I am not QSL manager for WRTC call sign K1L See WRTC2014.org
During 2014 a contact with W3IZ is worth 50 points in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.
See QSLing below.
Ham radio has been quite a journey so far and I have made many nice friends along the way. I enjoy operating and all of the things that go into building a station. Over the years I have moved about and built several stations each time learning different things. The most important advice I can give anyone starting out is don't cut corners and do it right the first time. I prefer spending my time on the air, not repairing things.
One style of operating that I find most enjoyable is campsite portable. The days of schlepping a small radio to a mountain top are behind me. Now I operate from the comfort of our small camper. While I have big antennas at home I still find it exciting to be able to contact another Amateur Radio operator in the USA or around the world with a simple wire antenna in the woods. ARRL Field Day is one of my favorite on air activities so camping with ham radio is like playing Field Day any time.
Operating Field Day 2012from ENY in our camper. Operating from a campsite in Virginia in 2002.
I am a member of the ARRL, the Frankford Radio Club and the Southington Amateur Radio Association. I enjoy contesting, DXing and casual operating on the HF bands.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania my wife Debbie, N3ZXF and I currently reside in Bristol, Connecticut (the home of ESPN.) Any time we get back to Philly we make sure we get a cheesesteak.
The picture below with the tag line "you wuz robbed" in an inside joke only a true Philadelphian will understand.
Some highlights of my ham radio career have been teaching license classes and watching many of these new ops grow and go on to become active hams, club officers and volunteer examiners. I have had the pleasure to meet people from all over the world and have been able to show some of them the wonderful things we have in the United States. Ham radio has also taken me to other places where I was able to be a visitor rather than a tourist.
When not playing radio I like to hunt and fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors.
Goose hunting in Maryland. Sunrise on the pond from the goose blind.
Since the beginning, technology has changed with every new decade - spark, CW, tubes, AM, SSB, solid state, digital, SDR and who knows what is over the horizon. The one thing in Amateur Radio that has remained constant is people. Regardless of the mode or band it is still just people connecting with people.
"If you didn't get your QSL from LoTW your wuz robbed."
Logbook of The World preferred. It is the fastest, most economical way to confirm a contact when chasing awards.
Paper QSL cards are a huge waste of time, money and energy however some people collect them as a hobby. I do not. Once a QSL has been turned in for an award I throw it in the trash.
Currently overseas postage is $1.10. Add another $2 or $3 for IRC or "greenstamps" and you are spending a lot of money for a piece of cardboard. Basic DXCC can cost you over $400 in QSL expense. 5 Band DXCC QSL expense could potentially exceed $2000 going direct.
Logbook of The World will save you thousands of dollars in QSL expense. It is free to download and upload and easy to use. In fact, many logging programs have integrated LoTW into the software making uploading and downloading seamless.
Visit www.arrl.org/lotw to get started. It's easy and it's FREE.
If you really want or need a paper card for your collection I will send you a paper QSL card.
All QSLs received direct with SASE or $1 will be answered immediately. No IRC please.
Anything received without return postage is discarded. Please, save yourself the time and trouble and use Logbook of The world.
The QSL Bureau is slow and QSL cards often arrive years after the QSO. It is just the nature if the system and in no way is a reflection of all the wonderful people who donate their time to sorting and packing QSL cards,
I don't collect QSL cards. I don't accept cards from the bureau. Don't waste your time and money sending me cards via the bureau because they will never reach me.
Check to see if you are in the log then use the OQRS to request a QSLcard via the QSL bureau.
Zoe is our little Shi Tzu.
I enjoy building my station. I built this desk and shelves. In fact I built the entire room in the basement. There are seperate electric feeds for the radio and other equipment and a 240 VAC line for the amp. All coax feeds are in a race behind the wall.
The transceiver is a Yaesu FTdx-3000D driving a QRO Technologies HF-2500DX amplifier. All antenna switching is done automatically using Top Ten Devices band decoders and relay boxes
Outside is a 60 ft free standing Trylon tower with a Bencher Skyhawk tri-band Yagi and a Bencher Skylark 12& 17m Yagi.
The 40m four square project was fun to build and it really performs well. In the photo you can see a doe and her fawn out in the vertical field.
Modified Butternut HF2v for 80m & 160m.
Other antennas include dipole for 30m and a doublet for80m fed with homemade 600 ohm ladderline.
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