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QSL: BUREAU, DIRECT, EQSL, LOTW

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You can email me at leo(@)bims-seminars.com (take the brackets away !! )

JUNE 2015 UPDATE

Good news for the yagi, it is now repaired and back on the 40  feet pole. This is probably still a bit temporary, but I am  glad that signals are now back to what they were before loosing the beam in the storm.

Hope to hear from you. You'll mostly find me in the CW portions of 10-15-20 meters

 

2014 update.

A sudden very small tornado swept my place and destroyed the beam, as well as many trees. This happened end of August 2014.

I am considering putting back the beam, but most likely will do it next year, 2015, on a proper tower. In the meanwhile, I am still operating, mostly in CW, using two dipoles one 2X10 m (40 and 15 m) and one 2X15m for 20 meters. These long dipoles (2X 3/4wave) have a nice 6 pole diagram and allow me to work most directions with a decent signal on 15 and 20. The combination somehow works quite well on 17 meters too.

Hello to all.

I am 58 years old and started as ON6VL around 1972. I have been very active years ago, mostly interested, at that time,in DX on 10/15/20 meters. Many of you may find my call in old logs from the 70's and 80's.

 

I have stopped most activity in the 90's (although operating regularly in CQ WW with OTxP) and I decided early 2009 to set up a station again.

So I installed a Butternut HF6V with quite a few radials in the ground, and I bought an ICOM 756 PRO III. And I was happily back on the air,. A few months back I added an ACOM 1000 amplifier that helps a lot on the phone band.

In the summer of 2011 I finally put up an OPTIBEAM 11/3 which you can see in the pictures. That clearly boosts my signal substantially as compared to the vertical (although it's only at 40feet/12m heigth), and I am enjoying again some nice chats with the US or pile-ups from Japan. For some reason I am getting very strong reports from stations in the pacific/oceania area, which is great.

I have finally printed QSL's , but I am especially committed to LOTW. If you can, please upload your files to LOTW. If you are not famimiar with, I recommend you check out the system (just google LOTW) and hopefully start using it..

You can also check my log on line and see if I am on the air here :http://mobile.hrdlog.net/ViewLogbook.aspx?user=ON6VL

I am a Physicist and work in the field of Polymer Physics for a large company. I also teach at Brussels University and have my own training business.

I play a bit of Jazz guitar (mainly standards) and play at occasional gigs in a quintet set up.

Thanks to my son, my other hobby (a bit dormant right now though) is Astro Photography of D.S.O. (Deep Sky Objects), like nebulae or galaxies. Check out lower the shot of galaxy M51 we took a while back with a fairly simple set up.

 

And here is the Orion nebula, probably the most stunning object you can photograph quite easily in the winter sky in the Nothern hemisphere.

 

73's Vito

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - ON6VL
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dedateband mode grid Country op
IK5ZWU 2014-02-02 160m SSB JN53vb Italy WALTER ANDREI
TR8CA 2014-02-02 10m RTTY JJ40ql Gabon ALAIN COMBELLES
LZ1OJ 2014-02-01 80m CW KN22qp Bulgaria DON DONCHEV
TF3SG 2014-02-01 80m CW HP94ac Iceland (Gudmi) Gudmundur Sveinsson
N4ART 2014-02-01 10m PSK31 EM77op United States Art
KD5YZQ 2014-02-01 10m PSK63 EL09sp United States Mike
AG4CG 2014-02-01 10m PSK63 EL87ow United States Alfred
LU3ARE 2014-02-01 10m PSK63 GF05sj Argentina Juan
KA1SAW 2014-02-01 10m PSK63 FN42eh United States Neal
FT5ZM 2014-02-01 12m CW JJ00aa Amsterdam and St Pau Amsterdam Island
OX3LX 2014-01-31 160m CW FQ57jl Greenland BO GERONNE CHRISTENSEN
W1AW/0 2014-01-31 15m CW FN31pr United States ARRL HQ OPERATORS CLUB
K4FWJ 2014-01-31 15m CW EL88sd United States ART L KOBRES
KS0M 2014-01-31 15m CW EM48au United States RICHARD C WHITE DICK
KA3NZR 2014-01-31 15m CW FM09vn United States HARRY W WEISS, JR

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