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 that way.
QSL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL LIGHTHOUSE AND ISLAND CONTACTS:
NO eQSL !
NO LOTW or QRZ.com LOGBOOK !
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
PENDING: Hoping for better weather conditions as the new year unfolds. Sadly, my physical condition must improve as well. Late March and early April is the target, so stay tuned.
My adventures in radio began in the late 1950's when I spent countless evenings 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 U.S. Coast Guard and served ten years as a radioman in such places as South Florida, Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii. 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 two major interests.
My equipment is rather modest; an Icom 756 PRO III running barefoot to a tower-mounted Cushcraft MA5B Mini-beam about 35-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, 600 IOTA islands and 600 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with over 1,150 confirmed thus far.
I've done some island activating here along the East Coast for both IOTA and US-I, but my focus recently has been activating lighthouses for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS). On these outings, I operate portable using a 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 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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