IF YOU ARE HERE BECAUSE OF A SPOT RESPONSE FROM ME - PLEASE LOOK AT THE BOTTOM AREA OF THIS BIOGRAPHY:
DX bug bit me in Junior High School when I became a short-wave listener. I was a member of the North American Short-Wave Club, and when I finally got my Novice ticket, I was number 3 in USA for countries confirmed on the short-wave broadcast bands. Spent most of my adult life working for Uncle Sam in faraway places: ET2US ET3USA SV0WPP VS6DD N7DC/YV5 G5CTB, all for 2 or more years each. Lots of travel and temporary duty in some 45 countries, including all across N. Africa, Saudi Arabia, Western Europe, and still need Alaska as my 50th state to visit. Returned to the states in 1984 and have been trying to catch up on my stateside DXCC ever since. Am now up to 343 countries, all with 100 watts or less, and mostly with dipoles or an inverted L. Received Honor Roll in 2004. Received 5BDXCC March 2005, with cards also for 12/17/30 meters. Just received my 134th card for 160 (138 worked) for the 9th DXCC band. Its time to work harder on 6 meters (49 countries - 43 states worked). Have gone little gun now, and have a TH3jr up at 30 feet .A home brew 5 element Quagi serves for 6 meters. Run cw 80% with SSB, RTTY/PSK, and SSTV thrown in now and again. Enjoy the newer digital modes with a computer sound card and my digital totals have gone to 272 countries now. Last but not least, if anyone is interested in county awards and in Madison County Va., Im your man- being the only active HF op amongst our 13,000 population. Pop me an email for a schedule. .
QSL INFORMATION------- check out my log to see if you are there at http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/N7DC
I now have all the logs from N7DC - 1977 onward, uploaded to LOTW and would appreciate you doing the same. Any questions about missing or mismatched QSOs, please send me an email. Likewise if we worked from my Novice call - WN5QMX - or early Extra call - WA5UKR - please confirm via buro/direct- or send an email so I may find the logs for those. I also maintain a store of blank cards from my overseas operations, if you still need one of them, and I can find you in the logs.
I also keep the eQSL data base updated, but DO NOT use their award program. Thus, if you do match a QSO with them, please also either match with LOTW or send me a card via the buro, or direct. I am working toward the DXCC Challenge, and have 2386 contacts toward that, so have a far piece to go, and would appreciate all the confirmation help I can get for new ones.
Other main interesta:
Scouting, Cub,Boy Scout, Explorer, Adult leader, since 1948 - have 63 years in Scouting as of October 2011. Presently am Assistant District Comissioner for Montecello District, responsible for Madison and Green counties here in Virginia. Have run numerous Scout jamboree ham stations around the world and taught many Scouts, other youth and adults who have earned their licenses.
Also: Like to fish ocassionally, take digital photos (after years of 35mm film), canoe in nice calm water (Im tired of being dunked and floating down the rapids), gardening, wood carving (mostly Boy Scout neckerchief slides)(note hand-carved callsign plaque behind me), and playing with the grandsons. By the way two have joined the Scouting program this past 4 years, so I am back active diectly in their activities.
SPOTS AND SPOTTING :
The past couple of years, we have seen more and more amateurs using the spot page to the purpose for which the network was built: spotting stations on freqs and modes which you have heard at your location. This is a great tool, considering the number of bands and modes to which we now have access.
A problem has arisen though; by people using the spots for actions for which they were not designed. More and more hams are putting any and all thoughts to the keyboard, and over-feeding the network with what most of us consider pure junk. A spot, advising that you have received a QSL card from K5K, or T5T is not only unnecessary but can and does cause problems to hundreds of other hams. How? Because every false spot sent, engages alarmsall over the world. Again how? Many of us now have our computers set up to monitor spots (some 24 hours a day), and have managed our data base so that any spot, for a new DX entity, will be recognized and will either cause the computer to set off an audio alarm in our home or yard. It may also automaticaly send an email to us at work, make a phone call on our cell, or do any number of external alarms to let us know that last needed country is up. Can you imagine the number of alarms that go off when someone makes a test spot for P5 (AA1AAA/P5 means someone working in N. Korea - NOT PORTABLE 5 stateside) or misuses the spot notes, and tells us that K5K was their 200th country?
LOOK UP SPOT-SPY for an excellent tool which will do all this searching and reporting of new countries/counties, bands/modes, what-have-yous".
Yes - some of us even have an alarm that will wake us, if the P5 shows. Thus we dont need someone spotting P5HAM and writing "test" in their notes column. It may be a test for them, but as far as we know, untill we getto the computer, somone has snuck by and managed to get N Korea to let him "demonstrate" ham radio.It happened before - and might again.
Lastly, if you are standing in line for a phone, (yes I know- few do that anymore) trying to get an important call thru, would you not consider it bad manners for someone to bust the line, because he thought HE was all more iimportant that you? That is exactly the same feeling we get, when we are calling our hearts out for a rare DX, only to have someone come up and ask the DX to QSY to another band, or mode. Here we have dozens, if not hundreds, of hams trying to work someone they can hear, and you are asking him to move away from them., to a freq or mode YOU want. If that is not just pure bad manners, what is? The same goes for telling an expediton that you are calling them on 14,202. So what? Im calling on 203, and hundreds of others are up and down the band. By the way, did you ever go on an expediton? Did you have time to sit and watch for hundreds of begging, bragging, blah blah blah spots? Most expeditons do not even have online computers at their work positions, especially when setting on a rock out in the middle of the ocean. It would be funny, if it were not so sad, to think one is so important as to have them stop operations and call HIM, never mind the others calling up and down the band.
In other words, lets use the spot network for spots: not wishes, begging, bragging (Hey thanks for country 389) (well maybe that guy does have something to brag about, as long as he is also spotting where they are right now). Telling the rest of us that you just worked them on 18 band/modes couldnt be any more maddening, to those who have waited hours and dont have their first contact yet.
Where should you put this info? How about using the same network, but Not in the spot section. How about using the Announcement or All commands. You can still have your say, but will not jam up the network, where others are trying to see where stations are. Those bits of information from you will still be there, for those who are interested enough to look at the raw data coming in. As for the majority of us, we will be grateful, and an ever growing number of us who have an alarm system set up - we will be eternally graterful to not have to jump up, and fall down the stairs to get here and only find a false spot has interfered with our other life.
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