Greetings from the woods in the Michaywe resort community near Gaylord, Michigan U.S.A.
I have been retired since 2001 from an engineering position with an automotive electronics supplier located near Detroit, MI. I was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1978, but participate in the hobby only during years of high sunspot activity (good h.f. propagation). I usually build and operate a modest, up to date, h.f. station during the peak of solar cycles and concentrate on other interests, during lulls in the sunspot count. My favorite radio activity involves casual DXing with low power C.W. I also am an advocate of low profile antenna systems that exhibit minimum visual and environmental impact.
For the immediate future I will QSL "direct", only. I like collecting the old fashion "paper" QSLs. They provide the means to show, explain, and promote our hobby to non-amateurs, on a more "direct" level.
My goal during this solar cycle is, to work and confirm 200 DXCC entities using a maximum of 100 watts CW, with my current equipment.
As of: 14 MAR 2016--------253 entities (worked), 246 entities (confirmed by paper QSL). 216 entities (official DXCC credit). All CW. Exceeded my goal, due mainly because of my extremely quiet rural hilltop location.
Received (16 JUL 2012) my:
Certificate (MAY 2012) for 103 CW entities confirmed.
Also received 15 Meter DXCC Certificate (APR 2014) for 103 entities confirmed.
My current station consists of the following:
Yaesu FT-991 Tcvr, MFJ-4230MV Pwr Supply, Yaesu SP-2000 Spkr, Yaesu MD-100ABX Desk Mic, Icom IC-7600 Tcvr. Astron ASR-SS-30M Pwr Supply, Icom SM-30 Desk Mic, Baofeng UV-5R V2 Dual Band HT, Sony ICF-2010 Rcvr, MFJ-993B Auto Ant Tuner, 6-Pos. Alpha Delta "Digital" Coax Switch, Alpha Delta 2 & 4 Pos. "Manual" Swiches, Begali "Magnetic Classic" Iambic Key, Lionel J-38 Straight Key (Antique), Ambient Weather WS-1171 Weather Station, Dell Studio 1558 Laptop P.C.
Antennas are; Cushcraft R-8 (40-6M) Vertical, 8ft above ground, G5RV, up 35ft in the trees, and Various Wire antennas up in the trees from time to time.
Some of my other interests and activities include:
Fly Fishing the blue-ribbon trout streams of northern Michigan, Photography, Archeology, Cooking, Enjoying nature and Entertaining the grand children.
Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI
The latest Solar Cycle 24 working conditions Some of my "Wallpaper" The Cushcraft R-8 Vertical
One of my other enjoyable activities
Majestic White Pines of Northern Michigan
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