QSL direct to above address with $2, no IRC or Stamps for DX, and SASE with forever for US.
NOTE: US postage rates went up again in Jan 2013, so DX Stations please include $2 for postage with your SAE, otherwise cards go via buro, The USA has decided to stop selling IRC's, so please no more IRC's, Thanks.
When at home I am Currently enjoying PSK31, RTTY, and many of the other digital modes. Station is modest IC-7000 with dipole or Vertical up in the trees. Software is Linux-Fldigi. I enjoy chasing (and working) DX.
I have lived in Virginia for 30 Years, Kept the license plate hanging in the garage, to remember growing up in Calif.
Held past callsigns 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 Graden 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
My most recent 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 athttp://www.qsl.net/w6hgf/j8-index.htmlwith 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.
My Website with more info and pictures is at http://www.qsl.net/w6hgf
While I do not have any current plans for the next dxpedition, I am investigating several potential opportunities. I do plan to go some place in the next year and am open to ideas.
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