First licensed as KB3ZOZ on 12/12/2012 - upgraded to Extra on 11/12/2013 as AB3TM. I enjoy my attempts to work DX with a modest station and homebrew antennas.
Located in Maryland, approximately 25km from Baltimore, 20km from Annapolis, and 30km from Washington, DC.
My primary station for HF is an ICOM IC-718 with an LDG autotuner. On 6m, 2m, and 70cm I have an IC-7000. I occassionally use the IC-7000 for HF contesting. It's been a frequent visitor to the ICOM service center, so I just don't trust it for heavy use. Since ICOM has now discontinued the model, I believe they are admiting there was a fatal flaw in the design of the finals. Google "IC-7000 smoke" and you will see what I mean.
Standard antenna setup is a homebrew 40m dipole (40m & 15m) and a G5RV Jr. (30m - 6m), both in inverted V configurations at about 35 feet. My back yard is about 25 x 45 feet, so my antenna options are limited. Fortunately, I do have an oak tree willing to provide support.
On either corner of my home I have 8' masts, one supporting a 3 el 10m beam, and the other supporting a 3 el 6m beam and dual band 5 el/5el 2m/70cm beam. The 10m and 2m/70cm beams are at about 30' and the 6m beam is at about 28'. Both masts are driven by Radio Shack TV antenna rotors, so my aim isn't always the best! The 6m-70cm mast will probably come down after the September VHF contest, and the 10m after the winter 10m contest.
I am experimenting with a homebrew 80m G7FEK. I've become a big fan of this design for working the low bands with limited space. I've made a loading coil to get me on 160m, which now seems to no longer want to work for me. Oh well, I was at least able to get 39 states on it before it died.
DXCC - Mixed, Phone, Digital, (need a few more confirmations for CW), 20m, 10m.
WAS - Mixed, Phone, Digital, CW, JT65, LoTW Triple Play, 2013 SSB Sweepstakes Clean Sweep, 20m. (Need AK confirmed for 40m & 80m)
LoTW: Preferred QSL method. I am also on eQSL (AG).
QSL: Direct or through Bureau.
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