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Mobile activity that I manage to log gets uploaded to LotW using my KT8D/M certificate.

See DX code of conduct below. Formerly: KA8SIO(1983-2002), W8JMF(2002-2012). HF=Collins.

DXCC Phone #35,357, 40M #5,326, 5B #7,720, CW #21,105. SOC #1034, EU-DX-D T#97, WAE-I.

Good in the KB8UEY/K8GIB Rob'n'Rob Century Club bureau, the Geratol bureau, the OMiss bureau and the HHH bureau. DX cards via the IARU bureau are encouraged, but all direct DX QSLs will be returned direct. No SASEs, IRCs or postage required for domestic or DX QSLs. I like to send post cards to US addresses, so if you don't like those, an SAE is encouraged, but in most cases your card will already be gone, unless it is a contact somewhere that QSLing is not the standard thing, like a short casual contact from a place I've likely confirmed. I haven't signed up for eQSL on my new call and have no plans to currently. As of 27 April, 2009 W8JMF had rejected 540 Eqsls and then started largely ignoring them. Because I'm a paper logger it's not practical for me to get everything up to the LotW. I've uploaded the Cabrillo logs I've put together from contesting and now try to put up all QSOs with known LotW users. If you need a LotW confirmation from me that I may have missed sending up, let me know.

WAS: #52,275 5B #3061. 3905CC:6K 75M, 9K 40M, WAS40 from mobile. Geratol #2600, OMiss #8021.

Here's what's wrong with SASEs: By the time I get one, you will be holding my card in your hand, or it will be in a buro somewhere, and then what am I supposed to do with the SASE? They are a waste and are insane, and I blame the ARRL for having people think it's OK to demand them and/or a good idea to send them. While an SASE makes sense for a QSL manager, a DX-pedetion or a special event, when one domestic station works another, simple reciprocation works best. That way it doesn't matter who initiates, or if both cards are sent at the same time. Apparently some folks out there have to try to fix things that aren't broken. Let's go back to common sense here. No domestic station that wants QSLs should have any problem returning one. If you don't want them or aren't going to return one, let us all know on your QRZ listing. Like many others (silent majority?), I'm not crazy about paying freight both ways on DX cards either. What ever happened to common courtesy? It would be really super to see reciprocation make a comeback everywhere, probably a pipe dream.

Currently operating the 80 thru 10 meter & 1.25M bands fixed and 10M (25w) & 70cm. mobile.

Another rant from late in 2007. If you are on the air alone, "we" is the wrong pronoun, that's plural, try "I" instead. It's not against part 97 rules for hams to be literate. Also we don't have personals, we have handles and names. Now for a real bombshell. Q signals are for CW! If you're working fone, try plain language instead. I fall into this trap myself some but am trying to rid myself of it. If everyone tried we could rid the phone bands of this nonsense, good operating practice is contagious. Since writing this another ham pointed out to me a QST article over 60 years old tried to address the stupidity of using Q signals on phone. Hams are a stubborn bunch. I'm now returning this soapbox to normal amateur abuse.


I am a supporter of the DX Code of Conduct:

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.

I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.

I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station's call sign before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.

I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.

I will always send my full call sign.

I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.

I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.

I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.

I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.

When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.

I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.

I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.

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