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QSL Notes:

  • Paper QSL cards = Please mail DIRECT. (Postage and SAE appreciated, but not necessary). 
  • E-mailed QSL cards = Please ALSO CONFIRM via LoTW (and eQSL / QRZ).
  • eQSL = Yes, but rarely checked.
  • LoTW = I think it's working, still trying to figure it and the logging softwares out.

I'm just getting started with things, and would love to see all the wonderful QSL designs you guys and gals have to offer.  I will do my best to return a QSL on any paper QSL cards (or requests) that I receive, though I may be a bit slow in doing so from time to time.  Also, I'm on a limited budget, so postage and a SAE (Self-Addressed Envelope) are always helpful (but not necessary).

I am also new to both eQSL and Logbook of the World (LOTW), so I may be slow to confirm those contacts as I learn.  Current status on electronic logs: Still sorting through the options and configurations.


Location Notes:

I seem to like operating mobile or portable, and expect to do so even on HF (at first, at least).  Most of my non-mobile operations will likely be from grid squares EN22lh or EN22li, and unless I'm outside of my home zone (CQ 4 or ITU 7), I may forget to mention it.

So if you're hunting grid squares or counties, you may want to confirm my location during the QSO.


Now... On with my story:

I have been a mostly inactive ham since upgrading my Novice ticket to Technician back in February of 1991.  Only getting on packet once while visiting a fellow ham.

I joined amateur radio to meet great people from all over the world, and to be able to communicate while mobile.  While the advent/proliferation of the Internet and Mobile Phones have diminished my need to use amateur radio for these purposes, the desire is still there.  As I've grown more experienced in life, I've added Emergency Communications and Community Service to these goals.  And although, I've never really given thought about it - the experimentation, equipment, and education have always been a part of my desire to be part of this wonderful experience.

If you hear me mess up, remember that although I've been licensed for decades... I'm still a new ham when it comes to experience - so... please, let me know how I can be a better operator.  I'm always open to any good and great advice that all you more experienced Hams are willing to share.

While visiting the "local" Field Day 2014 - I was bitten by the DX bug, and was encouraged to upgrade my ticket.  I spent the next couple of months reviewing the theory that I once knew, relearning formulas, and absorbing the rules and procedures.

In mid-August 2014, after nearly 23 years of letting my Operator's License "collect dust", I passed both my General and Extra exams.

Now, to relearn my Morse Code.

I want to thank many of my fellow Amateur Radio friends and club members for helping me find and acquire equipment (and knowledge).  Thanks guys!

Other things that draw my interest (and the lint from my pockets): Computers; Off-Roading (mainly mud-slinging and trail rides); Photography (especially at night, and lacking a decent camera to catch the true beauty... day or night); and Disaster Preparedness (not Doomsday Prepping, just generally being prepared).

As with everyone, I'm doing the best I can with what I have, and of course, trying to try hard to better my health and life so that I can enjoy life more.  Part of that enjoyment comes from meeting new people and visiting with old friends. So, thank you!

I hope to work you all soon!

I'm a proud member of:
Coon Valley Amateur Radio Club of Audubon, IA ( http://www.coonvalleyarc.org/ ).
Buena Vista County Amateur Radio Club of Buena Vista County (Storm Lake), IA ( http://www.bvcarc.com/ ).
100 Watts and a Wire (http://100wattsandawire.com/)
And here are some pictures:
Operating under the clear sky, waiting for the stars to shine. 2015 Aug 24, 00:40 Zulu.  You can't really see it in the photo, but there's a view of the lake from here.
The sloper, my first HF antenna at QTH 2 inside Lake View, Iowa. July 2015.
It slopes to the SW from the apex (towards AZ).
Sunrise over Blackhawk Lake in Lake View, Iowa.
Iowa weather... wait five minutes, it'll change.  Rural Sac County, Iowa.
Beautiful sunrise over Blackhawk Lake (Left) and picturesque draw near QTH 1 (Right).  Lake View, Iowa.
Misty morning prairie near QTH 1 (Left), and small portion of nearby wind-farm (Right).
Rural Sac and Carroll counties in Iowa.

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