I go by my nickname "Skip" (pre-radio). Officially 'retired' now! Did a stint in the USAF '72 ~ '77, ground radar (303x3).
These days I'm often prowling the bands for JT-9 contacts. Some nights I'm playing radio with the great bunch of folks from the 3905 Century Club.
The major electronic cards - LoTW & eQSL daily for digital , QRZ weekly.
Sorry, Hard card generation suspended till Spring 2017.
I don't QSL with US contacts that require a SASE unless it's a special event station with a really top card. If you can afford ham radio you can afford a dang stamp, I did! If you're on a net like 3905 CCN you can cut your postage costs to about a nickel a card (1963 1st class rates) by using their bureaus.
I'm good in the 3905 Century Club, OMISS and HHH QSL bureaus.
JT-65 & JT-9 contacts are uploaded to LOTW, eQSL (AG) daily via ACL. QRZ gets updated about weekly.
My original HF radio is an ol' hybrid Kenwood TS-830S that I bought off eBay. My brother (N0HGA) recapped, retuned and basically rebuilt it for me. I got it back home on 12/29/2012 and took my general test on 12/31/2012.
In early June (2013) I came back from a hamfest with a TS-940S radio. A new fangled 'modern' radio (to me).
Another quantum leap with a TS-590S in Jan 2014. On my 2nd one now.
In May 2015 - reinstalled the old IC-206H in a recently aquired ol' beater Mazda PU truck along with a new TS-480HX, a used Lil' Tarheel II screwdriver and used SDC 102 programable controller. Having a blast with /M HF. Worked a bunch of contacts from Nashville (TN CAP) and on the way home the TX-AR line from TexArakana. More recently (July 2015) meet up with a friend (AE4NT) in LA to work the 3905cc nets in the LA CAP and up at the LA / MS line the next night.
Updated Sept 2016: Shack Stuff that's (come and) gone - TS-940S, AL-84, AL-811, SB-1000, LK500-ZC, MFJ-898C, Dentron ST+, LDG AT-250 ProII, Nye-Viking MBII, Scorpion II 2m Quad, Diamond SX HF meter, Gallon of Oil Dummy Load, TS-590S, Palstar AT2K, Palstar DL2K, ACOM-1000, another 'Gallon of Oil', TS-590S and a pair of Kenwood HS-5 headphones.
What has stayed for some time now - 2nd TS-590S, ACOM 1000, TS-830S, AL-80A, various meters and headphones, an EV PL-24 mic on short boom w/ N0HGA industrial stomp switch. I like the ElectroVoice PL-24 'nuff to have aquired a backup.
I also have a 2m Kenwood mobile (TM-281) mounted in the shack.
Currently have an Alpha Delta DX-CC (75/40/20/10) in a slightly inverted V config with the center @ 35' and the ends at around 25'. There's Tram 1480 omni at 29' on the garage roof. On the other end of the garage is a 6 band NA4RR Hex beam with the base at 41.25' so the 17m elements are at about 43'. The Hex has been a real joy and doing a lot of JT-9 with it now.
Deutsche leute, mein Ur-Ur-Großpa kam aus südlich von Karlsruhe. Eine kleine dorf Malsch-Sulzbach. Ich habe schon in Malsch (1990's) gesammelt und Kopien von Kirchenbüchern zu verfolgen meines Vaters Seite der Familie über 7 Generationen zurück. Ich war auch in der Nähe von Kaiserslautern für ca. 2 Jahre in der Mitte der 1970er Jahre.
At the bottom are some pics. At some unknown browser window width three pics should be side by side in a row. First pic taken during my year of working in Beijing in 2004. Middle pic is mini-me. Last pic is on a loaned bike in India, from 2010.
A couple pics of the scrap lumber radio shelves out in the garage / office / man-cave / shack below.
Equipment changes since these first pics: +TS-590S, -TS-940S, -MFJ-989C tuner, +Palstar AT2K, +Palstar DL2K, -Dentron Super Tuner Plus, +Vectronics Tuner, +another TS-590S +Electric Voice PL-24 on a short boom. See later pics further down.
The LK500 is up at the hospital in Dallas for a 75m problem and a SWEET Acom 1000 is sitting in it's place. Somday I'll get off my tail and get new pics.
Disappointingly no pics of when the SB-1000 was on the amp shelf with the AL-80A.
Some more recent pics... but now these are even out dated. Will have to shoot a couple and replace all these soon.
The QSL cards... well most of 'em.
Tuners, dummy load and some wallpaper (mostly 3905cc).
Two leg plumbing. 1) TS-830S, AL-80A, Vectronics Tuner and a couple meters. 2) TS-590S, ACOM 1000, Palstar AT2K, meter. Each leg feeds to 2 way switch which controls which is hooked to 4 way antenna switch.
The ol' TS-830 / AL-80A gets fired up about every other month, usually 75m SSB.
I gotta tell ya this ACOM 1K is hands down the best amp I've ever owned. It's also the first NEW amp I've ever owned!
Had to put a bigger monitor at the OP position (eyes just ain't what they used ta be).
My wife gave me the money to order one of these for myself on my B'Day Feb '15. Special ordered one with just red LEDs in the tube bases. Just arrived from Russia. I've always thought these were cool. Just have to leave the little switcher PS on now. Set to Zulu time of course ;-)
My ol' car now owned by #2 son down in North Houston and the basis for my new /M only QSL cards being printed by UX5UO.
QSL Cards... roughly chronologically:
Bureau card (2012), image not found -
Bureau card (~April 2013) -
Direct Mail (~June 2013) -
Xmas SE (Dec 2013, missing image) -
Direct Mail (~Nov 2014) -
Xmas SE on yellow card stock (Dec 2014) -
Cards after this are designed for a stick on QSO lable that I can print for 3905cc net contacts. Optionally a larger addy lable for directs (backside) can also be printed.
Updated Bureau card (~Feb 2015) -
New Mobile Only cards (June 2015) -
My buddy Blue 2/28/2003~4/30/2016
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