You can call me 'Bill' or you can call me 'William' but don't call me too late for a DX contest!
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 year and a half and qualified for WAS plus DXCC. Thanks to everyone -- all 50 states, 11 provinces, 100+ 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 KJ4NOW, 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 subsequently 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 and had a really great time.
Upgraded to General Class at the August 2010 Berryville Hamfest and bought a Yaesu FT-857D, a Buddistick and RadioWavz G5RV-Jr in the Fall. August 2011 I passed the test for Amateur Extra class and the following Spring added a Kenwood TS-590s to the shack plus a Buddipole antenna. On fair weather weekends I have set up portable operation in nearby parks. Also have a Yaesu FT-270R in the car (that's the radio that started it all).
73 de Bill in Oak Hill
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