NOTE: Deadbeat QSL policy. I am actively chasing the Fred Fish Memorial Award and have handed out the relatively rare grid I am in to hundereds of folks needing it. I get a card, you get one back. As a consequence I have very little patience for folks who ignore having received a card and SASE from me. If you are a deadbeat QSLer, ie someone who had had my card and SASE for over 6 months and I have not received a card back, you can expect that any contact I make with you during a contest will be deleted from my log before I submit it. HRD makes this easy to do and I keep accurate records. If you do not like the penalty points you get by all means send me an email complaining. I will be happy to tell you what I think in reply
NOTE 2: In JT65 contacts the RRR is NOT optional. I am not chasing anything on with JT65 on the HF bands but do get on from time to time because there are so few folks on it from North Dakota. If I send you an Rxxx and you jump to something other than RRR I will send you the Rxxx one more time. If you still do not send RRR I will terminate the contact because you are wasting my time and you will NOT be in my log.
I am currently QRV on all bands 160m - 23cm minus the 900MHz band.
Became interested in the hobby at age 12 when saw WA0TBR's station just down the road. This interest eventually lead to a degree in electronics engineering, a field I still pursue. Was first licensed in 1974 as WN0VHW. Upgraded from Novice to Advanced in 1984 then to Extra in 1997. Was active on HF, weak signal, satellite and working on the Superlink from 84 to 97. In 1997 an ice storm took down all of my antennas in the course of a few hours. Various personal commitments (work and raising a family) kept me mostly off the air until about 2005.
Since then have been rebuilding. My main rig is now a Flex Radio Systems 5000 V/U and I have an IC-9100 as a backup to that and as my 1.2GHz radio. For amps I have, an Acom 2000A on HF, a Command Tech VHF-2000 on 6m, Lunar Links on 6m, 1.25m and70cm. .Antennas are a 4 element Steppir with two 30/40m loops, Innovantenna LFA-8 on 6m and M2 antennas for weak signal, a 160m dipole and a 160m cut G5RV. I tune the G5RV witheither a Palstar AT-Auto or AT5K depending on the band / power I am running. There are a few other rigs / antennas around the shack but that is the main equipment.
A past construction project fully automated all of the RF switching in the shack, I can now set a frequency on the Flex and the proper antenna, amp, tuner and antenna are all selected.
Current update plans are to replace the two Palstar tuners with an Alpha 4040 if they ever get into production. Current construction projects include converting the amp out of an old National Weather Service trasnsmitter to 10m, developing FSK-315 for 10M meteor scatter, getting VOIP working to tie the Superlink back together. I am also working on a VLF eggbeater for lightning detection. In the near future I hope to get up an EME array for 2m and to get an orthagonally steered receiving loop going. In the long term future I hope to get the old 3.5m TVRO dish going on 1.2GHz EME.
Interests include 6m operation, meteor scatter, AM operation, APRS weather, repeater linking, station automation and SDR. I have had alot of success lately on 2m EME and have even made a couple of 6m EME contacts. My favorite was with Ken, G4IGO on 6m for his 50th state on 6m!
Maybe someday I will have time to operate LOL. You will find me on PingJockey quite a bit chasing the rocks and can be found hanging around 3845 and 1925 AM Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively.When 6m is openyou will find me there on SSB, if it is not you will find me there onmeteor scatter using FSK441. You can also find me on 2m meteor scatter and EME as well as 222MHz meteor scatter.
Current quests are FFMA (468 worked, 455 confirmed,none currently withdeadbeat status), 2m WAS (46 worked and confirmed) and222MHz WAS(26 worked and confirmed). I recently started trying 70cm meteor scatter but have yet to make a contact.
Recent accomplishments include the current 222MHz meteor scatter distance record held with W5UWB (RIP John, thank you!!) and the first 222MHz Meteor Scatter 10k award. I really like 222MHz and wish more folks were on it.
Being from ND and from a rare grid I end up doing over 1K QSLs a year.
I update eQSL about once a month, LOTW about once a day when I am active or have been asked for a QSO. Paper QSL I answer the day I get them but pleaseread on.
Stateside stations: If you want a card for my state, county, grid, etc a card from you is required and an SASE is greatly appreciated. If you do not send an SASE I will send my card back but come on, and envelope and a stamp are not THAT big of commitment.
DX Stations: Unless I need your card I will not originate a card to you. I answer every card I get from the Bureau but usually wait until I have a hundred or so to do If you QSL direct please include an SAE and one IRC or one US Dollar to cover the cost of return postage. Alternately you can send some of your local paper currency equivelant to about one dollar, my wife likes collecting it. If your currency is very ornate you can even get away with sending way less than a dollar LOL!! If you send me a card without an IRC or a dollar the reply willl go out via the Bureau.
73 de Bill ND0B
Picture of me in the shack a while back. In the process of several changes tothe equipment and the layout, new pic soon. I recently tore the shack down to bedrock and put it back together. It is amazing how many unmarked cables can accumulate in 30 years.
Four Element Steppir with dual 30/40 meter loops on HDX-555 tower that went up November of 2012. The Steppir was originally on my TX-455 tower whiich now has my week signal antennas. I was smart this time and mounted the Steppir on a TiltPlate, marvelous product.
Weak signal antennas on TX-455 tower. From bottom to top
M2 6M7 (has been replaced by an Innovantenna LFA-8, new pic soon), M2432-9WL. M2 2M12, M2 222-5WL:, M2 23CM35 all fed with LMR-600.
This tower went up November of 2010 and originally had the Steppir on it. Weak signal antennas were installed summer of 2012.
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