Bill N4GBK - Celebrating 50 years in Amateur Radio - 1963 to 2013
Stations outside of USA, if you send me a QSL, I will send you a QSL - no stamps - no money - no IRC needed. A self-addressed envelope is appreciated but not needed.
QSL OK via LotW, eQSL, bureau or direct.
USA stations, no SASE needed, just send me a card and I'll do the same.
SWL Reports are also welcome. Today's SWLs are tomorrow's Hams.
EPC # 20964
10-10 # 41801
070 # 1688
SMIRK # 5514
My PSK IMD Meter shows my IMD between -31 and-34 dB. If you are having a problem with my signal overloading your receiver, please adjust the RF gain or filters at your end. Thank You!
New to the shack is a Kenwood TS-590S. Quite an update from the 20+ year old TS-680S that I had been using. Thank you Ham City for taking care of me. The first TS-590 I received had a problem and I sent it back. Ham City sent me another new radio. The reviews and reports on this radio are great. I am looking forward to getting 20+ years from another fine Kenwood product.
Updated 01DEC13 - 2340 QSOs in the logbook since March 2013. Most are PSK-31 with a few other digital modes, SSB and CW.
PSK-31 have now worked 126 DX entities. 83 confirmed in LoTW and 97 in eQSL. 18 more confirmed by paper cards. DXCC total confirmed is 101. Once I get the cards checked by the card checker, the DXCC application will be sent in.
LoTW return rate at exactly 25% while the eQSL rate is now at 63%. I do not know why the majority of stations outside of the US do not participate in LoTW?
Been on the lower bands with PSK-31 worked 7 entities on 80 meters PSK-31 (best DX is R1AY in Russia) worked several US states on 160 meters and continue to add 40 meter DX contacts to the logbook - 40 meter total is now at 50 entities.
Update 02NOV13 - 1838 QSOs entered into logbook since March 2013.
PSK-31 now have worked 120 DX entities. 77 confirmed in LoTW and 95 confirmed in eQSL. Paper cards are slowly coming in. Still getting just under 25% confirmed contacts via LoTW. eQSL has a return rate just over 50%.
Spending more time on the WARC bands. Enjoy 12 meters when it is open. Also, recently tried 160 meter PSK-31 during the PODXS contest. Worked 12 US states on 160.
Update - 26SEP2013 - 1290 QSOs entered into logbook since March 2013.
Latest stats - In PSK-31 mode, now have worked 109 DX entities. 66 DXCC PSK-31 entities confirmedin LotW, 86 eDX100 entities confirmed in eQSL.
Spending more time on 40 meters around sunset and later. 42 countries now worked on 40 meter PSK-31.
07AUG2013 - just entered my 800th QSO into the electronic logbook - started in late March 2013
Working BPSK-31 most of the time. Have confirmed 52 DXCC entities in LoTW and 73 confirmed eDX100 entities via eQSL in BPSK31. (Worked about 85 total.) Many more waiting on QSL cards to swap. Goal is to complete DXCC in PSK-31 then move on to RTTY and do it again. Also, worked a few stations with BPSK-63. As I'm learning about digital modes, I want to try JT-65.
Online QSL results are interesting:
LotW - worked 800 - confirmed 198 - 25% return rate
eQSL - worked 800 - confirmed 402 - 50% return rate
Made my first ever BPSK-31 QSO on 24 MAY 2013 - 672 QSOs on 07AUG13.
July 2013 - 500 contacts in the log.
May 2013 - having fun on HF. Worked a few 6 meter contacts with 20 watts into my Carolina Windom 160 antenna. Need to get a 6 meter antenna.
March 2013 - just back on the air after several years inactivity. Carolina Windom 160 antenna seems to really get out with 100 watts on HF using my old Kenwood TS-680.
First licensed in 1963 as WN4POP.
Member ARRL, QCWA and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). FCC 1st Phone in 1971. Full time broadcast engineer for about 10 years followed by a 30 year career in civil service with the US Government. Recently retired as an Electronics Equipment Specialist (civilian) with the US Coast Guard. Worked in avionics support with the Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters and airplanes.
I'm in Perquimans County, North Carolina in the rural community of Belvidere in the Northeast part of the state.
(My mailing address is Hertford, NC which is about 8 miles away.)
Thank you for reading all of this stuff. Have fun with ham radio!
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