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Colorado Connection (Statewide 2m system) Thursday NightNet Controller (8pm, 1 of several)

--- The Colorado Connection (http://www.colcon.org) is my home repeater system

Operating mainly from Denver area (posted FCC/QRZ information) bult also from near Lake George, CO, pretty deep in the mountains.  QSL cards and LoTW postings reflect the operating location.

============ QSL INFORMATION ============

I still think physical QSL cards are an important part of Ham Radio. However, after spending $600+ sending SASEd cards for every QSO my first five months of doing HF, I realized I needed a more practical plan!

Direct: No matter what, if I get a card from you and I had not originally sent one myself, I will reply to anywhere on the planet with no need for return postage, green stamps, or IRCs.  Give even the slightest hint on the QSO that you would like a card and I'll gladly send one too. If I mess up somehow and you don't get one, email me!  I still proactivley send SASEd QSL cards to many folk too if something about you or the contact was special, and certainly for the first few contacts to a new DX location.

LoTW: All contacts are uploaded to LoTW.  Not as much fun as cards, but very practical for awards. I do this at the end of  every day I make contacts.

Bureau: I'm in this for the long haul, long enough even for the Bureau!  For DX, I am using this more and more.  Feel free to use this too.  I respond to all cards from the Bureau too.

eQSL: Just starting to use it.  Not for awards, but just to be helpful to those who do use it for awards.  It is also handy to find out if I busted some contact information.

Originally licensed as a Tech+ in 1993, finally upgraded to Extra April 2013 and started playing with HF.  After several home-made antennas, favorite now is a 40m loop fed with an external antenna tuner usable for 40/20/17/15/12/10m.  For 30/6m I have a dipole on the roof.  I enjoy both ragchewing and DXing.  It is hard to show ragchew statistics, so below is all DX stats.  I  mostly use SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65 and am on attempt number three to learn CW.

Contact Tracking (July 10, 2016)

Category Mixed Phone Digital CW
WAS Contacts: 50 50 50 0
WAS Confirmed: 50* 50 50 0
DXCC Contacts: 167 151 106 0
DXCC Confirmed: 163* 145 97 0

DXCC and WAS Mixed confirmations are LoTW+Cards.  WAS Phone/Digital/CW are LoTW-only toward the Triple Play WAS certificate.

Awards garnered so far: WAS Basic, WAC Basic, and DXCC mixed.

Endorsements I could get but have not requested: WAS digital, WAS Phone, DXCC phone

-Fun QSLing statistics:


3661(July 10, 2016)

Number Sent: 3661 590 234
Number Back: 2180 529 88
Percent: 60% 90% 37%



Toy List (VHF/UHF) Yes, I like packet!

- Portable: Kenwood TH-D7, Yaesu FT-60, Yaesu VX-8G.

- Mobile: Yaesu FTM-350

- Base: Kenwood TM-D700

Toy List (HF)

- Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000 (smarter than me) with FC-40 antenna tuner.

- 40m wire loop antenna (favorite), 5-band fan dipole (10/12/15/17/20m, took *forever* to tune!), and a seperate 30m dipole useable for 6m too. Also had a 40m "cammo pole" end loaded vertical from Feb 2014 QST magazine article. It worked nicely, but loop worked better, so it was retired.


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