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: 26 MAY 2014--------232 entities (worked), 222 entities (confirmed by paper QSL). 216 entities official DXCC entities credit. All CW
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-950 Tcvr, Yaesu SP-2000 Spkr, Yaesu MD-100ABX Desk Mic, Icom IC-756 Pro III Tcvr. Icom PS-125 Pwr Supply,Sony ICF-2010 Rcvr, MFJ-993B Auto Ant Tuner, Alpha Delta Digital Coax Switch, Jetsteam JTPST30M Pwr Supply, Begali "Magnetic Classic" Iambic Key, Vibroplex Iambic Deluxe Key, Lionel J-38 Straight Key (Antique), Ambient Weather WS-1171 Weather Station, Dell Studio 1558 Laptop P.C.
Antennas are; Cushcraft R-7000 (40-10M) 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.
The Solar Cycle 24 working conditions
One of my other enjoyable activities
Majestic White Pines of Northern Michigan
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