We had a great "expedition" by the fifth"Buddies in the Caribbean" (BIC) mini-DXpedition to St Lucia (J6). Eight operators operated from Chateau Devaux on the NE side of St. Lucia from December 1st through 9th, 2013.
I operated as J6/W4QO on 100% QRP (5 watts) CW using BuddiStick antennas and made almost 2100 contacts that week. QSL to my W4QO QRZ address. SASE please. All QSOs were posted to LoTW on Dec. 16, 2013 and to eQSL in early March 2014. If your LoTW does not match and you think you worked me, send email to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Call me Jim or Quaker Oats. Licensed over 58 years, active in several clubs in Atlanta, GA. Graduate EE of Purdue (W9YB) and I'm also a "Beaver"- with arguably the oldest college amateur radio club- W1MX. Retired from Bellsouth as a senior manager in 1994. Started a small woodworking business in my shop behind my QTH in 1998.
My biggest accomplishment in amateur radio is the thousands of friends I've made around the world. I'd like to add you to that list if you aren't already!
I am the past President of the 16000 member - QRP ARCI - the international QRP club promoting the construction and operation of low powered amateur radio gear. The web site is: http://www.qrparci.org Check us out and join us! I have been to 17 of 20 of their Four Days in May (FDIM) events at Dayton. In 2010, I was honored by being named to their QRP Hall of Fame. I hold several of their QRP Achievement Awards, and I'm most proud of their 5 Band QRP DX award for 100 countries worked via QRP on each of 5 Bands. I also achieved Worked All States QRP in their 2011 Golden Jubilee Challenge where operators in all 50 states used the club callsign K6JSS. I just love this QRP stuff! Oh, I have worked 120 "countries" at ONE WATT QRP and also worked 102 different actual "countries" (not band countries) in one weekend in the 2013 CQ WW DX contest (QRP). I just wanted to see if I could do it! My QRP ARCI member number is 6515. I've worked over 400 QRP ARCI members.
My local Atlanta clubs:
I am past president of the fastest growing club in GA (maybe the US!) - the North Fulton ARL - awarded the Dayton Hamvention Club of the Year for 2010: http://www.nfarl.org Currently at around 325 members, we were at 56 just 10 years ago with 8 to 10 at our meetings. Today we average 75. Join us! I am most involved in the YESA (Youth, Education, Science) educomm team where I work mostly with the Mill Springs ARC -WA4MSA and their coach Marth Muir, W4MSA. I really do enjoy this activity all supported by proceeds from the club's annual HamJam (see hamjam.info) I'm on the club's K2G 13colonies.net team where I have won the national QRP category for the past 3 years.
I am also a founding member of the NoGaQRP Club - the North Georgia QRP Club at: http://www.nogaqrp.org We are basically a bunch of tinkerers and our monthly meetings are all "show and tell" and last a couple hours! We are a no dues, no officers, no bylaws, just FUN type of club.
Past president of MATPARC - the Metro Atlanta Telephone Pioneer ARC: http://www.matparc.org, and past trustee of the W4PME - 145.41 repeater.
South East DX Club: http://www.sedxc.org, over 318 countries all time (262 QRP).
After all these years, I still get that thrill when I make a contact with you. As you can guess, I am an avid QRPer with DXCC QRP, 40M DXCC QRP, 40M WAS QRP and Triple Play #338 all modes QRP (5 watts). I do like CW (CW-OPs #1366) where I love my Begali Simplex Iambic most with the Kent Paddle second (FISTS-7499, SKCC-1281C, NAQCC-1743, Flying Pigs -21) and there is little to compare to being on Field Day at sunrise with all the station covered with dew and the generators in the background, or when I work you using 400 mw to my 80M loop . Check out my web at http://www.w4qo.com K4ZOL is my long suffering wife of 51 years. With her years of total support, I was shocked and humbled to be named Dayton Hamvention Ham of the Year 2010. Thank you Marilyn.
My rigs are many - Elecraft KX3, Yaesu FT-1000, Kenwood TS-940 plus a dozen QRP rigs. I also enjoy old radios, with the most prized one being a BC-312 restored by my very good friend Mack, W4AX, formerly WB4MAK. My antennas are an 80M horizontal loop at 75 feet, a 40M Extended Double Zepp at 50', a 3/8 wave inverted L for 160M and a Cushcraft A4S tribander at 60'.
Enjoy just about all aspects of ham radio from DXing to homebrewing to working with youngsters who want to know the thrill I get from ham radio. My past calls include K(N)9MAF (Indiana-1958 to 1965), W2CJC(NJ-1966 to 1972), WA4KKE(FL-1972 to 1976) and W4QO (1976 - present).
I am also a semi-professional woodworker - see http://www.byjimeny.com for that portion of my life.
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