I use Logbook of the World. If you don't use LoTW, I do answer all QSLs whether direct or via the bureau. SASE is not required but always appreciated. I no longer use eQSL.
I was licensed as a teen-ager in early 1969 as WN4MEN. A few months later, I upgraded to general and became WB4MEN. After college I moved to Michigan and held a couple of 8-land calls. I upgraded to extra class in December 1979. I eventually returned home to Kentucky. My current call of N4KZ was issued in 1996.
Over the last 40-plus years, my primary amateur radio interest has been HF DXing but I've been involved in VHF SSB and CW too. Currently, I have 341 entities worked and confirmed all-time with 327 of those current and 14 deleted ones. (Need just 4 more for DXCC Honor Roll. Recently received confirmation for Myanmar - #341.)
On 2 meter SSB and CW, it took me more than 20 years but I finally worked 40 of the 50 states, some even by EME. And there was quite a bit of meteor scatter work done back in the 1990s. At present, I am not active on 2 meter SSB/CW but have tackled 6 meters with great enthusiasm. I have worked all 50 states on 6, worked all continents and 70 countries so far. I have worked about 150 entities on HF QRP and also work HF mobile as well as various digital modes on HF.
Awards on my ham shack wall include:
DXCC, 8-Band DXCC, 5-Band WAC, WAS, Worked All Zones, and several DXCCs for individual bands and modes.
I worked in radio broadcasting for many years in small, medium and large markets. But I eventually switched fields to print journalism and worked as a reporter, editor and publisher at various sized newspapers. I have enjoyed ham radio-related free-lance writing and had stories published in QST, CQ and on the ARRL website.
My station is comprised of several rigs along with various antennas on my tower and an 80-meter horizontal loop up 50 feet in the trees in my hilltop yard. My wooded 8-acre backyard slopes down at about a 45-degree angle putting my antennas about 200 feet above the ground below. As a result, I have a great low-angle take-off on all bands. My sloping terrain gives me a particular advantage when working on HF into Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
I have thoroughly enjoyed ham radio since I was a teen-ager and look forward to many more years on the bands.
73, Dave, N4KZ
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