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:
For Portable Ops:
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.
I have been quite pleased with the capabilities of the WA2NAN True Talk G5RV Jr., having confirmed 185 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!
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:
Vy 73, Tyler
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