GENERAL QSL INSTRUCTIONS:
I am OK via the Buro or Direct with S.A.S.E and proper return postage. I DO NOT participate in LOTW nor do I respond to QRZ.com LOGBOOK requests or eQSL requests. Sorry, but life is far more simple this way.
QSL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL LIGHTHOUSE AND ISLAND CONTACTS:
NO eQSL !
NO LOTW or QRZ.com LOGBOOK !
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Please QSL ONLY via the address above with a Self Addressed STAMPED Envelope (S.A.S.E.). DX stations, an S.A.E with ONE greenstamp is fine or via the Buro.
FUTURE LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVATIONS
Watch this space for future lighthouse activation notices.
RECENT LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVATIONS
April 18, 2014: Activated three (3) lights near Baltimore, MD. for ARLHS Spring Lights, as follows:
USA-0083 Hawkins Point Range Front Light
USA-1103 Brewerton Channel Range Front Light
USA-0290 Fort Carroll Lighthouse
April 21, 2014: Activated three (3) more lights near Baltimore, MD for ARLHS Spring Lights, as follows:
ARLHS USA-0200 Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light
ARLHS USA-0201 Craighill Channel Upper Range Rear Light
ARLHS USA-1290 Western North Point Lighthouse
My adventures in radio began in the late 1950's when I spent countless evenings shortwave listening in front of a Hallicrafters S-38E receiver (which I still have), later up-grading to the SX-110. Following high school graduation in 1962, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served ten years as a radioman (ZUT #1044) in such places as South Florida (NMA27, NOM), Washington, D.C. (NMH) and Honolulu, Hawaii (NRPY, NMO). I resumed SWLing for a time, but missed working CW so much I finally got my Novice ticket in the fall of 1989. My very first contact (on CW of course) was a DX station and I've been hunting DX ever since. Following my up-grade to General, I have added both island and lighthouse hunting as my primary interests.
My current equipment is rather modest; an Icom 756 PRO III running barefoot to a tower-mounted Cushcraft MA5B Mini-beam about 30-feet above ground. Formerly a victim of antenna restrictions, I have managed to do rather well over the years, having confirmed over 285 DXCC countries, 625 IOTA islands and 600 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with over 1,185 confirmed thus far.
I've done some island activating here along the East Coast for both IOTA and US-I over the years, but recently my focus has centered on activating lighthouses for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS Member # 278). On these outings, I operate portable using my venerable Kenwood TS-50S/AT with a Hustler mobile antenna system mounted on an Alpha-Delta Outpost tripod. This arrangement has worked out really well over the years, allowing me to make contacts with such far away places as Australia, South Africa and parts of Asia. To date, I have activated over 35 islands and 66 lighthouses ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia. At the 2009 ARLHS Convention, I was the proud recepient of the first ARLHS Activator of the Year Award.
A Rhode Island native, I now reside in Maryland, just west of Annapolis. In early 2006 I retired from Honeywell, the last of several contractors I worked for during my thirty-one years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. My last position was as a Flight Operations Director for two earth-orbiting satellites: the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer/Earth Probe Satellite(TOMS/EP). The UARS spacecraft, placed in earth orbit from Space Shuttle Discovery in 1989, was turned off in mid December, 2005 after fourteen years of collecting critical scientific data pertaining to the Earth's atmosphere. The defunct and damaged spacecraft returned to Earth in a fireball over the Pacific Ocean in late September, 2011.
Thanks for reading and I hope we meet soon on the air.
73, Jim UNQ
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