I use eQSL and the QRZ log book on here. I do not use LOTW!
Memberships and Associations:
Guitars For Vets Grand Rapids, MI chapter [Guitars4Vets dot org]
Navy-Marine Corps MARS is gone as of September 30, 2015. Too bad, so sad.
American Legion - Furniture City Post 258 - Navy, Marine Corps, CoastGuard ONLY! PUFL
Vietnam Veterans of America - Life Member
I am a Turtle!
Voyageur Militaire in the 40/8 Ionia-Montcalm Voiture 1420 [inactive - the Voiture seems to have gone away with most of the 40/8 - No local voiture anymore, so sad it was fun.]
Echolink#78526, QCWA #33987, 10/10 #35480
QSL via eQSL
===== Licensed since 8/15/1972 (wn8nsi,wb8nsi,w8nsi) =====
License classes held: Novice, Tech, General, Advanced, Extra
The previous holder of my current call [w8nsi] is KI7BM John Branch. He held W8NSI back in 1955, then relinquished it to become K1SLR which is also vacant at this time. His current call has an almost musical cw swing to it.
The call sign W8NSI was vacant for over 40 years before I dropped WB8NSI to become W8NSI. I figured that 40 years was a decent waiting period for an idle call sign. :) [hint: There are thousands of vacant W, K and N prefix 1x3 calls out there guys.]
I operate on 160-10 and will be putting up a 5 element 6 meter beam this summer to get back on the magic band. I'm also on 2m fm. (Darn... so busy this summer that the 6m beam didn't get installed.)
My HF antennas: 160 meter full wave loop fed with 450 ohm ham twin line feeder and a MFJ 962D tuner. I use it on 160-30 meters. I have a Tennadyne TD160 folded terminated loop that I use on all freqs from 160-30 meters for ham and MARS. Also I have a Hustler 4BTV (40-20-15-10) vertical up 20 feet with 4 drooping radials for each band, and a 17 meter 1/4 wave vertical with drooping radials.
My hf operations for some time have mostly been on MARS frequencies outside the ham bands. I just downloaded and installed WSJTx and am playing with JT65 and JT9 which has gotten me back into the hf ham bands. My first hf jt9 contact is KG4OXA. I just contacted WO0KEE on jt65 too. If you want to work a wook, look for him. :)
I got the MotoTRBO bug. I bought a XPR4550 mobile and a 6550 handie talkie, both on 70cm. I finally got my 4550 and 6550 rigs programmed. TRBO mode is fun, especially on the NA and WW channels. We do have statewide 1 and 2 channels here in Michigan that make it interesting too.
I am also the owner of two IC-2820 rigs with DSTAR. One for mobile and the other for base. I just added a DV Dongle to the D-Star stuff. Linking reflectors and repeaters is now part of my educational pursuits. I am looking at how to put up an access point that may eventually convert to a dstar repeater.
I guess I have vhf and uhf pretty well covered. Retirement sure is busy. WHEW!
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