IMPORTANT NOTE: As of 23-June-2014, due to a bug introduced into HRD Logbook v6.2 (previous versions are okay) that causes the wrong time to be logged if entering local time, around 70 of my log entries were incorrect. I believe I've gotten them all corrected, but if you don't see a match for a QSO you made with me between 2-June-2014 and 23-June-2014, let me know. If you want to know more details about the bug, scroll to the bottom of this page.
(Note: I'm not sure how often HRD updates their web site, and once it has, the QSO log and mapbelow won't update unless you refresh your browser.)
My QTH is Atlanta, GA, but I got my call sign when I was living in IL, where I'm originally from, and thus the "9". Maybe someday (after I get my Extra-class license) I'll get a new, vanity call and stop confusing everyone with the 9 in 4-land.
My station is proof that you don't need anything fancy to get started on HF. The map below shows where I've worked from my home in Atlanta since I first got on HF on 1/24/2011, and all I have is 100 W (Kenwood TS-590s) and a G5RV* inverted-vee with the apex at only about 32'. In just 1 day shy of 10 weeks since I first got on HF, I hadworked 76 countries on 6 continents, and all 50 states. (I sure wish people were good about responding to QSL cards though, because I'm still missing many.)
*As of 16-Oct-2011 I've added a 10m dipole that I built. As 10m opened up more, I realized how bad the G5RV is at 10m. The dipole is hung about 10' lower than the G5RV, but it is an average of three S-units better (TX and RX). The G5RV works great at 80, 40 and 20m, but terrible at 10m...yet even so I was making some good contacts, including Japan, with it. Some day I hope to add a Hexbeam.
*Update as of 24-Oct-2012: Well, I finally put up a tower and HF beam -- specifically a 40' Universal Towers aluminum, free-standing tower with a Mosley TA-63-N (6-band, 3 active elements per band) on top of the tower, with a V/U vertical above that. It's still too new to comment too much on the beam, but it definitely make huge difference on the bands that I was relying on the tuner for w/ the G5RV. Still, I was pretty impressed with how well the G5RV served me....for thousands less $$$.
Incidentally, no, I didn't make my own G5RV. I have W8AMZ's version, from eBay, which is constructed far, far better than anything I could have done myself. Fantastic construction. I wanted something that would last a long time. The 10m dipole I made is constructed similarly (though maybe not as tough), but built into it (around the 4" PVC I used for the center insulator) is an RF choke made from about 19' of Belden 9907 I had laying around.
Whahoo! As of 1-Dec-2012, I received my DXCC award. Though I've had well over 100 DXCC entities confirmed with QSL cards for a while, I finally hit the 100 mark on LOTW, so I took the easy / electronic route and applied for the DXCC certificate through LOTW.
ABOUT THE MAP BELOW: MOST, but NOT ALL points on the map below are accurate -- only as accurate as their info on QRZ.com (where HRD pulls the info from) -- but they should be very close.
Note that "Other bands" is 60m, and it apparently shows 12m &17m as just "WARC" (it doesn't separate them). The legend also doesn't match for mode. Most are voice (square), but I don't use CW, so those circles are SSTV and/or PSK31, which are supposed to be triangles per the legend.
Yes, that yellow dot at the bottom-center is South Pole Station.
Prior to getting my beam (so only with a G5RV and 10m dipole), I had 150 confirmed DXCC entities just using my 100w TS-590S. If you're curious, here are all of my PRE-BEAM contacts:
Below is my "new" (as of 24-Oct-2012) antennas & tower:
About that HRD 6.2 Logbook Bug I mentioned above...
The bug in HRD Logbook happens only in v6.2 and only when you have it configured to accept local time. (If you have it configured to be entered as UTC, it's fine.) If you have it configured to enter local time, it messes up the conversion to UTC before saving it to the database as follows. Lines crossed out have been verified by myself as fixed in the August 10, 2014 (v126.96.36.1995) release, while non-crossed-out lines remain an issue until a future update, and blue lines are a new behavior as of v188.8.131.525 (as a result of fixing the issues in the crossed-out lines).
Yeah, pretty aggrivating to say the least, especially since long-time working functionality broke. Thankfully, HRD support said they already have fix, and it will be in their next update release.
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Book Totals: 4906 qso's 761 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM