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I have assumed the duties of QSL manager for Jerry, KE9I (SK 15 OCT 2014). This includes KE9I, DL/KE9I, YN2I, K9IZ, N9QX and P40QX. QSL via buro or direct to W9ILY.

I operated from FS before and after CQWW-SSB in 2015 as FS/W9ILY. Use Clublog to request your FS/W9ILY QSL direct or via the QSL Bureau if you wish:

Use Clublog to request your W9ILY QSL direct or via the QSL Bureau if you wish:




I'm the Secretary/Treasurer of the Metro DX Club.The Metro DX Club sponsors the colorful W.U.S.T. (Worked U.S. Territories) award for confirmed contact with 14, 15 or 16 of those Territories. You will be proud to display this award!

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I have visited 36 DXCC entities but have operated from only five, C6A in 1992 and 1994, PJ4 in 2004, VE in 2005, both VO1 and FP in 2007 and FS in 2015. In 2010, I was very pleased to reach the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll as well as VUCC for 6 meters.

I was first licensed in 1957 as KN2YZI (very exciting at the time but not the best call for DX) and later as W4ZFG prior to obtaining my current call in the early 1960's. I am Web Master and Secretary/Treasurer for the Metro DX Club - W9TY (our WEB site is http://www.metrodxclub.com), a member of ARRL, INDEXA, NIDXA, CWOps and a QSL dispatcher for the W9 QSL bureau. My interests include DXing and contesting, particularly using CW and RTTY. I've been active as a mobile from many states and have well over 100 DX countries confirmed from the car using 100 watts and a vertical on the trunk.

I was active from Bonaire (PJ4) as PJ4/W9ILY from 22 through 28 Sept in 2004 with my friends K9MDO and N2WB. N2WB is a very active DXer. Be sure to check him out on QRZ.com! My activity included both RTTY in the CQWW RTTY Contest and CW. QSL either direct or via the QSL bureau or LoTW.

2007 was a busy year. In July I activated North Dakota on RTTY as W9ILY/Ø in the Summer NAQP-RTTY contest using my "vertical on the trunk" mobile antenna setup. I was fortunate enough to set the state record for NAQP-RTTY for ND!

I operated from Miquelon Island (NA-032) as FP/W9ILY in September, 2007 with Bob, K9MDO. QSL either direct or via the QSL bureau or LoTW or Clublog OQRS. Email requests for QSL cards should include date, time, band and mode. Cards will be returned via the bureau. We made 2,705 QSOs and had a great time.

In July 2008 I operated 6 meters for the first time and activated EN67 at Copper Harbor, MI plus other grids from my mobile setup. I had another fun trip.

I was on the road again in July 2009 for the NAQP-RTTY from NEbraska as W9ILY/Ø using my mobile setup. I am very pleased to say that I again set a state record from NE in the NAQP. Sadly, that record fell in 2014. I also made a few contacts in the CQWW-VHF contest from NE and IA grids.

I hit the road again in 2010, but only for a few months. I operated as W9ILY/9 in the February NAQP-RTTY and had a great time! However, plans later in the year changed as we moved to Morris, IL in EN51, Grundy County. Listen for a big signal from this great new location. The photo above will give you an idea of how my new Optibeam OB 9-5 looks on the US Towers TX-455 crank-up tower at 55 feet, my very first "real" tower. Its performance is simply outstanding! In December, 2013, I was fortunate to obtain a brand new ACOM 2000A amplifier that is completely auto-tune. What a great amp!

In 2015 I operated from (French) Saint Martin Island (NA-105) as FS/W9ILY in October with John, K9EL, Paul, K9NU and Guy VE2BWL for CQWW-SSB as TO1E. TO1E QSLs are to be sent to K9EL. For FS/W9ILY QSL either direct or via the QSL bureau or LoTW or Clublog OQRS. Email requests for QSL cards should include date, time, band and mode. Cards will be returned via the bureau. We had a great time.

I prefer QSLs either direct, via the Bureau, Clublog OQRS requests or LoTW. Please, NO E-QSL or QRZ.COM Logbook requests. Thanks!

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