KJ6MBW from January 2011, got the Extra in May 2011
W6/VK2IMM in 2005 and 2006 - Jan 2011
KL7/VK2IMM during NA-041 IOTA contest DXpedition to Sitka, Alaska in 2008
VK2IMM from 2002 in Australia, after QRX in VK for several years
VP8CWI from 1996 to 1998 in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
UW0LBW since 1987 to the early 90th from zone 19 where I obtained my first call.
Member of WIA and ARRL
Year 2012 update - Roof antenna on the picture is a 10/15/20 12AVQ trap GP from Hy-Gain with a modified base (bolted 1/4" aluminum bar and 3/8 size thread sockets for the whips) to accept resonant mobile whip antennas as radials (Hustler tri-band whips as shown). It works with a single whip per band also but it is better with two. This may work well for any other 1/4 Wave length elevated vertical if you do not want to have wire radials.
Later added a home made 17m loaded vertical element in parallel so it is a 4 band antenna now.
Hustler 5BTV vertical used on 40/80m is on back yard behind the house. 5BTV is mounted on a 2" steel pipe using DX Engineering tilt base at 8ft up. Two elevated radials. Configuration may very, at times I use a modified top loading with less inductance and more capacitance and a shunt coil at the base for matching.
Later modification (not shown) includes adding a 30m trap so it looks similar to a 6BTV antenna and it is used on 30m and low bands.
Downsized from some old radios to a FT-857D with a 300Hz Collins filter. This setup covers all bands I need and has a rather quiet receiver. A bit small for desktop but works well for DXing and contesting.
Recent addition - AL811 (3 x 811's) to help with some DXpedition pile-ups and for low band DXing.
Vibroplex Square Brass Racer paddles with K1EL USB keyer for regular 25-30 WPM CW.
I also use a HK-705 straight key time to time running QRS around 16 WPM on low power or QRP with it.
CW has been my preferred mode of operation for more than 25 years but do make some QSO's with other modes also.
DXing and some contesting on HF and operating via SAT's on VHF/UHF.
I use traditional paper QSL's
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