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 a Vietnam Vet with some Agent Orange problems) BUT I re-took the exams about 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoy being back into Ham Radio.
Currently, enjoying QRP CW contesting and QRPp CW operation. 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, 12 elevated radials and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base of the vertical element. When operating /p I utilize my K1 and a 9' whip with a base loading coil and radials.
I've given up on having 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 BUT W2 start sending their call.
I am now engaged in "personal bests" that reflect the use of an efficient wire antenna, an understanding of propagation patterns and the willingness to invest a little operating time. I especially enjoy operating on the lower bands, e.g.., 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. I completed QRP WAS on 160 meters on 22 February, 2012, QRP WAS on 80 meters on 22 April, 2012, QRP DXCC (124), Total DXCC (284) and 5 band QRP WAC on 40/20/17/15/12. I am working towards completing QRP WAS for 40, 30 and 20. I continue to enjoy contesting as a QRP entry.
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.
Hope to work you "on the air" for a rag chew QSO or in one of the contests where QRP entries are allowed and scored! 72, Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV
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