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I reply to QSL cards immediately, usually via same way they came. smiley I also upload to LoTW before the end of each day except for the Missouri QSO Party. Then I upload when I submit my final log and merge it into my main log.

As a teenager, I had an interest in electronics but never pursued it. Later, as my son was turning 14 my XYL gave us both a Radio Shack 200 Electronics Experiments kit. That led to me buying and repairing old broadcast radios, and then finally to amateur radio when my neighbor gave me his non-working Lafayette Comstat 25A CB radio (which gave my my first encouter with an exploding capacitor), CONAR test equipment from the old NRI, and an 80 meter transmitter chassis that he never assembled but that I finished from a schematic. A few more encouragements by others to get my license and word of a class being given by the Monsanto Amateur Radio Association finally got me into the hobby. Thank you to all the Elmers along the way.

My station:

Alinco DR135MKIII 2meter transceiver with internal TASCO packet TNC for APRS removed and stored

Cush Craft AR270 2M/70CM vertical on tower

2 meter J-Pole in storage

ICOM IC-746PRO tranceiver

RigBlaster Plug N Play interface with FTDI USB to serial adaptor cable

HP 2000 Notebook compute with Windows 10

MFJ 1270C packet TNC and FTDI USB to Serial adaptor cable to ICOM 746PRO

Elecraft KX1 QRP transceiver

Yaesu FT757GX backup transceiver

Small Wonders Labs HiMite 20 QRP tranceiver

N8XJK Super Battery Booster

DieHard Battery Charger

90 AH Deep Cycle Battery

Heathkit SB220 Amplifier

Heathkit SB610 Monitor scope

MFJ J989-C Tuner

MFJ 948 Delux Versa Tuner 2

Hy-Gain Ham-2 Rotator with brake delay in the controller

Mosley TA-33jr Tri-Band beam antenna

US Towers TX-438 Crank-Up/fold-over tower with 10ft mast (I'm getting too old to climb trees anymore) and yard arm for the open sleeve dipole now in an inverted V

Homebrew Tri-band open sleeve dipole (from W6SA handbook) for 20, 30 40 meters (see picture) responsible for 60 percent of my contacts on all HF bands including 80 meters and a few contacts on 160 meters plus a few more on 6 meters

Dead Norway Spruce tree in my yard and America Elm tree in my neighbor's yard for dipole end supports

Heathit Cantenna Dummy load

FLDIGI, WSJT-X Digital software

N3JFP logging software suite

Outpost Packet Message Manager software

RMS Express HF/VHF radio email software

One lid, me

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