You can call me 'Bill' or you can call me 'William' but don't call me too late for a DX contest!
In the 2013 DX Marathon, Formula 1 Mixed Modes, I have worked 129 countries and 30 zones, slightly better than last year, using 100 watts or less and a simple wire antenna.
For my qsl card I chose a photo which reflects my interest in railroading (sample below). It's a tourist line near Cumberland MD though the forested area looks like it might be called Oak Hill. If you send a card direct or via DX bureau I will return via the same route. A self-addressed envelope for direct return is nice but not required. I am especially looking for railroad-related themes though I do appreciate any style card. All contacts are also uploaded to eQSL.cc and LoTW.
LoTW setup seems harder than it needs to be, though I think in the end it's worth it: uploaded my QSOs for the past two years and qualified for WAS plus DXCC. Thanks to everyone -- all 50 states, 12 provinces, 125+ DX entities on six continents! I have heard a station at the South Pole a few times but was not able to work him yet. Many contacts worked with low power -- the QRP bug has bitten me quite hard.
I am handling incoming DX bureau cards for USA '4N' stations. If your call is, for example, WA4NVA or KJ4N, I will be sending your cards if you have envelopes and stamps on file. Or I may be contacting you to provide SASEs.
My ham bio:
I bought a handheld radio to listen to railroad traffic, discovered several repeaters in the Northern Virginia area, and developed an interest in Amateur Radio activities. Heard many references to "Hamfest" and "Field Day" and wondered what all the excitement was all about, so I attended the June 2010 Manassas Hamfest, took the test and qualified for Technician Class license. I participated in a few Field Day setups later that month and had a really great time.
Upgraded to General Class at the August 2010 Berryville Hamfest and bought a Yaesu FT-857D that Fall. August 2011 I passed the test for Amateur Extra and the following Spring added a Kenwood TS-590s to the shack. On fair weather weekends I have set up portable operation in nearby parks. That's a lot of fun and I get some interesting questions like "Are you really talking around the world?" In this cellphone era, radio is still intriguing.
73 de Bill in Oak Hill
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