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 an Elecraft K1. I use a K8RA iambic paddle. My home QTH antenna is a top loaded vertical - 30' vertical with off center fed 120' horizontal top loading wire and 12 elevated radials - and an LDG Z11ProII auto tuner at the base of the vertical element; I call it a modified Windom. QRP "is" and my evidence: DXCC QRP (173 confirmed) and WAC QRP with my QRP rigs and vertical antennas; all of that in the past 5 years! Also have WAZ confirmed over the years but not via QRP.
My DXCC total, over the years - while employing vertical or top loaded vertical antennas only and always operating at < 100 watts - is 284; I just added VK9MT, Mellish Reef, on 15 mters (all CW,of course!).
I especially enjoy operating on 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters. I completed QRP WAS on 160 meters on 22 February, 2012 and QRP WAS on 80 meters on 22 April, 2012! Working on QRP WAS for 40, 30, 20 and 15.
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! 72, Jim Rodenkirch, K9JWV
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