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Greetings from Nebraska, the Beef state! 

QSL info:  LoTW , eQSL(AG) , QRZ.com, Direct or Bureau. All of my QSO's are uploaded to eQSL LoTW and QRZ.com but not immediately. I will send you a direct QSL back in the same manner as received. SAE appreciated.

On HF, I operate many different modes including SSB, CW and Digital modes - PSK, JT65, Olivia, Contestia , RTTY , Feld Hell ( FHC 3964 ) you may even find me on 10 or 6 meter FM if the band is open. 

I enjoy chasing DX on the HF bands ( DXCC , 100+ on 40,30,20,17,15,12,10M, WAZ , VUCC , Triple play WAS ) . I am an ARRL member and my local club affiliations are the Heartland DX Association and the Southwest Iowa ARC ( RPT 146.82 - ). I am a regular on the Nebraska Morning NET at 0730 Central 3.982 USB and occasionally the IBM Employees Nets:  http://ibmhams.bobv.name/

As my schedule permits, I run a 6 meter net in the Omaha area, we meet every Tuesday evening at 8 PM Local ( Central ) time on 50.200 USB.

I am active on 2 Meter FM and scan a few 2M FM repeaters ( SWIARC 146.82 also 146.94 and 147.36 in Omaha ) and simplex frequencies ( 146.52 and .55) and a regular on local VHF / UHF nets. 

I was first licensed as a Novice back in 1971 in the Chicago area while in High School. I  then upgraded to General class in 1972. After HS, I started Engineering school in 1973. I also picked up my Commercial Radiotelephone license in 1975 and worked repairing mobile VHF /UHF radios for a while and then hired on with IBM as a Field Engineer in 1978.  I upgraded my license to Advanced class in 1988,  I had many years of sporadic operation while raising the kids, riding and training horses and foxhunting on the weekends.  I upgraded to an Extra Class license in 2008. I became very active on the air again in 2011. 

Best regards from my ham shack to yours.

73 and Good DX

Joel

 

Operating position. 

 

The 2M / 440 Beam ( vertical for FM work ) below has the feedpoint of my full wave loop just beneath it its ugly but it works OK.

This is the view to the east from my property. The wood 'coop' in the fenceline allows me to jump from one field to the other on horseback safely....

Below is my VHF omni antenna setup - homemade 6M Squalo and an Arrow Antenna 2M 440 J-Pole. You can see I have a good view of the distance from 30 feet up you dont need a real fancy antenna if you have a good location.

Multiband Fan 'Dipole' below - or is it really an inverted V ? Depends on the band I suppose... mostly my backup but at times its better than the loop on 40M.  I have the 80M wires cut for 3580 for digital work, the loop works OK on 3950-4000 where I have Net activity.

Guest ' Ham' operator in the shack a few years ago.  He was from Smithfield , Virginia, he used to be a pig but now he is good.

QRV Equine mobile - do this occasionally its always fun to check into a local repeater from horseback.

Below -doing some REAL Foxhunting in the area - having a stirrup cup nip before the hounds go out.  I have retired from mounted foxhunting at this point. I earned colors / button in 2 hunts and here was the field master for a joint meet.

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