QSL Info: Direct to the above address is okay, however, LoTW is preferred. A self addressed return envelope is not required if sending cards direct, but will expedite the return process. I also have envelopes on file with the ARRL's incoming DX QSL Bureau should you prefer that method. All QSO information is uploaded to Logbook Of The World on a daily basis. The service is free and saves the cost of postage. If you worked W5ABC today, your confirmation data is probably already waiting for you via LOTW at: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/ .
Bio Info: Married for over thirty-five years to XYL Cindy, with four grown children, four beautiful grand children, one large golden rescue dog and one very independent orange Maine Coon cat. Yes, the cat and dog do coexist nicely.
Over 45 years experience in broadcast engineering. Currently employed as Director of Engineering / Chief Engineer for a group of six New Orleans area radio stations (4 FM's & 2 directional AM's).The "flag-ship" station, WWL 870-AM, is a 50,000 watt"flame-thrower" that broadcast on a US clear channel covering most of North America. Confirmed DX reception reports of 870-AM have been received from all parts ofthe world. We recently formed the "WWL Radio ARC", listen for club station W5WWL now on the air from the 32nd floor of our office building in downtown New Oerleans.
I have been a licensed Amature Operator, and ARRL Life Member, since the mid 60's (originally as WA5VCF). I returned to the ham bands in 2007 after many years of inactivity. I can be found on 160 through 2 meters, usually on SSB, but have also been experimenting with various digital modes while also trying to regain some degree of proficiency on CW.
Rig and Antenna Info: The rigs are an assortment of vintage Heathkit & Icom equipment from my early years in ham radio, including an upgraded and refurbished Kenwood TS-820S. All HF antennas are home brew resonant wire creations that, for the most part, favor a Northeast / Southwest path from New Orleans. The best performer on the lower bands is a full wave 80M horizontal loop. The loop is constructed in a square configuration and fed with 450 ohm window line. When used with a balanced output antenna tuner, it resonates & performs well on most HF bands. A steerable wire "V-Beam", based on a March 2011 QST article, also performs well on 20M and up. An old 80 Ft (24.7M) Rohn-25 tower provides partial support for the various wire antennas, and will eventually support a 3 element Step-IR Yagi and 1 or 2 VHF/UHF antennas (when my Power Ball numbers finally hit! Hi-Hi ).
Future Plans: I'm working on a shunt feed system for the Rohn tower, which should also function very nicely as a low radiation angle 5/8 wave vertical on 40M, if I ever get the existing guy wires insulated. Iím also in the planning stages for a home brew 160-6M, "legal limit" Amp and nested full wave, window line fed vertical loops for 40M and up.
Iím Looking forward to eventually retiring from commercial broadcast engineering, and spending more quality time with the XYL, grand children, pets and on the ham bands (although not necessarily in that order).
New Orleans is one parade crazy city. We have hundreds of them every year from the big annual city wide Mardi Gras blow-out to numerous smaller neighborhood events. Beads, Beer and fun in the streets are the constituent ingredients. Thats' me on Saint Charles Ave for the 2014 Saint Patricks' Day Parade. The sign doubles as a bead catcher, mask and elevated support for a dual band HT antenna! (Hi-Hi)
Thanks for stopping by & 73 Joe W5ABC
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