do have a Steve Weber 160 meter single bander that I use during contests where I operate on 160. I have an HF Packer Amp that outputs around 35 watts I can "switch in," when needed, e.g., while chasing DX. My home QTH antenna is a 43 foot Vertical, three 25' top loading wires dropping down at around 40 degree angles, 70 elevated radials - thirty five 50 foot wires running east and west and thirty five 25 foot wires running north and south - a 160 meter loading coil that has the antenna resonant at 1830 kHz when switched in via a relay controlled from the shack and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base; that antenna system is working FB!
My backup or /p rigs are an SWL 30+ and a 20 meter Rockmite. Both rigs will use a marconi vertical with an original LDG QRP auto tuner OR an fed half wave antennas and a KI6J EFHW tuner; go here for more info on that KI6J tuner - www.betterqrp.com
QRP "is" and my evidence: DXCC QRP (160 confirmed), WAC QRP and WAS QRP on 160 and 80 meters with my QRP rigs and vertical antennas; all of that in the past 4 years!
My DXCC total, over the years - while employing vertical antennas only and always operating at < 100 watts - is 280. I just added XT26DJ on 17 meters.
I especially enjoy operating on the lower bands, 40 through 160; I completed QRP WAS on 160 meters on 22 February, 2012 and QRP WAS on 80 meters on 22 April, 2012! I am working on WAS QRPp (1 watt or less) on 80 meters for the next couple of spring/fall seasons (have 15 so far!).
My affiliations include: CW OPS 202; ARS 2346; NAQCC 1974; QRP ARCI 12912; SKCC 3314
Note: I utilize the ARRL QSL bureau for DX cards. Other QSLs can be sent direct or via LoTW.
That picture, in the upper right hand corner, was taken one morning here in s/w Utah - you can see the 43' vertical, the three sloping top hat wires (emphasized)and the set of four guy cables.
Hope to work you "on the air" for a rag chew QSO or in one of the contests! 72, Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV
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