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Greetings from the beautiful fishing village of Oriental, NC (Pamlico County, Grid Locator FM15pa). The above picture shows Oriental Harbor, located on the Neuse River, just off Mile Marker 185 of the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW). Note the shrimp trawlers. Oriental is still an active commercial fishing waterfront in addition to having numerous sailing and power vessels. My QTH is 1/3 mile up Green's Creek from Oriental Harbor, or about 1500 feet from behind where the picture was taken.

Active since 1955, I have been enjoying DXing, Contesting, Rag Chewing, and USA County Hunting on all modes.� Thank you to all who have helped me achieve various Awards by being responsive to QSL requests.� They could not have been obtained without your help.

I am a very big fan of LOTW.� If we have had a QSO, I generally will upload it to LOTW same day.� As a courtesy, I also upload to eQSL automatically after each contact.� I also respond to printed cards received from the bureau or direct.� If you need a paper QSL from me, just send me your card.� No postage or SAE needed.

As of 2014, you will more than likely find me operating JT65 or JT9 on all bands between 160 and 6 meters.� These modes have captivated me.� There are various ways to get set up on the JT modes:� I use WSJT-X combined with JTAlert, utilizing Commander from within DXLab to establish communications with my transceiver via a US Navigator Interface.� This combination of Software and Hardware has helped get a large number of very weak-signal QSOs and some very good DX into the log.� Fascinating modes and hope to meet each of you on the bands via JT.

I have also been an active USA County Hunter (CQ Magazine USACA #1219) and member of MARAC (Mobile Amateur Radio Awards Club). The County Hunter Net Frequencies are, 7188.0, 14336.0 (SSB) and 3556.5, 7056.5, 10122.5, 14056.5, 18091.5, 21056.5, 24915.5, and 28056.5 CW. Detailed information and additional County Hunting resources can be found at: http://marac.org/index.php

The home station consists of an Icom 746PRO, running 100 watts (5 to 20 watts on Digital Modes) to either OptiBeams (40 thru 6 Meters) or inverted vees for 80 and 160 meters. I also can switch to a ZeroFive all band 43' vertical when needed. The OptiBeams are mounted as a stack of 3 (OB40-30, OB9-5, OB5-6)on a 24' Chrome Molly mast in an HDX-555 Heavy Duty crank-up, tilt-over tower. I utilize TiltPlates on the two larger beams, which allow me to tilt the tower over almost all the way to the ground for beam installation and/or maintenance right at ground level. The TiltPlates are the (fantastic) invention of Al, NN4ZZ. They literally allow you to work on beams without ever having to climb a tower. Further information on TiltPlates (and a video of this installation) can be found at: http://nn4zz.com/index.htm

The mobile station is an IC7000, running 100 watts to a TarHeel 200 ScrewDriver antenna. To date, I have operated from a total of 677 USA counties, witha long term goal of operating from all 3077. (I always operate from a parked position, engine off: It's safer, enhances weak signal work, and greatly increases the QSO totals.) Running mobile Counties for the County Hunters is a very enjoyable part of the hobby for me: A chance not only to tour the USA on back roads, but also to meet many of the fine Operators I have worked multiple times over the years.

Whether USA or DX, I hope to work you on as many bands and modes as possible. 73 de Bill KM1C, Oriental, NC USA

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