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Greetings!

A QSL is guaranteed via LoTW and eQSL. I'm not a huge fan of eQSL but I upload regularly.

LoTW is the preferred QSL path. It's easy and works very well. All DX stations need access to LoTW and I believe it's free from the ARRL.  Much easier than using the buro or direct (cheaper, too!). 

Even though I'm relatively slow with paper cards I will eventually send a card back. SASE/Green Stamp not necessary but appreciated.

The Station:

Rig: Flex 6500; Amp: Ameritron AL-811; K4KIO Hex Beam @ 30ft, GAP Challenger DX ground mounted; 80-10M OCF Dipole @ 28ft; Keyer: Palamar Engineering IC Keyer MK V; Paddles: Begali Pearl, Vibroplex Cube, and Bencher BY-1; Headset: Heil PSE-6; Microphone: Heil PR-781The Begali Pearl is the best CW key I've ever owned or had the pleasure to use.  Finest quality craftsmanship. 

Coming this spring/summer:  50ft Universal Tower.  The tower base is poured and will be ready for the upright tower soon.  The hex beam will be on top at about 55 ft with an MFJ-1785 rotatable dipole for 40-80 meters just below at about 50 ft.  See the base construction photos below. The hole for the base is just a little larger than recommended but the 8 cubic yards of concrete should do the trick.  There will be at least a 30m dipole and a VHF/UHF vertical hanging from the tower, too.  Looking forward to having the installation completed.  Hopefully before the end of the summer. 

Hope to see you on the bands. Thanks for taking the time to check out my page. Gud DX!

73.

Tom

Associations:

QCWA #35850; CG CW Operators Association: ZUT #1604

Awards:

DXCC Mixed #46,287, DXCC CW #13,212, WAS #56,957, WAS Digital, WAS JT65

WPX Mixed, Mixed NA and Mixed NA Digital

My CW keys.

Tower base for the 50ft Universal Tower:

Not good.  Not sure why the guys failed.  No broken guys or anchors pulled out of the ground.  Probably not enough to support the weight during the wind storm last night.  Oh well.  Now I have incentive to finish my tower installation.

8/3/2015 - still off the air due to this failure.  The guys didn't fail but due to the wind conditions the antenna spiraled down.  I live next to a hill and the wind was coming from that direction.  I think that the winds were swirling around and basically just caused the mast to fail in a spiral.  Oh, well.  This was a temporary set up anyway. 

Now my OCF is basically draped on the ground for the most part which doesn't do much in the way for a low angle of radiation.  I still plan on getting the tower up as soon as I can but it's looking like it may be later in the year than I'd like.  Hopefully before the end of August.  I'm going to put my VHF/UHF vertical on the tower at 40 ft next to where I'm going to hang my OCF and a new 30 meter double bazooka. I have an i-Gate/WX station (Microsat WX3IN1 Mini running APRS/I-Gate/WX) on VHF.  Now if I transmit at all on HF it's at about 10 watts on JT9.  The SWR isn't all that bad with the OCF on the ground and PSK reporter shows that I'm being heard in Europe when the 20 meter band is open.  I normally keep the rig set on 20 meters JT9 during the workday.  Looking forward to the day when the tower is back up and I'm operating at 100%.  


 

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United States Award#483
Granted: 2015-02-01 00:20:01

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#1908
Granted: 2015-02-01 00:16:03

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  • 5 Band CW
  • 40 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    10 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    10 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
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    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
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DX World Award#594
Granted: 2015-01-30 23:37:24

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  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
Grid Squared Award#1685
Granted: 2015-01-30 23:37:12

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Digital
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