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Lynchburg, Va., April 3, 2014. Lunch with some of the Southern Cross DX Net participants from Virginia.

Jack (W1FDY) and Larry (W4VES - SK Spring 2014) have shared net control responsibilities during the last few years.

The Southern Cross DX Net meets daily, 7-days a week, at 1100 UTC on 14.240 Mhz.


K4AWM Bio:

First licensed Jan. 1967 as WN3HCQ.

Current Station Operation:

Kenwood TS-590S, Ameritron ALS-600 Amp (as needed).


------------a 68 foot vertical for 80M, 30M 

------------a 160m inverted "L" 

------------3 element STEPPIR (30M-6M activated Oct 2016)

Operate CW, SSB and Digital on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters.

QSL: 100% via Logbook of the World (LOTW).

---- DX Stations: LoTW is preferred QSL route.  The last batch of cards I received from the buro took 1 to 3 years to reach me......this process is too slow when considering a return QSL via the buro of the same length in time.  In advance, appreciate your consideration and use of LOTW.   I will continue to respond to QSL's even though some are being returned marked "SK".

----North American Stations needing Virginia/Mathews County confirmation, LoTW is the preferred method but will respond to direct requests for a QSL card; Please include self addressed envelope.

Member: ARRL (Accredited VE), QCWA - Chapter 119 (#33875), 10-10 International (#38371); SKCC #5482

73s and good DX.




Winter at the QTH


The "Gray Line"/Sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay as seen from QTH


The Community Playground overlooking the "Hole-In-The-Wall" passage to Chesapeake Bay


Mathews County, Va. (factoids):

GRID: FM17ul


The Chesapeake Bay has more shore line than the west coast of the USA  (California, Oregon, Washington combined)

Mathews County population: 8,900

QTH is located on the eastern tip of what is called the Middle Peninsula, 60m/100km east of Richmond, Va.,  and on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Mathews was first sighted in 1608 by Captain John Smith during his exploration of the Bay. During the late 1700's and 1800's, Mathews county supported a major ship building industry.. Since early settlement, Mathews' residents have remained tied to the sea, serving in the merchant marine, and harvesting a living from the bounty of the Bay.

Today, there are no traffic signals in the entire county; all major roads pass us by; 84 square miles/140 square km makes Mathews the 2nd smallest county in the state of Virginia; however, with 214 miles/356.6 km of shoreline, its more than any other county on the Bay; Mathews County boasts having 2 old lighthouses.


GL DX , 73 & Tight Lines,



Gwynn's Island is out our back door via waterway; see:  







Image of a map


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