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QSL: LoTW preferred, eQSL, direct, bureau

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I strongly prefer electronic QSL, but I will send direct/bureau when I receive your paper QSL. No SASE necessary...if you send me yours, I'll send you mine. Logs are uploaded multiple times per week to eQSL as well as LoTW. 

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I know that US guys aren't highly sought after on JT65/9, but if you see me calling CQ K2RWF QRPP, please consider working me. I frequenly run CQ on JT modes with 500mW, and all the way down to 10mW when calling QRPP. I operate portable frequeny from FN22vk, in the Catskill mountains in Upstate NY (Preston Hollow, Albany County). These logs are uploaded to LoTW. Should you require a paper QSL to confirm this gridsquare, please indicate so when QSL'ing direct/bureau. If you work me from FN22, I'm portable using a battery box and simple wire antennas or a magloop. 

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I'm currently the President of Tri-County Radio Association, as well as a member of the NJDXA and FRC. I am a primary sorter for the W2 bureau with NJDXA. Go FRC!

Check out my YouTube channel!

Current HF setup is a Flex 6300 with a KPA500 amp and KAT500 tuner.  The shack is run off a single Astron SS-30M power supply. Using a Rode Procaster mic into a DBX channel strip (EQ, compression, and expander/gate), and then into the Flex.

HF antennas are a homebrew horizontal 80 meter delta loop, a broadband K4KIO hexbeam (20/15/10/6/2), and a homebrew fan dipole (30-17-12). The delta loop up around 45 feet, and is fed via coax to a 4:1 balun. The hex is up about 30 feet, and the fan dipole is oriented in an inverted v, up at about 30 feet. All antennas are resonant, so no need to use a tuner. I use the KAT500 for automated band/antenna switching.  Local 2m/70cm is on homebrew Texas Potato Masher II antennas. I've managed to get all of this up and running with minimal interaction despite my property size being a mere .14 acres. The very tall, sturdy oak trees lining my property aided in this effort tremendously. 

Portable/remote operations - IC7100 from a homebrew battery box. Antennas include the following homebrew antennas: QRP and QRO magloops, G5RV, endfed with 9:1 unun, and wire dipoles. 

K2RWF/M - IC7100 barefoot with an assortment of Shark FM Mini and MFJ Hamsticks, and an SBB-5 for VHF and UHF. When stationary mobile, I use the MFJ-1979 telescoping whip antenna for 20-10 meters, as well as an MFJ coil to load 40 and 80 meters. 

Please feel free to view my live stream of my station, which is often on when in the shack. 

I had found a RadioShack rotator for $30 on sale at the local store for use with a future project - likely a 6 meter antenna. I added a Bourns pot and gear to the rotor, and built the ERC v.4 kit for digital rotor control. It is housed in a project box with a RadioShack 25VAC transformer, and can be controlled locally, or over the internet using the TCP server built into the wonderful PstRotatorAz software. I also use one of the ERC kits inside the Yaesu G-450 rotator for the hexbeam. 

This hacked up rotator, DDUtil software, and with the Flex's ability to be remotely controlled over WAN using an SoftEther VPN server has allowed me to work remotely as long as I have a decent internet connection or tethered to my LTE iPhone using MacBook Air (bootcamp Windows 7 Pro) and Yamaha CM500 headset. Assisting software is DDUtil, providing a useful AutoDrive function for setting band-dependant RF gain levels to drive the KPA500, and automatic antenna switching with the KAT500. 

I'm most active on 40m, 30m, 20m, and sometimes 15m and 10m. I especially enjoy sideband, JT65/9 (WSJT-X) and most other digital keyboard to keyboard modes using FLDigi. I enjoy the extreme QRP aspect of Joe Taylor's modes, and more often than not run JT modes using 500mW when band conditions allow. I also use Smart SDR's CWX, along with CWSkimmer and SDR Bridge to do basic CW and beacon decoding, although I'm an admitted dreadful no-code ham. I plan on learning CW in the comming years to round out my operating abilities.

The station and antenna masts are grounded to one 8 foot grounding rod, bonded to three 4 foot grounding rods, and then bonded to the home's utility ground. Lightning arrestors for all coax runs into the house are housed in a KF7P entrance box (highly recommended!) and bonded to this grounding system. I currently use an 8 foot piece of 1 1/2 inch tinned braid to a cold water copper pipe for a shack ground, which was an excellent electrical ground, but poor RF ground.

Lately I've been involved with RTL-SDR, which has opened up a number of listening avenues for very little money. Lot of fun listening from DC through 1.4 gHz. AMDX, HF/SWL enthusiast, trunked radio system monitoring (UniTrunker) and digital voice mode decoding via PC (DSD+). It's what got me into the idea of a Flex to begin with. 

Volunteer EMT since 2003 and I used to work as a Public Safety Telecommunicator for Morris County in New Jersey. I now work recruiting executives and mid/sr. level engineers in the semiconductor industry. 

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DX World Award#5725
Granted: 2017-07-31 19:08:01   (K2RWF)

United States Award#3012
Granted: 2017-03-31 20:10:02   (K2RWF)

Grid Squared Award#14222
Granted: 2016-10-27 11:40:02   (K2RWF)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
United States Counties Award#5073
Granted: 2016-10-27 11:40:02   (K2RWF)

Endorsements:
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Phone
World Continents Award#15659
Granted: 2016-10-27 11:38:02   (K2RWF)

Endorsements:
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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