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My friends call me Dan.

I've started logging my QRP QSO's to a different call.  If we've had a QSO where I've used K4SHQ/QRP then please send your QSL to that callsign for QRZ, LoTW, and eQSL.

I spend a lot of time using the JT series of digimodes.  I really enjoy the exchanges and am somewhat forgiving if the other op makes an error or sends a message out of sequence.  I have to be that way because I've made plenty of unintentional errors myself.  What I won't do is log a QSO that is incomplete.  As a minimum I need to exchange call signs, location, and signal strength with some acknowledgement that my QSO partner has that same information from me.  I'd like to get a "73" message but if I know the exchange is complete, I won't insist on it.

I enjoy getting paper QSL cards.  My wife enjoys seeing them also, even though she is not a ham.  If you are kind enough to send me a QSL card, I will be happy to send you one of mine.  No SASE or postage is ever needed.  I have the same policy for DX cards.  If you will send me yours direct, I will be happy to send you mine and no SASE is needed.  There may be a few DX QSO's where I will be willing to provide QSL postage both ways, on a case by case  basis.

First licensed in early 1960 as a novice and was issued WV6KEI while living in Quincy, CA. That license lapsed.

Received a Technician class license while serving with the US Army in Japan in 1977 and was issued the WB6SHQ call sign but used KA2DM under the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) that allowed US Servicemen with any FCC Amateur Radio License to have full privileges in Japan.

I returned to the US in 1979 and retired from active duty in 1980. Once stateside I didn't become active again until 2008. In August 2008 I upgraded to General Class and in October 2008 I passed the Extra Class written.

Update: Late October 2008 received the K4SHQ callsign.

Retired from Lockheed Martin in 2007 as a Senior Software Engineer. 

My other hobbies include aviation (I am a Certified Flight Instructor), computers, shooting (not hunting).

I mostly use a Apache ANAN-100D SDR feeding either a DXE-MBVE2 vertical with 34 radials or an Alpha Delta DX-EE mounted as an inverted V @ 30 feet that covers 40/20/15/10 meters.  I have a lot to learn from it and you may find me on 40/20/15 or 10m and running JT65/9, FT8 or PSK31.  I also have a Yaesu FT-950 that is used as the mood strikes me.  I learn more about the QRP world from a Peaberry V2 SDR.  The Peaberry is a kit built TxRx with a nominal 1watt out.  The Peaberry uses an Elecraft T1 antenna tuner and an mWattmeter II digital power meter. 

EPC # 19240

I find I am spending a significant amount of my operating time on JT65/9.  I try to use low power, usually not QRP levels but sometimes I'll use the Peaberry V2 @ around 900mW.  Take a look at this website, (courtesy of another ham), that I thought would be of interest.  It provides a calculator that gives you some idea how far power can be reduced and still have effective communications.  Here is the link:http://dwestbrook.net/projects/ham/dBCalc

Thanks for looking me up.  I hope that means we have had a QSO, or will have shortly.

Dan Malcolm - K4SHQ






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