County: Essex (NJ)
Are you in the log?
East Coast North American pilot station for VP8STI/VP8SGI
I will be handling pilot duties for eastern North America for the Intrepid DX Group's upcoming double-header DXpedition to South Sandwich and South Georgia islands in January-February 2016. Before emailing me, please note the following guidelines:
So, what should you be e-mailing a pilot station about? Missed propagation opportunities, audio or signal-quality issues, DQRM and similar matters and anything the team can do to maximize the chance for QSOs during limited-time windows to certain geographic regions. Unusual propagation openings, unusual paths, etc. Please use the e-mail address (above) and I will pass along the appropriate information to our chief pilot. He, in turn, will relay the pertinent information to the team on the islands via sat-phone. Remember: NO "AM I IN THE LOG" INQUIRIES WILL BE ACTED UPON. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS (because we don't have the logs!).
Thanks for your understanding, and good luck in the pileups!
DXCC and CQ-WAZ Card Checker
QSLs from W2IRT, W2B (July 2008 only) or VE3THX:
If you are requesting a QSL by direct mail from outside the United States, please enclose a self-addressed envelope and either $2 US, one new (un-expired) and properly-stamped IRC or $1.20 in US Postage stamps. I will also happily reply to all bureau cards.
I am the letter O sorter for the US Second District incoming QSL bureau and a member of both the North Jersey DX Association and the Frankford Radio Club (GO FRC!).
I was first licensed in Canada in August 1979. My wife and I moved to the United States in 2000 and I began operating on HF in August 2001 as VE3THX/W2. I got my US license (Extra-class) in 2002.
My HF station consists of an Elecraft K3S/P3 combination, along with an Ameritron AL-1200 legal-limit amplifier. This is feeding into a Force 12 C31XR for 10, 15 and 20m at 72', a Force 12 2/2/1 for the WARC bands at 85 ft and a two element Force 12 Delta 240 on 40m at 75' AGL. All three antennas are mounted on a 70 foot tall motorized crank-up tower. I'm running an inverted vee for 80m with the apex at the top of the tower, an Inverted L for 160 transmit, a K9AY loop for 80 and 160 receive and a 5-element Yagi for 6m at 37'.
You'll typically find me adding to my DXCC award totals on all HF bands (DXCC 9 bands/3 modes, 2700+ DXCC Challenge and 333/336 entities in total). I also have the 5B WAZ award at the 196-zone level. Please look for me in CQWW and the ARRL International DX contests where I usually operate SOAB, and in both the CQ and ARRL 160m contests.
My wife and I live in West Caldwell, NJ, about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan with our wonderful cats. In addition to amateur radio I'm interested in trains and railroading (I have written a book depicting all the tracks of the New York City Subway system) and I'm also a licensed private pilot.
73 de Peter, W2IRT
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