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PODXS 070 #1418

DMC #08936

EPC #26109

After a 2 year long hiatus from the Ham Bands (was still very active but with the Military Auxillary Radio Service (MARS), with the brief exception of a few QSOs in July 2016.  I have become "radio active" once again  on the amateur bands returning to my favorite/primary mode of operation, PSK31.  I have also found that JT-9 and JT-65 (very recenrlt FT-8) are also quite interesting modes, although very slow.  I am also still interested in CW, something I have not yet quite been able to become proficient at but am once again working to try to train my ears to copy code and my fingers to send it.  I had made it to the point where I was able to at least eek out a simple QSO on-air using  cw and felt the thrill of accomplishing something I never thought I would be able to do, just like when I passed my Extra exam back in 2008. If you hear me calling CQ and decide to answer, please be patient as I am very new to CW and very slow. I found that with a straight key I tend to get to sending faster than I can copy very easily so no straight key for me for now, My key of choice is the Begail Simplex Iambic key.

The equipment in the "shack" is a Icom IC-7300 (page picture will be updated soon to show the current rig) as of 8/10/2017 that replaced the wonderful performing IC-756PROII (in almost mint condition) that I bought in 2016 at the Chattanooga, TN HamFest, an Ameritron AL-811, LDG-AT600 ProII with the M-600 analog meter.  For 2m & 440 I use a Yaesu FTM-400XDR, a Yaesu FT-1D HT and 2 older Wouxun kg-UVD1P HTs.  Antenas are: Workman Dual-Band Colinear ground plane for 2m & 440. For HF I have two antennas switched using an Ameritron RCS-4 remote switch - a Comet CHA-350B Vertical at about 20ft AGL and a longwire that is made up of about 120ft of #14 stranded Copper Wire at about 20FT AGL with a 120-130ft long counterpoise wire on the ground also made of #14 stranded Copper wire.  The coax to the antenna switch box is 110ft of LMR-400 buried in 3-in PVC Conduit from the house to the antenna switch relay unit.  The V/U antenna is fed with about 130ft LMR-400 also buried in the PVC Conduit.  The Long-wire is connected to the Coax via Palstar 4:1 Balun (rated for 4kw) and the vertical has no radials nor counterpoise of any sort and still works great (yes it is a compromise over a cut-to-kength tuned dipole but is still very useful and gets me DX.)   The shack mascot and guardian has also changed since my last revieion.  Rascal, the CAT Control unit had to be put to sleep 12/10/2014 after 10 faithful years of ensuring the control operator always had a companion in the shack.   Nearly two years ago in November of 2015 there is now a 3rd party traffic originator in the shack by the name of Max.  He is a 20 pound half Chihuaua, 1/4 Terrier, 1/4 Miniature Poodle mixed breed I adopted from the local no-kill animal shelter.  

QSLing: I am in the process of getting paper cards out for QSOs that have not yet been confirmed on LOTW.  I did find a stack of my old commercially printed cards and have sent them out both direct and via the Bureau for QSOs prior to 1/1/2012.  For now, I will be sending out self-printed cardsubtil I get everything caught up and some funds to have full-color cards commercially printed. 08/12/17 Update:  First batch of full-color commercially printed cards are on order.  Obce they arrive I'll get all paper card for QSLs through 8/7/17 completed and mailed ASAP.

Here are my simple QSLing guidelines:

1) All QSOs are uploaded to eQSL.cc, QRZ.com, ClubLog (as of 7 Aug 2017 03:00 UTC), and HRDLog.net upon completion/logging of the QSO.  I upload to LOTW once I shut down for the day.  All FT8 QSOs will be uploaded to LOTW once LOTW is updated to accept FT8 as a mode​ once I get my new TQSL Certificate.

2) QSOs with U.S. stations that are confirmed via LOTW will not receive a card from me UNLESS you send me one in which caase your card gets my card..  

3) I will send a QSL card to all DX stations I have a QSO with (direct, bvia ureau or your QSL manager) regardless of whether or not the QSO is QSLed via LOTW or not.  For paper cards from DX stations please note that IRCs are not available from the U.S. Postal Service anymore and I DO NOT send currency through the mail as there are many ountries where the money will never reach the intended destination.  I have no problem sending return postage funds to DX Stations that require such via PayPal...all I need is the e-mail address you registered with PayPal.

4) DX QSL Cards received via direct mail will be replied to via direct mail.  Cards received via the bureau will likewise be replied to via the bureau.  If I send you one direct and you wish to reply via the bureau, that's ok and I have no problem with that.

5) All questions regarding QSLing should be sent to me via e-mail.  

​6) I DO NOT require nor ask that you include SASEs, SAEs, nor return postage when you send me your QSL card but do greatly appreciate it if you do.  



Michael, N4MAW


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