After a rough time in my life and self-imposed "travel ban" for the last three years to recover financially (unwanted/unnecessary divorce sucks!) I plan to begin international travel again.
Three trips are currently on the drawing board, one is in December, the other two likely in 2017.
I hope to be active on the air from one, two, or all three. (None are very rare, but they will not be from North or South America, or the Caribbean.)
Stay tuned for coming information....ticket in hand for Destination #1, December 2016. It will be a very short trip, yet a very long way from the USA. I hope to guest operate for an afternoon or evening (or two.)
*** QSL POLICY, PLEASE READ: Direct or bureau only please. The courtesy of an SASE or return postage is required for all direct cards. No IRC's please. Also, I don't need or collect USA cards, so USA cards without SASE/postage might or might not be returned via bureau. (Keep in mind the ARRL Bureau is not designed for stateside cards.) USA cards with an SASE will be answered immediately. DX cards received without postage WILL be returned via bureau 100%. Even then, be aware that it may take up to a year before I send outgoing cards.
If you want a card direct, please cover your own return postage - you'll get a quality card in return. If I want/need a card, as a courtesy I pay for my return postage and expect others to do the same. Sorry to be so direct about this subject, but I've found that if it is not in writing it is loosely followed.
LOTW, EQSL, etc: W9XY logs (after 5 July '99), C6AXY, and JY8XY logs available on LOTW. Note: HI7 operation of 2005 is NOT on LOTW as I only logged on paper. *I do NOT use E-QSL whatsoever. (Sorry).
Paper QSL manager ONLY for: C6AXY, KE9A/DU3, & JY4SK/JY5SK (and my portable HA, SM, & HI7 calls).
Licensed: October, 1976 as WB9YXY. Changed callsign to W9XY in December 1996.
Other calls: JY8XY (1986, '95, '96, & '97), W9XY/HI7 (2005), SM/W9XY, & HA/W9XY (2007), C6AXY (2012)
County: Marquette (rare one!).
Interesting Fact: The county seat of Montello is home to Wisconsin's largest tree! It's a cottonwood, measuring 23.2 feet (7M) around and 138 feet (42M) high!
QTH: Located between Portage and Montello, very near the boyhood home of John Muir, famous naturalist & Father of our US National Parks. http://tn.buffalo.wi.gov/
Main HF Gear: Kenwood TS-950SDX & Ten-Tec Titan II KW amplifier. (Life is too short for QRP!).
Spare HF rigs & Amp: Yaesu FT2000, Kenwood TS830S, and a Yaesu FT301D. (You can never have enough HF rigs either!) Backup amp is a DenTron MLA2500.
Alternate HF, RTTY/PSK31, and DXpedition Rig: Yaesu FT-857D and any of the above antennas is used for a "change of scenery" and the digital modes (which I very rarely work). This rig is also taken on holiday DXpeditions such as the C6 and HI7 trips. I usethe (tiny!) Paddlette BP key with it, just for fun.
Antenna Farm: Rohn 45 tower supports an M2 KT36XA (6 el triband yagi) at 83'/25M, and a Cushcraft 2 el 40M beam at 95'/29M. A Hy-Gain Tailtwister turns it all. On the low bands, I use inverted vees for 80 & 160M mounted near the top of the tower at 23 & 24M. For WARC bands I use my 2 el 40M beam on 17M (it works great!) and for 30 and 12 I have a Cushcraft D3W rotatable dipole which is fixed on the tower towards Europe at 21M. With exception of the low band inv-vees, this puts the HF antenna spacing at every 4M....(21, 25, and 29M). Fortunately, living in the country provides a situation where there is very little (or no) receive noise whatsoever on the bands. (*Antennas in photo below.)
VHF: Icom IC-2200 & Diamond X510M (duo-band, 17'/5M) vertical at 100'/30M. Also available, IC-2100 & Cushcraft 11 el yagi (vertically polarized) at 89'/27M. Note: Locally (for years) we have used and monitor 147.525 as a "DX" and/or "get-together" frequency. If you wish to reach me, please give me a call there. Be sure to use PL 114.8 when transmitting.
Keys: Three Benchers (one black, one chrome, and a Hex Key), two Vibroplex Brass Racers (one with internal keyer), two W5JH keys (a "Black Widow" & "ScQRPion" mini paddle), and a Paddlette BP reside in/around the shack. (Eight keys??! ... I love 'em all, especially the Hex Key!! You can never have enough keys!)
Have Visited: A6, JY, G, EI, GM, XE, C6, 6Y, HI, SM, HA, OE, VE7, and much of the USA. None for work or business; all for visiting friends, sightseeing/relaxing, being DX, exploring new cultures, and having fun enjoying new experiences!
Awards: 5BDXCC, 160M DXCC (236 conf), 80M DXCC (285 conf), 40M DXCC (343 conf), 5BWAZ (39 zones, still need Z22), and 160M WAZ (35 zones...need 22, 23, 24, 26, and 28), DXCC: Top of the Honor Roll since 2002, with every possible entity (country) in the world worked at least once, (Tnx to Ed, P5/4L4FN when he was in North Korea!). On 40, I only need BS, BV9P, P5, FT8W, and SV/a to have them all worked on that band. Though not in full pursuit of the DXCC Challenge, I have over 2,650 worked on all the bands (excluding 6M where I only have a half-dozen), although officially it's much more as I've never gone through my old paper logs or QSL's stored in boxes - one day I'll do that.
More: I enjoy CW and am a natural at high-speed Morse code. In the past, I've been clocked in excess of 50 WPM and have also been lucky enough to win the CW Pileup Contest at the annual W9DXCC Convention (in Chicago) several times.
Aviation: Besides DXing & traveling, I enjoy aviation. When not "on" the air, I like to be "in" the air. In the spring of 2005, I passed my flight exam and received my Private Pilot license (VFR). On rare occasion, I'll take my 2M HT and operate air-mobile while flying a Piper Cherokee (rental aircraft) out of the Stevens Point airport (STE).
My work: I'm employed by the local Sheriff's Department as an Emergency Services Dispatcher. My phone number at work is 9-1-1 !
My Motto: "Adventure is the essence of life". (Thanks Dick Rutan, KB6LQS, pilot of the Voyager aircraft; first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.)
My Theory on Life: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, rather than by the things you did." (Thanks Mark Twain)
Please visit http://w9xy.webs.com for more details about family, the station, and my DX'ing activities.
Tnx & 73, Bob W9XY
W9XY Antenna System:
Cushcraft 2 element 40M beam at 95' (29M)
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