Hello from sunny St Croix in the US Virgin Islands!
I just put up a website and blog at http://wp2xx.webs.com/ - visit and tell me what you think!
I am a former communications specialist in U.S. Army, after which I spent time in broadcast radio, both on the air and in engineering (that's small-market radio for you). I am an award-winning homebrewer and fully-qualified professional brewmaster, having made beer in microbreweries and brewpubs all over eastern PA. I and my wife Kass own a business catering to costume historians. Visit our websiteto learn more.
My station is very simple.No towers, no beams, no amplifiers, no automation. Just a guy and a 100w rig. Right now my station consists of: IC-7000; SGC-239 ATU; Palm Portable Paddles; MFJ Switching PS; RigBlaster Plug&Play; a computer; and a whole bunch of homebrew wire aerials. I change them like I change my socks. I like tinkering with antennas.
Holy cow! I'm DX!
Now I am DX, I'm beginning to understand the other side. Please take it easy on me while I learn the ropes. I try my best to live up to The DX Code of Conduct; if I miss the mark, drop me an email or tell me on the air. Seriously. I want to know when I goof up, as that's how I learn.
The image above is me on the left aboard the schooner Roseway in Gallows Bay harbor in Christiansted, St Croix, USVI. It's a school ship on the register of National Historic Places. Click here for Roseway's story.
If you need KP2 for an award or something, email me and we'll see about a sked. If I can work that band/mode, we can give it a try!
What I Like
I've been concentrating on the WARC bands on CW and phone, and I just got into PSK and RTTY. If you work me on PSK, please, please PLEASE don't send me a long macro with 3,000 words about you, your family, your station, all your clubs, your various on-air award numbers, your cat/dog/hamster, ad nauseum. Even if I was interested in what clubs you belong to or what beta version of some obscure softare you're using, that kind of thing gets in the way of more people working USVI on a fairly rare band/mode combo. If I'm calling CQ DX, keep it short and sweet. UPDATE: I just put up a 6-meter beam, and I'm looking forward to working some weak-signal stuff. Look for me on that mode.
I have always had a love of QSLs and QSLing. I enjoy the individual works of art adorned with QSO information and callsigns. If you send me a paper QSL, you WILL get one in return, provided you follow these simple methods.
My logs are regularly uploaded to Clublog and LotW. I AM NO LONGER UPDATING EQSL. Paper QSLs are sent and received through the Bureau.
I also do a TON of direct QSLs. I do, however, have a few requirements for direct QSLs.
DO include an Self Addressed Envelope. SAEs are mandatory for everyone. Self Addressed STAMPED Envelopes are mandatory for USA stations (USVI uses regular US postage, so you statesiders get an easy QSL with a Forever stamp!). SASEs are recommended for everyone if you can get US postage in your country (US$1.10 as of 27 JAN 2013). If I have to use my own envelope your response goes to the back of the line, and I won't reply without an envelope. Envelopes are necessary because the US Postal Service prints bar codes all over everything, and there's no point to a QSL ruined with bar codes.
DO include a couple of "green stamps" if you're not from the USA if you can't get USA postage. QSLing is expensive, so your green stamps are appreciated if you can't get US postage. Please no IRCs- the local postal employees don't know how to handle them.
DON'Tput callsigns on envelopes with cash money inside. A callsign on an envelope is a dead give-away that there's something inside to steal. The goes for return envelopes, too. Sad to say, but some postal employees are less than honest.
I feel bad about posting QSL requirements, but I get a LOT of cards. It would be impossible to keep up without these requirements (as well as prohibitively expensive). I really, really appreciate your understanding.
Member - Frankford Radio Club - http://www.gofrc.org
Yes, I'm a contester. ;) Thanks for all the contest QSOs!
73 de WP2XX
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