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Field Day 2013 - on the beach in Bradley Beach, NJ

Above:His Majesty King of Spain Contest and ARRL Field Day 2013 on the beach in Bradley Beach, NJ (Monmouth County, FN20xe): Icom IC-703+, running 8 watts SSB into a Buddipole "L" configuration. QSOs from Venezuela to Spain, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia across North America from the Caribbean to California - thanks to all who heard me - what a blast!

Thanks for our QSO and for visiting my QRZ page! It is/was great to talk with you and I hope we will have the opportunity to do so again in the near future.

My current interests include chasing DX and contesting, primarily SSB phone and RTTY. I began operating RTTY in 2010 and really enjoy it. Most recently, I've been sampling newer modes such as JT65A and have had fun with them, too. On May 9, 2011, I finally upgraded to the Amateur Extra license class and love being able to operate in the full range of frequencies available to US amateurs. The practice tests on QRZ.com were instrumental in making this possible and I heartily recommend them to anyone who wishes to upgrade to Extra.

I QSL 100% in the Logbook of the World (LoTW) and upload QSLs immediately following every operating session. If you have not yet tried LoTW, it is worthy of your evaluation. I have found it works well and it is very enjoyable to see QSLs that can appear in a matter of only hours! You do not need to be a member of ARRL to enjoy the benefits of LoTW.

You can learn more about LoTW at this URL: http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world

I am also very happy to send QSL cards to those who enjoy that mode of confirmation, as I do too. I welcome cards from hams and SWLs as well and will respond to all. I will return QSL in the same mode in which I receive it. For example, if you QSL direct, you will receive my QSL direct, or if via Bureau, I will return QSL via Bureau (Bureau will take time, months probably, even a year or more in many cases, so please be patient if you use Bureau). You do not need to send a SASE, postage or an IRC. I am currently "Good in Bureau."

My current shack configuration is:

  • Elecraft K3/100 #4376, assembled from kit (great fun!); sub receiver added 1/13/13
  • Elecraft P3 Panadapter #488, also assembled from kit
  • Yaesu FT-840 transceiver -my first radio and a great one - thank you family of W2YMA (SK)
  • MFJ-998 IntelliTuner
  • MFJ ALS-600 amplifier
  • Two True Talk G5RV Jrs. (wire antennas) one oriented to favor west/east and one oriented to favor north/south, elevation above terrain only about 5 meters. QTH elevation is about 85 meters.

For Portable Ops:

  • Icom IC-703 Plus (10w PEP)
  • Buddipole Deluxe and AlexLoop Walkham magnetic loop antennnas (beach portable operations in Monmouth and Cape May counties of NJ, summers of 2011-2013)
  • Tenergy 12AH LiFEPO4 battery - provides enough power to operate all day at full SSB power for two days consecutively without charging

NOTE: If you work me portable, please log my callsign as given during the QSO, usually "KC2LST" when I am in 2-land. When I upload to LoTW, my profile for that operation will report the correct grid square and county information for my QTH at the time.

  • High Sierra HS-1800 tripod-mounted screwdriver antenna

I have been quite pleased with the capabilities of the WA2NAN True Talk G5RV Jr., having confirmed 193 current DXCC entities with them thus far.

The MFJ-998 automatic tuner lets me spend more time enjoying amateur radio and less time tuning. While not as accurate as a manual tuner, it somehow does match bands on my antenna that the antenna was not designed for and the manual tuner did not match well (17 meters, for example). Granted, the match isn't particularly efficient, but good enough to work plenty of stations.

The ALS-600 amp was added shortly after the MFJ-998 autotuner and so far it has been useful in contesting and pileups. Stations I have heard and been unable to reach in prior contests were workable with the amp in recent events, so this is quite a pleasant benefit.

Newest arrivals in the shack are the Elecraft K3/100, #4367, and its companion P3 Panadapter. Both these units were built from kits and each was a smooth and fun experience. I recommend the kit mode for anyone considering purchasing this superb transceiver and its panadapter sidekick.

The AlexLoop Walkham, mounted on a photographer's tripod about 5 feet above the sand, has yielded some amazing contacts across western Europe on 15M SSB in 2013. I use an A/B switch with an MFJ-259B antenna analyzer for fast QSYs both in-band and to other bands. Being a few feet from the Atlantic Ocean certainly helps!

73, thanks for the contact, and hope to see you again soon!

--Tyler

BURO QSL UPDATE: A big thank you to all hams and SWLs who have sent QSL cards! I appreciate receiving them! I have replied as follows:

  • Packages of QSL cards received via the Buro on 16 July, 18 September and 20 November: replied to all via Buro on 30 December 2013 (mostly cards from 2011, 2012 and a few from 2013).
  • Packages of QSL cards received via the Buro on 30 November 2012,17 January, 12 March and 21 May 2013 (mostly from 2011-2012): I replied to all via Buro on 8 June 2013.
  • Packages of QSL cards received via the Buro in March, May and August 2012 (from 2010-2012): I replied to all via Buro on 23 September 2012.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 2 December 2011 (mostly from 2010 - 2011): I replied to all via Buro on 30 December 2011.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 16 October 2011 (mostly from 2010 - 2011): I replied to all via Buro on 11 November 2011.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 15 July 2011 (mostly from 2010 - 2011): I replied to all via Buro on 28 August 2011.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 18 May 2011 (mostly from 2010 - 2009): I replied to all via Buro on 6 June 2011.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 24 November 2010 (some from 2010, many from 2008): I replied to all via Buro on 20 December 2010.
  • Package of QSL cards received via the Buro on 19 May 2010 (many dating back to 2008): I replied to all via the Buro on 22 May 2010.

Vy 73, Tyler


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