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N4GBK Bill  Updated 01 April 2014

Stations outside of USA, if you send me a QSL, I will send you a QSL - no stamps - no money - no IRC.  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 LONP #252

SMIRK # 5514

  • I have been posting information about my results with using LoTW and eQSL.

LoTW is running about a 25% return rate on QSOs for DX contacts.  The LoTW numbers are much better for QSOs with US stations.

eQSL has a return rate of about 60% for all QSOs.

  • Comments and Awards

I started using PSK-31 on 24 May 2013.  As of 31 March 2014, I have worked 146 countries and confirmed 122 with LoTW and paper cards.  I have mailed off a bunch of DX cards that I'm waiting for a reply.  I hope to have 150 confirmed before the end of 2014.

As for eQSL, I am using them for some CQ Awards including WPX and USA-CA.  With all of the DX QSOs on PSK-31 in the past year, I have over 1000 prefixes in the log and have WPX 800 with PSK-31.  I plan to get busy later this year with applying for the basic 500 USA-CA counties award as I have at least that many counties confirmed using mixed modes.

I am enjoying earning awards from the folks at the PODXS (Penn-Ohio DX Society) 070 Club for my PSK contacts. Some of the awards are easy and some are hard but they are all free. You apply for everything on line.  They also have some fun contests.

I am slowly coming up to speed in the modern world of ham radio.  Just discovered the fun stuff you can do with Club Log to assist with DX awards.

I appreciate the volunteers that work hard in the background in the ham radio community. Volunteer Examiners, QSL bureau workers, Card Checkers, awards managers, QSL managers and many more. Thank you!

  • Station

Kenwood TS-590S with Carolina Windom 160 antenna. Active on all HF bands and 6 meters with the same rig and antenna. Excellent signal reports and performance by the Carolina Windom, especially on 40 meters but it works on all bands.

The receiver section of the TS-590S is great when the bands are crowded. It really allows me to pull in a weak signal with strong signals nearby.

My Signalink quit so I connected my TS-590 and computer together directly using a USB cable.  All seems to be working fine.  Maybe one day I will eventually load the rig control software and operate the radio from the keyboard?

  • About Me

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.

http://www.uscg.mil/alc/welcome_aboard.asp

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.)

http://www.albemarle-nc.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_City_micropolitan_area

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvidere,_North_Carolina

Thank you for reading all of this stuff. Have fun with ham radio!

73,

Bill

North Carolina - First in Flight

Pictured is a US Coast Guard HC-144A Search and Rescue airplane at the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This is the site of the Wright Brothers first flight in December 17, 1903. That is the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

 

 

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