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Welcome from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore!  Thanks for stopping by

NOTE:  If you do not send 73 at the end of our FT8 QSO, I will not put you in my logbook.  Please take the extra 15 seconds and complete the QSO.

And now a word from our sponsor:  73

If you're one of the many hams, old and new, who end your QSOs with 73s or 73's, please take time to understand the proper use of the term 7373 is a stand alone abbreviation which means "Best Regards". It is neither possessive (') or plural (s). If you want to embellish on the term, try "Vy 73 on CW or Very 73 on phone" both of which translate to Very Best Regards. NOTHING needs to be added to the basic 73 abbreviation.  Try it; you'll like it!

And now, on to the usual information.

QSLing K0JV:

Every QSO I make is uploaded to LotW, usually daily.  Direct QSL cards are always answered shortly after they arrive.  An SAE is very helpful and an SASE is even better and greatly appreciated if you can swing it.  I also upload my logs to ClubLog and QRZ.com periodically and QSOs through 2/17/2018 are currently available.  Please do not send confirmation requests on QRZ.com.  I will reject them because the QSO will be confirmed and the request is redundant.  NOTE:  Although I am eQSL (AG) I do not use eQSL.  I will only respond to your eQSL request after I receive your confirmation on LotW.  I am glad to confirm your eQSL request but 9 times out of 10, if  I confirm via eQSL without getting an LotW confirm first, I never get a LotW confirmation at all.  Since I am working for various of the ARRL awards, getting confirmations on LotW is important to me and when you only confirm on eQSL, it has no value to me.  Do us both a big favor, please.  If your primary method of QSLing is eQSL, please sign up and use LotW along with eQSL plus all the other ways you confirm your QSOs.  And finally, although the cost of using the buro has caused many to stop using the buro, I will continue to answer cards received thru the buro until such time as I can no longer afford it or I get my WAE 1st class wallpaper, whichever comes first HI

My favorite mode without question is CW.  I enjoy chasing DX whenever I can hear it and it can hear me and working the CW contests now and then.  I also enjoy working members of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) where I have finally gotten to Senator level (8406S).  That said, I can work phone & most of the digital modes on 80-6 meters (but not 160 or 60 meters; no antennas) as well.  If you need a South Dakota QSO, I'd be glad to try and work you.

I got interested in shortwave radio in the early 1960s by listening to the floor model Philco AM/SW radio that my grandfather owned. When he wasn't using it to listen to the major league baseball and hockey games, I managed to listen to the SW broadcast bands and the Los Angeles PD which was in the 1700 kc area in the late 50s.  In 1963 I painted my other grandparents house and purchased a Lafayette HE-30 and matching speaker with the earnings ($79.95).  I taught myself the code the wrong way (recognizing the written dots and dashes) but it was enough to pass the Novice test (dated 4/9/1965) and get on the air with my newly constructed Knight-Kit T-150A transmitter and the HE-30.  Passed the Conditional exam just 5 months after getting my novice thanks to Al Thomas W0VP (SK) and Jim Rachetto (WA0JBZ).  Without them, I'd probably still be a SWL!  Sometime later, I passed the Advanced and finally, on the 3rd try, I passed the Amateur Extra in 1976.  K0JV became my permanent callsign in May of 1978.

There have been periods of inactivity through the years but I've never let my license expire and have always had equipment in the shack even if it was gathering dust instead of spreading electrons.  I got really interested again in 2005 and have been going strong ever since. 

Over the many years I've had more than a few different rigs from Heathkit, Kenwood, Icom and Yaesu.  Currently my station is Kenwood and Yaesu:  TS-50S for digital, TS-2000 for CW & phone, TS-130S and Yaesu FT-857D as backups.  Antennas are an ancient HyGain 18AVT trap vertical, dipoles for 80/30/17/12 and a 6m aluminum tubing dipole.

My grandson Austin, KD0SGC, has been licensed since June, 2012 and earned his General in 2014.  However, he has lost insterest due to work and the almighty dollar HI and would rather spend his free time doing other things.  Hopefully time and interest will return and he will get back on the air before too long.

During the fall & winter months I'm trying to get a little closer to 80m DXCC:  With only 34 countries confirmed there is a long, long way to go.  A less-than-ideal antenna makes it difficult but maybe one day HI

One final comment:  Please take a few moments to update or complete your QRZ.com bio and info page.  Even if you don't want to create a bio, please keep the information regarding your QTH, grid and QSLing choices updated.  I try to read your information pages when I work you so your current and correct information is interesting and useful.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to work you soon. 73 from South Dakota!

 

 

 

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K0JV
Latest Contacts for K0JV at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
KD8VSQ 2018-02-17 30M FT8 EN82AA United States Jeremy A Downard
KA9JAC 2018-02-17 30M FT8 EN54QG United States ROBERT J GEDEMER
WD9HSY 2018-02-17 30M FT8 EN61 United States BRIAN J BEDOE
WO4G 2018-02-17 17M FT8 EM72IP United States JOEL F TOMLIN
KG2C 2018-02-17 17M FT8 FN30BQ United States Milen Bourilkov
W4KEP 2018-02-17 17M FT8 EM97TF10 United States CHARLES W BOSTIAN
KK4A 2018-02-17 17M FT8 EM62WI United States JAMES H MEACHAM, JR
KI4YY 2018-02-17 17M FT8 FM17EN United States BLAIR MASSEY
K0PT 2018-02-17 17M FT8 EM94JD United States Paul E Travis, Jr
WB8VSU 2018-02-17 20M FT8 EM79WP18 United States JAMES A BACHER
NI0S 2018-02-17 20M FT8 DM43CK United States NORMAN A TRAMBA
KF6QH 2018-02-17 20M FT8 DM13je United States JAMES M FRANKLIN
KE5TD 2018-02-17 20M FT8 EM35SC United States GARY D YARBROUGH
N1VF 2018-02-17 40M FT8 CM87 United States BENJAMIN S GELB
K4VBM 2018-02-17 40M FT8 EM73VX United States ROBERT G HENSEY, JR

Book Totals: 33584 qso's   22184 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM


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DX World Award#5466
Granted: 2017-05-13 19:34:02   (K0JV)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#2689
Granted: 2016-07-21 03:50:02   (K0JV)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 500 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 1000 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 500 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 1000 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
  • 250 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#11333
Granted: 2015-11-29 06:15:02   (K0JV)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#9924
Granted: 2015-11-29 05:45:03   (K0JV)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
    80 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 40 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
United States Award#1634
Granted: 2015-11-29 05:45:02   (K0JV)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
    80 Meters Digital
    Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 30 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
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