QSL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIGHTHOUSE AND ISLAND CONTACTS:
NO LOTW, eQSL or QRZ.com LOGBOOK !
Please QSL ONLY via the address above WITH a Self Addressed STAMPED Envelope (S.A.S.E.). DX stations, an S.A.E with ONE greenstamp is fine or via the Buro. Various travel expenses, such as fuel, highway/bridge/tunnel tolls and overnight stays, are incurred putting on these lighthouses and islands. Having to provide your return envelope and postage should not be one of them. Thank you for your consideration.
GENERAL QSL INSTRUCTIONS:
I am OK via the Buro or Direct with S.A.S.E and proper return postage. I DO NOT participate in LOTW nor do I respond to QRZ.com LOGBOOK requests or eQSL requests. Sorry, but life is far more simple this way.
Keep an eye on this space for announcements on future lighthouse and/or island activities.
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017: Activated two lights from Thomas Point Park, just south of Annapolis, MD. The THOMAS PT. SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-845, is clearly visable from the tip of the park, about a mile and a half out in Chesapeake Bay. The second light was THOMAS PT. LIGHT, ARLHS USA-1292 (H). The (H) refering to its historic nature as the original land-based lights built around 1825 no longer exist having been lost to erosion over the years. They were located on land that, at one time, was part of Thomas Point.
My adventures in radio began in the late 1950's when I spent countless evenings shortwave listening in front of a Hallicrafters S-38E receiver (which I still have), later up-grading to the SX-110. Following high school graduation in 1962, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where I served ten years as a radioman (ZUT #1044) in such places as South Florida (NMA27, NOM), Washington, D.C. (NMH) and Honolulu, Hawaii (NRPY, NMO). Once settled down following my discharge from the service in late 1972, I resumed SWLing for a time, but really missed working CW to the point that I finally earned my Novice ticket in October, 1989. My very first contact (on CW of course) was a DX station and I've been hunting DX ever since. Following my up-grade to General, island and lighthouse hunting have become my primary interests.
My current equipment is rather modest; an Icom 756 PRO III running barefoot to a tower-mounted Cushcraft MA5B Mini-beam about 30-feet above ground. Although a victim of antenna restrictions for many years, I've done rather well, having confirmed over 305 DXCC entities, 666 IOTA islands and 657 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with 1,307 confirmed thus far.
I've done some island activating here along the East Coast for both IOTA and US-I for some time now, but recently my focus has centered on activating lighthouses for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS Member # 278). On these outings, I currently operate portable using an Icom 7000 (replacing my venerable and ultra-reliable Kenwood TS-50/AT) with a Hustler mobile antenna system mounted on an Alpha-Delta Outpost tripod. This arrangement has worked out really well, allowing me to make contacts with such far away places as Australia, South Africa and parts of Asia. To date, I have activated over 35 islands and 80 lighthouses ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia. At the 2009 ARLHS Convention, I was the proud recipient of the first ARLHS Activator of the Year Award. In March of 2016, I achieved what I consider to be a milestone....my 200th lighthouse activation.
A Rhode Island native, I now reside in Maryland, just west of Annapolis. In March 2006 I retired from Honeywell, the last of several aerospace contractors I worked for during my thirty-one years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. My last position was as a Flight Operations Director for two earth-orbiting satellites: the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer/Earth Probe Satellite (TOMS/EP). The UARS spacecraft, placed in earth orbit from Space Shuttle Discovery in 1989, was turned off in mid December, 2005 after fourteen years of collecting critical scientific data pertaining to the Earth's atmosphere. The disabled spacecraft eventually returned to Earth, disintergrating in a huge fireball over the South Pacific Ocean in late September, 2011.
Thanks for reading and I hope we meet soon on the air.
73, Jim UNQ
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