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I like CW the best. Most of the time I operate with a single lever key. I also enjoy using a Czech Army straight key. I’m learning to use a side swiper. I support the DX Code of Conduct. 

I learned Morse Code and Russian in the military. My Elmers while I was posted to Ft. Devens (in 1992) were NF7R and WA1RHP. I made my first QSOs as KD4JXI/1 from the ham shack in the Navy Barracks. WA1RHP helped setup the shack in our barracks. It was a Kenwood TS-450s with a long wire antenna. I spent most weekends (sometimes all night) on that radio. I learned a lot. Most of the ops I QSO'd with used straight keys or bugs. Everyone had a unique keying style. Many times I would know the operator before he signed his call just from the way he keyed. After years of inactivity I returned to the radio in 2013.    

Building my own equipment and antennas is one of the aspects of amateur radio I enjoy. I'm starting over at a new home (9/2016). I moved from a small city lot to a smaller city lot. Part of the fun of being a radio amateur is experimenting. It took me 3 years of experimenting with antennas at my last QTH until I was happy with the coverage (6 band DXCC). My current antenna farm consists of a 75 foot OCF dipole at 25 feet and an inverted L. The L lets me work 160M. I monitor improvements to my designs through signal reports and the reverse beacon network. For non contest QSOs I give accurate signal reports and appreciate it when I receive the same.


I have a modest station but I like contesting and chasing DX. Through tenacity and the willingness of DX stations to pull my weak signals out of the noise. I have worked over 190 DXCC defined countries. I have confirmed QSOs with 182 of them. I have been awarded WAS for CW (#58,441) and DXCC for CW (#14,213). I worked W1AW/x in all 50 states on CW. Currently I’m focusing on improving my operating skills on 80 and 160 meters. I’m also teaching and bribing my youngest daughter to get her ham ticket.

If you want to work a specific region of the world. Learn about the modes and propagation that work from your QTH to that part of the world (CW is always a good choice). Talking to other operators, SWL, and HF propagation modeling have helped me achieve my goals. Joining clubs that share your goals and interests will help you progress too. How many different countries, states, or counties can you work? None if you don't get on the air. I have ham friends who are always telling me about their grand antenna / operating plans for next spring, summer, whatever..... In a week with an inverted V. I worked 29 DXCC entities, 26 states, and 16 CQ zones. I'm only saying this to make a point. Get on the air and operate with what you have. You will be amazed at what can be accomplished with very little equipment.


My QSL Policies -Please read.

I will QSL via ARRL Bureau, SKCC Bureau, LOTW (preferred for DX), and mail for 2 way QSOs. I upload 100% of my QSOs to LOTW, and as a courtesy to eQSL. Please send me an email if you are waiting on a LOTW QSL. I will check my log and correct any problems found. I answer 100% of QSL requests sent to me. A SASE is nice but not necessary. I only receive/ answer bureau QSLs once or twice a year. My latest bureau shipment was sent to the ARRL outgoing QSL service on September19th, 2016. I'm preparing my next shipment for the end of February 2018. Family matters have put me behind in my bureau responses. If you need a QSL sooner please send me an email. I will be more than happy to send you a direct QSL card.

Clubs and Associations

The ARRL, SKCC CW Club #11016S, CW OPS #1330, The Russian CW Club #895, The Flying Pigs QRP Club #3321, The QRP ARCI Club #15450, The FISTS CW Club #16491, The NAQCC QRP Club #6827, The Bulgarian TRC CW Club #78.

Thanks for looking me up. I hope we had a nice QSO.

73, Scott KD4EE

Links I find useful:

Reverse Beacon Network

Space Weather

HF Systems

NC7J Dx Cluster

Cluster Directory

Online CW Trainer

Voacap Online HF Propagation Prediction

Super Check Partial Database Files

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