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Note: I prefer paper QSLs, but LOTW or eQSL is fine.  Feel free to send a card too, if you like, and I'll send one back! Unfortunately, if I owe you a card from before 2011, I'm afraid all of my records are missing or have been destroyed.

I am returning to Ham Radio after about 3 years QRT thanks to the Joplin, MO EF-5 tornado.  I'm still working on an antenna "patch" or "garden".  It's not quite elaborate enough to even remotely be considered a farm! Besides, after the last couple of years of summer drought, I doubt if they'll grow even if I left the sprinklers on!

The rigs I'm using are an Icom IC-718, a Ten Tec Scout 555 (running about 20W), an Elecraft K1, a Heathkit HW-8 and an assortment of homebrew gear.  If you are wondering why I've got such a smoking hot signal, it's because the current operating position is with the Scout on the side table of our BBQ grill.  Yep, I'm on the deck--on the air--in open air!  Someday soon, I'll have to set up an inside area, but for now, I'm confusing the neighbors and enjoying the nice WX.

The antenna(s) are an end-fed random-length wire stretched from the back deck to the fence and a homebrew 10m ground plane vertical mounted on a flagpole holder on one corner of the railing. Both antennas are typically up no more than 8' at the base, although I sometimes attach the end-fed wire to a 12 foot telescoping painter pole I can lean against the fence.  As of mid May, I now have a permanent inverted vee for 40m/15m at about 20 feet.  I hope to have a more complete installation on the air by midsummer, if time permits.

I am most interested in DX in whatever mode I can run and QRP.  My CW is a bit rusty, but it's coming back!

I currently work for an aerospace company in Joplin, MO and attend graduate school (via the Web) at the University of Arkansas.

 

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