Update 11-2015, haven't done an update for quite a while. Replaced the FT1000D with an FT2000D as the main radio in the last year.
Had some trouble with the 706MKII2. Sent the radio to N1EQ, Mike Nadeau in Maine. I was most impressed and amazed with his service. First off the total repair time was 1 week door to door. Shipped it Monday, received it back next Monday. The price was a lot less than I though. Despite being a challenging repair he did not charge for research and "head scratching time." He also kept me advised of the progress step by step via email. At no time did I feel like I needed to contact him because he kept me up to date. I recommend checking this guy out if you need a radio repaired. Look at his reviews on Eham. I looked at them after I had the radio repaired. It was no surprise that they were all perfect reviews. Hats off to N1EQ for doing a great job.
Did some mobile work over the summer, worked China, Djibouti, and some reasonably good dx from the car on CW. Had some ragchews on CW while driving. Usually on 30, or 40 meters.
Spending time on PhantomNet here in N.E. MA. It's a group of linked repeaters. Good group of people. 444.1 is where most people come into the network. I use 224.52 most of the time. Am also on 224.68 88.5 pl listening. That's a standalone repeater in Methuen.
Also get on Harry's repeater, WA1VVH in Pepperell MA. 224.62, no pl.
I like 220. Nearly the range of 2 meters but as quiet as 440. Five of the repeaters that I use don't even use PL. It's not really needed. 220 also has 20 kHz spacing so you don't get interference from adjacent channel repeaters.
Using a TYT9000D 50 watt FM mobile. Not a bad radio. Surprisingly good actually. I'm very happy with it.
That's the latest. Thanks for stopping by.
Still uploading to LOTW, just not as often, problem with my logging software and automatic uploading. I can do it semi-manually which is what I do. If you are waiting for an LOTW confirmation, you should get it within a week. If there is a problem, please email. me.
73 and Happy Holidays.
Update 7/14. Began operating mobile this month using an IC706MK2G. Operating 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, and 6 meters. May try 60, and 80 in the fall. So far, results have been good.
I have been operating from the north east part of MA, southern NH, and southern Maine. Counties include so far, Essex County MA, Rockingham County NH, and York County Maine. Grid squares FN42 and FN43. I like to operate near the ocean.
So far operation has been on CW using a Bencher paddle sitting on the seat. Works very well and is easy to use while underway.
I have not been transferring the contacts into my electronic log. If you need a QSL please email me. I can upload the contact to LOTW with the correct county, state, and grid square or I can send a paper card with the correct information written in.
I keep minimum information for these contacts, band, mode, time of beginning, ending, or somewhere in the middle of the contact. I usually don't keep signal reports but I do make a note of where I made the QSO from so I can put it on the card. That meets minimum requirements for a QSL card.
80 Meter OCF dipole.
Double L / Lazy U for 160.
I work mostly CW and JT65 as well as the very occasional phone or digital contacts using other modes besides JT65.
I casually participate in many CW, Digital, and SSB contests and belong to the YCCC. (www.yccc.org)
I am not current active on any bands above 29.6 mHz although I do have a vhf/uhf FM mobile radio in the car.
I am currently working on WAS all bands 160 through 10, including 60 and the warc bands, using JT65 and confirming via LOTW.
As of late Jan 2013 I have succeeded on 80, 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters in getting JT65 confirmations of all states on LOTW. Need 2 states on 15, 4 on 12, and about 12 on 10 meters. On 160 I'm about half way. On 60 I only have 3 states. Just started.
As for the DXCC Challenge I'm at 1152 as of Jan 24, 2013.
Have confirmed on LOTW 100 or more countries on all HF bands except 12 and 60.
I need another 8 on 12 and only have 3 or 4 on 60.
On 160 I'm at 40 confirmed on LOTW. I have 48 states in mixed mode on 160. Need AK and ND to finish up in mixed mode.
Thus far I have not been using skeds, with a couple of exceptions, but I am willing to setup a sked with anyone who may need MA on JT65 or other mode.
JT65 is a really great mode and I enjoy it very much.
At this time I am not receiving enough cards to have to ask for return postage. A self addressed envelope though would be appreciated, if you have some, please include one. I haven't fully automated the qsl process yet and my handwriting is pretty bad.
All QSO's are uploaded to LOTW and EQSL within a few days of the QSO.
If you QSL direct, please address the card to Scott Currier as opposed to James S. This will eliminate delays due to mail forwarding issues.
If you would like a QSL via the bureau, please send me one of your QSLs via the bureau as well as an Email request so I can send your card out right away instead of waiting for your card and then sending one back. I use Global QSL for bureau cards. They're pretty quick and do a nice job.
While LOTW is good for ARRL awards and EQSL good for CQ awards, I still like the paper QSL's so please send your QSL via the bureau even if you use LOTW and / or EQSL.
I prefer to have both electronic and paper confirmations.
If you need MA, Essex County MA, or the KT1 prefix for awards, please send me an email and I'll send out a card direct and you can send me yours at the same time.
Don't forget to check your email spam folder. I have replied to some emails and didn't hear back from the person, making me wonder if my reply ended up unnoticed in their spam folder.
I have been spending quite a bit of time lately using JT65A on HF. Excellent mode for weak signal work.
I have also been spending a lot of time on 30 meters. Recommend looking into the 30 Meter Digital Group if you operate that band on either digital or CW. They have an impressive award system which is software based, it reads your log and lets you apply online for the award. www.30mdg.net is their site.
73 and Good DX.
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