Above:His Majesty King of Spain Contest and ARRL Field Day 2013 on the beach in Bradley Beach, NJ (Monmouth County, FN20xe): Icom IC-703+, running 8 watts SSB into a Buddipole "L" configuration. QSOs from Venezuela to Spain, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia across North America from the Caribbean to California - thanks to all who heard me - what a blast!
Thanks for our QSO and for visiting my QRZ page! It is/was great to talk with you and I hope we will have the opportunity to do so again in the near future.
My current interests include chasing DX and contesting, primarily SSB phone and RTTY, with more CW now too. I began operating RTTY in 2010 and really enjoy it. Most recently, I've been enjoying narrowband weak-signal modes such as JT65A and JT9 - thank you, K1JT, for giving us these modes!
On May 9, 2011, I finally upgraded to the Amateur Extra license class and love being able to operate in the full range of frequencies available to US amateurs. The practice tests on QRZ.com were instrumental in making this possible and I heartily recommend them to anyone who wishes to upgrade.
I QSL 100% in the Logbook of the World (LoTW) and upload QSLs immediately following every operating session. If you have not yet tried LoTW, it is worthy of your evaluation. I have found it works well and it is very enjoyable to see QSLs that can appear in a matter of only hours! You do not need to be a member of ARRL to enjoy the benefits of LoTW.
You can learn more about LoTW at this URL: http://www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world
I am also very happy to send QSL cards to those who enjoy that mode of confirmation, as I do too. I welcome cards from hams and SWLs as well and will respond to all. I will return QSL in the same mode in which I receive it. For example, if you QSL direct, you will receive my QSL direct, or if via Bureau, I will return QSL via Bureau (Bureau will take time, months probably, even a year or more in many cases, so please be patient if you use Bureau). You do not need to send a SASE, postage or an IRC. I am currently "Good in Bureau."
I also now upload to eQSL.
My shack configuration is:
For Portable Ops:
NOTE: If you work me portable, please log my callsign as given during the QSO, usually "KC2LST" when I am in 2-land. When I upload to LoTW, my profile for that operation will report the correct grid square and county information for my QTH at the time.
I have been quite pleased with the capabilities of the WA2NAN True Talk G5RV Jr., having confirmed 240 current DXCC entities with them thus far.
In mid-2015 an Elecraft KAT500 automatic tuner joined the operating lineup. It matches very quickly and accurately, and operates in lockstep with the K3 to immediately change bands and adjust to the last known good match upon QSY. I now spend more time enjoying amateur radio and no time tuning. The MFJ-998, which does not currently have an interface for the K3, can't do all this.
In late 2015, a KPA500 amplifier from Elecraft was added to the shack. This was particularly a fun kit to build and I marvel at the engineering prowess that went into designing and producing this amp. The silent PIN diode switching makes a sheer joy of operating CW when additional oomph is called for. The amp is completely silent except when cooling is needed, which is seldom when operating CW S&P. And having 500+ watts available for JT9 and JT65 on 80M and 160M makes previously impossible DX contacts happen (and yes, I am very careful to monitor soundcard levels to prevent splatter). The fan will run often and at higher speeds in this high duty-cycle service.
All the Elecraft products were built from kits and each was a smooth and fun experience. I recommend the kit mode for anyone considering purchasing an Elecraft item.
The ALS-600 amp, now mostly kept as a backup, was purchased used and at one point the magic smoke blew out of two of the MRF-150 FETs. The PA was repaired at Ameritron, who discovered improper procedures were used to previously replace those FETs. I am very happy with Ameritron's repair service. They did a great job and the amp has never worked better, years later. I replaced the meter lights with Phil Salas' LED modification and they are nice and bright and won't need changing again.
The AlexLoop Walkham, mounted on a photographer's tripod about 5 feet above the sand, has yielded some amazing contacts across western Europe on 15M SSB in 2013. I use an A/B switch with an MFJ-259B antenna analyzer for fast QSYs both in-band and to other bands. Being a few feet from the Atlantic Ocean certainly helps! I've also operated "driveway portable" with the AlexLoop and had great results that way as well.
73, thanks for the contact, and hope to see you again soon!
BURO QSL UPDATE: A big thank you to all hams and SWLs who have sent QSL cards! I appreciate receiving them! I have replied as follows:
Vy 73, Tyler
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