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NEW:    I will be operating from Guantanamo Bay as KG4HF from 20 Feb - 06 Mar 2015.


Welcome to my QRZ page.  I like to travel, and operate from distant locations, as you can see below.  I am happy to QSL via almost any route.  I currently use Clublog, LOTW, and the Bureau.  I also upload confirmations to eqsl when I have time.  I prefer all the digital modes, and have started to renew my cw skills in the last year.

DX can QSL through the Clublog OQRS facility, or direct to above address with $2, please NO IRC or Stamps from DX, DX cards received without $2 for postage with your SAE, will receive cards via buro, The USA has decided to stop selling IRC's, so please no more IRC's, Thanks.

US stations please send SASE with forever for US.

Pet Peve:  I love to operate RTTY from DX locations, and a pile-up needs to be split frequency.  Many stations that are used to single frequency contests, only send thier call sign twice, and then wait long periods to see if I call them.  On CW this works fine, but on split frequency RTTY, it presents frustration for both of us.  Please understand what is happening on my end with time.  When you call, I first need to find you (as a clear/strong signal) in the pile,  This takes a couple seconds, then I need to mouse my decoder over to your signal, and let the compuer begin decoding your callsign, for another few seconds to get a full call.  Only then, when I have a full call, can I reply to you.  So the real factor is Time, not the number of times you send your call.  A short call like W1AW does not take much time, and is gone before I get to it when sent only twice.  Where a longer call say, WA1AWW takes much longer,   Then when you send a call, and you did not hear a response after, please do not wait minutes before you call again.  If I have found your signal, and have the decoder sitting on where it was, I can not decode any other station, and I am left wasting time waiting for you to respond.  Many times after a reasonable time, I will tune in another promising signal and abandon yours, because I do not know when you will answer, and the qso is lost, and all are frustrated.  So the simple answer in RTTY pile-ups, is to send your callsign several times depending on the length, a 1X2 call can be sent 6 times in the time space a 2X3 call is sent 3.  Then once you send it, check to see if I answered you (or someone), wait about the same length of time of the transmission, and send again until you hear me responding.  Once I call someone else, please stop until I send QRZ again.  I want to work you as bad as you want to work me, and with the above in mind, it can be a much more pleasant experience for both of us.

I enjoy all the digital modes best, and then CW is second. I upgraded the rig to a K3 while at Dayton last year, and really enjoy it. My IC-7000 is currently active at my daughters house since she recently received her General ticket (KK4PHS). I just received my Flex 6700 after the long wait, and now will begin to learn how to use it.. Once I get the 6700 running and am comfortable with it, I plan to move the K3 to the suitcase for dxpedition trips. My favorite antenna is still a Granite States Dipole, which I have used very successfully on each of my dxpeditons over the past few years. I have found it easy to put up and operate from, and always an appriciative local ham to leave it with when I depart a dx location. I use Linux as a stable operating system with Fldigi form the software modem and logging. I enjoy chasing (and working) DX.

I grew up in California, where I was licensed as a teenager, and I have lived in Virginia for the last 30 plus Years, I have kept the license plate hanging in the garage, to remember growing up in Calif.

I traveled a lot during my working career, and some of my past callsigns have been, on Okinawa KR6WT and KR6SS, and after 1972 KA6SS, Korea HL9UU, Germany DA1DI, and DXpedition to Marcus Island (Minami-Torshima) in 1977 as KA1S. KA1S logs are now in LoTW for any that did not get a QSL.

I operated as FP/W6HGF from 14-27 March 2011 Saint Pierre & Miquelon on a one man DX pedition focusing on RTTY and data modes. All QSO's have been uploaded to LOTW, and direct qsl to the home call will be returned as time permits, and qsl to bureau is Ok, but very slow. This trip was so much fun I hope to return in the near future again.

I Operated as W6HGF/KH0 from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands from 21 September to 29 September 2011. My focus was on RTTY, with the CQ WW RTTY contest durning the weekend. QSL best by LOTW, but direct is OK and bureau is OK, but very slow. was able to make over 3000 QSO's even with a huge Magnetic Storm right after the contest. This was my second DxPedition this year.

I operated as ZD8F from Ascension Island from 8 Nov to 21 November 2011. I made over 8000 QSO's, mostly RTTY, and participated in the WAE RTTY contest during the trip. My partner Tom, K7ZZ operated as ZD8ZZ, and we had a great time, operating on all bands from the Garden Cottage at 2500 foot level of Green Mountain, with a clear view of both USA and Europe. We did not get much sleep, the pile-ups were so much fun, and I hated to break from them just to waste time sleeping.

I went back to St Pierre et Miquelon Island over 10-20 February 2012. We had very high winds and cold blowing snow. Both of my antennas were blown down during the storm, and so I lost a little time, but over 4000 contacts were made, in spite of the cold I caught putting the antennas back up in the wind. I operated in both the CQ WW WPX RTTY contest and in the ARRL International DX contest CW while I was there. I was able to make over 100 qso's on 160 during the ARRL contest. My website for the dxpedition is at http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf/FP_W6GHF_2012.htm

I had a great Dxpedition was to the Beautiful Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ( J8 ) where I operated from Jan 9-25 2013 and completed oveer 3K QSL's. The website is at http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf/j8-index.html with some notes and pictures of the local hams we talked with about increasing activity there with digital modes. My callsign was J8/W6HGF. I tried to operate mostly RTTY, but a lack of stations, and long periods of CQ ing, persuaded me to work more CW that I normally do. As a result my cw skills have improved, and I made a lot more contacts by going to CW.

I went later in 2013 to Guantanamo Bay to operate as KG4HF along with KG4WV (W4WV) from 11-25 October 2013. My focus was on RTTY, and also worked some CW and a very little SSB. Bill KG4WV took care of the SSB demand. We worked all bands with the antennas available but focused on the higher bands since they will be less available once the solar cycle declines. All the logs have been uploaded to LOTW and Clublog and OQRS is now available for QSL on Clublog. More information at: http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf/KG4HF.html

My Website with more info and pictures is at http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf

In Feb 2014, I went back to Miquelon for the third time, and operated in the blowing snow, and very cold weather.  The expedition website is at http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf/FP_W6GHF_2014.html

I operated from Aruba during the CQWWRTTY contest this year during the last week in September.   I will operate as P40/W6HGF outside of the contest, and as P40HF during the contest..  I will be joined by an old friend Jim Gulvin W4TMO, who was also a member of our 1977 Dxpedition to Marcus Island (now Minami-Torishima JD1) as KA1S operating from the Coast Guard Loran C Station that was there on the island.  This will be our first meeting/dxpedition in 37 years.  I am looking forward to it.

Check your QSO at ClubLog:  https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/P4/W6HGF

While I do not have any current plans for the next dxpedition this year, I am investigating several potential opportunities. I do plan to go some place in the next year and am open to ideas.

73,  Al

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