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LoTW for QSLs preferred, QRZ logbook is used too.  I will periodically upload and check eQSL.

I'm not using printed QSL cards at this time.  Please don't expect me to mail a paper card back to you.

I'm willing to setup QSOs in advance, send me a message with some suggested details.

I need LoTW confirmed contacts in the following states for the WAS phone award.

Alaska Arkansas Delaware Iowa Kentucky Maine Massachusetts Minnesota Mississippi
Montana Nevada North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Tennessee
Utah West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

WINTER FIELD DAY 2018 Wrap Up

I operated during Winter Field Day 2018 which was January 27-28 from my backyard using solar and battery power and QRP power levels.  (that's 10 watts or less per the rules for this event).  I setup 3 temporary antennas for the event.  2 HF and 1 VHF/UHF

I have a horizontally polorized VHF and UHF beam antenna up for SSB contacts on 2 meters and 73 cm.  That's about 16 feet of PVC sections and couplers straped onto a structure with bungi cords.  An Elk Antennas 2m/440 beam is on top.  I didn't get a low loss piece of coax in time and I think that's why I made ZERO contacts on 2m and 73cm even though I monitored and made some CQ's using SSB and FM.

This is my CHA-MPAS antenna using the CHA Spike, Cap Hat, and radial kit.  I made 1 SSB contact with a station in Virginia using it.  I checked 15m, 10m and 6m during the event with it and never heard any stations.  No one answered the CQs I made.

This is a Buddipole tripod, 18' mast, guying kit, and Versatee with HamSticks at the top for a horizontal dipole configuration.  I switch between using 20m and 40m HamSticks depending on the time of day. 

I made 5 SSB contacts on it with stations in South Texas, Kansas, Ontario East, Rhode Island and North Texas on 20 meters.

I made 2 SSB contacts on it with stations in Alabama and South Carolina on 40 meters. 

I used the Icom IC-7100 set for 10 watts PEP for 5 hours on Saturday, and again for 2 and a half hours on Sunday.  I then used my Yaesu FT817ND set at 5 watts PEP for 2 and a half hours on Sunday.

The LDG tuner was required for my vertical antenna, and I hooked the horizontal dipole up to the second antenna port on it so I could use it to switch between the antennas.  I used the horizonal dipoles which were resonant with the 817 on Sunday without a tuner.

I used a paper log and was not online during the event.  Rain clouds were in the area when I started taking down my setup on Sunday.

Updated Sunday January 28th, 2018

Why I got my license

I've been around radios as a listener for many decades.  SWL, Utilities, Federal, Military, Public Safety, Marine, Aviation, and most anything else.  I started study for my amateur radio operator license way back when there was a code requirement.  I never could get the hang of it.

I was active on the HAMNET forum of CompuServe way back when everyone used dial up modems.

I attended the first ever Monitoring Times convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

I was the editor for the Bay Area Scanner Enthusiasts (BASE) newsletter for a while in the 90's.

I wrote the "Scanning and Computers" column in Popular Communications magazine for a while in the 90's.

I stopped listening to my radios around 2004 and took a vacation from the hobby.

Recently I thought it would be nice to be able to have my scanner in the car and not break a Florida state law against that, which has an exemption for amatuer radio licensees.  I studied and passed the Tech and General tests.

It turns out I like making contacts over the air and working QRP from parks.

Technician license granted 8/18/2017

General license granted 8/30/2017

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