(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 mefor 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 isSouth Pole Station.
If you don't have an hrdlog.net account, here is a manually updated (and thus maybe up to a month out of date) set of contacts:
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