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.
For CW QRPp operation(s):
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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