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QSL: DIRECT $2 minimum via post or 2.50 euro minimum via PayPal

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I am not a member of the radio society and do not have access to the buro. There are only two ways to QSL. Use the log applet below to be sure you are in the log. You can email me to check and correct any error or omission if necessary.

1. QSL direct, covering my costs of replying to you and enclosing a return envelope. Current Irish postage rates mean a minimum of $2 is required. This will cover up to 9 QSOs - if sending for more contacts, an extra $ is needed. Insufficient or no postage means no reply. Any extra $ helps towards costs of operating, cards, etc. No pre-paid envelopes, stamps, coin (European stations can send a 2 Euro coin if they wish), e-cards. From 1st January 2017, I cannot accept IRCs.

2. Send a PayPal payment of  a minimum 2.50 euro  to erik.ei4kf@gmail.com using "friends and family" option if possible (it is ok if not available)

or use the secure link below

Go to https://paypal.me/ei4kf and enter in the euro amount to send me the payment, minimum 2.50 euro

VERY IMPORTANT - Send an email to erik.ei4kf@gmail.com giving the QSO data. Time, Date, Band, Mode, and your Callsign. I will then send you a QSL direct.


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Licenced since 1985, as G0CGL I worked and confirmed all DXCC entities (No 1 Honor Roll, achieved 1993, first G0) with all or nearly all entities confirmed on every band except 6 and 160m (100+ those bands).  In October 2011, I relocated to EI and started activity as EI4KF. My current QSL card shows nearby Lough Arrow. Lough is pronounced 'lock' and means lake.

I am QRV 160m - 6m on SSB, CW and digital modes. If you need EI on a particular band or mode, email for a sked. I can be QRV most times to suit you. 

Hexbeam: 6mtrs - 20mtrs; Rotary Dipole: 30mtrs; Vertical on 12mtr Spiderpole: 40mtrs; OCF Dipole: 60mtrs; Vertical on 18mtr Spiderpole: 80mtrs; Inverted-L on 18mtr Spiderpole: 160mtrs.



80m / 160m: In the 2017-2018 winter DX season, my frequency for JA on the long-path will be 3506 or 3507 +/- QRM from about 0800z. I shall also be QRV 2030z on 160m CW and at 2130z for 80m FT8 short-path JA.

You will also find me calling CQ JA on FT8 mode, 3573 at 0800z, depending on CW activity. Answer SPLIT! At 7 November, I have already worked LP in FT8 on 80m @ 0830z which is 45 minutes after my sunrise.

Last season I could have worked more JAs on 80m and 160m but some ops make themselves too difficult to work. Follow these tips below if you want EI on 80/160 CW and will call me in the 2017-2018 season:

1   Match my speed. I send at 19-20 wpm and if you send at 25-30 wpm I will not copy you because that is too fast for my CW ability and also too fast for low band conditions.

2   Send your callsign 2 times. One call is not enough in the QRN.

3   Spread out. I always listen +/- 100Hz. So, if I am on 3506.0 then call between 3505.9 and 3506.1

4   When there other stations calling, do not call for a dupe QSO (same band/mode). 


JT65 / FT8

1 On JT65 and FT8, I call CQ DX or CQ AS or CQ JA and do not work any Europeans. Please respect directional calls. On FT8 mode WSJTX typically decodes a maximum of only 2 stations on the same DF. Therefore EUs should never respond to my CQ DX or CQ AS to avoid QRMing. 

​2 FT8 80m for JA - please call me SPLIT!

3 Do not call for a dupe JT65 or FT8 QSO on the same band/mode. I will ignore you.


On 6mtrs, I use only my Hexbeam and so it was an amazing morning on 9 June 2017 when I had a very rare opening to Japan. The picture below, courtesy of Arihide JI1WTF, shows some of the QSOs that I had on JT65 with Japan. 8 JAs went in my log: JA9SSB, JG1TSG, JR1AIB, JM1IGJ, JE1BMJ, JR1LZK, JI1WTF and JA0RUG. Fantastic! A 9th JA, JH6VXP, was worked on 21 June. Next year I will put up a 5 element LFA yagi for 6m and I hope to work more JAs.


If you made a QSO with me but your callsign does not appear in my log search, please email to check and have any log error corrected. Especially on 80m, there are some busted calls but I am happy to amend my log if you let me know.

The log is in real-time for SSB / CW except during contests.



QSL card update: As at 15 November 2017, all cards received with an envelope + sufficient return postage,

together with PayPal QSL requests, have been answered.


Statistics for EI4KF

9354 QSOs with Japan (10 October 2011 to 10 October 2017)

JA QSOs by MODE (Other = FT8)

Total QSOs by BAND (Other = 4M)

Total QSOs by MODE (Other = FT8)

Analysis software: ADIF Filter v4.0.0 by SP7DQR


Above: latest shack layout August 2016 with new transceiver, Expert Electronics MB1 SDR.


View looking north: L to R are 160m inv-L; 80m vertical; 40m vertical; Hexbeam and 30m rotary dipole.

The main display of the MB1 3-screen extended desktop, showing the ExpertSDR2 software.

The DX Spots come from local CW Skimmers, DXClusters and Swisslog logging software. Each outputs to the Panorama and to the band map from 'Software Defined Connectors'.


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