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After a self-imposed "travel ban" to recover financially (unwanted/unnecessary divorce in 2013 sucked!) I began international travel again.  The first trip was accomplished in December 2016 (Kuwait!), the second in December 2017 (Chile!)and hopefully I'll do three more in 2018. 


I went to see my friends CE2MVF and CE3CT in Santiago, Chile and the surrounding area!  It was summer in the Southern Hemisphere and days were longer and warmer than they were here in Wisconsin!  During six days there, I got some guest operating time in and put over 400 Q's in the log as CE2/W9XY.


Vacation time is locked in for April and airline ticket is in hand....Dushanbe, Tajikistan! This will primarily be a trip to visit my friends, sightsee, and take in the culture, but I might look into getting on the air as EY8/W9XY.

Besides EY/Tajikistan, it looks like it will be TF/Iceland in the fall, and either EA/Spain, SV/Greece, or ET/Ethiopia for anotherwinter trip....someplace warm anyway!

Operations were/will be CW & SSB, focus on the primary HF bands, 160-10M.


*** QSL POLICY, PLEASE READ:  For paper cards, direct or bureau only. The courtesy of an SAE and return postage is required for all direct cards. USA cards with an SASE will be answered immediately.  USA cards without return postage or SASE will be set aside indefinitely, you might or might not get a reply via the bureau.   Keep in mind the ARRL Bureau is not designed for stateside cards and it will likely be more than a year before I send outgoing bureau cards. DX stations include green stamps or postage only, no IRC's please.  DX cards received without return postage will be returned via bureau.

All QSO's uploaded to LoTW.  NO eQSL!  All W9XY logs (after 5 July '99),  CE2/W9XY, C6AXY, and JY8XY logs available on LOTW. Note: HI7 operation of 2005 is NOT on LOTW as I only logged on paper. *Again, I do NOT use E-QSL whatsoever.

Again...I don't need or collect USA cards, so if you want a card, please follow the rules.  It gets expensive for those of us who make a lot of contacts!  If you want a card direct, please cover your own return postage - you'll get a quality card in return. If I want/need a card, as a courtesy I pay for my return postage and I expect others to do the same. Sorry to be so strong about this subject, but I've found that if it is not in writing it is loosely followed.

Paper QSL manager ONLY forC6AXY, KE9A/DU3, & JY4SK/JY5SK, and my portable CE2, HA, SM, & HI7 calls.


Licensed: October 1976 as WB9YXY. Changed callsign in December 1996 to W9XY.  Active for over 40 years now!

Other calls: JY8XY (1986, '95, '96, & '97), W9XY/HI7 (2005), SM/W9XY, & HA/W9XY (2007), C6AXY (2012), CE2/W9XY (2017)

County: Marquette (rare one!).

Interesting Fact: The county seat of Montello is home to Wisconsin's largest tree! It's a cottonwood, measuring 23.2 feet (7M) around and 138 feet (42M) high!

QTH: Located between Portage and Montello, very near the boyhood home of John Muir, famous naturalist & Father of our US National Parks. http://tn.buffalo.wi.gov/

Main HF Equipment: Kenwood TS-950SDX & Alpha 8410 1.5 KW amplifier - manual tune, two 4cx1000 tubes. (Life is too short for QRP!).

Spare HF rigs & Amp: Kenwood TS590SG, Yaesu FT2000, Kenwood TS830S, and a Yaesu FT301D. (You can never have enough HF rigs either!) Backup amps are a Ten Tec Titan II with a single 4CX1600, and a DenTron MLA2500 running two 8875's.

Alternate HF, RTTY/PSK31, and DXpedition Rig: Yaesu FT-857D and any of the above antennas is used for a "change of scenery" and the digital modes (which I very rarely work). This rig is also taken on holiday DXpeditions such as the C6 and HI7 trips. I usethe (tiny!) Paddlette BP key with it, just for fun.

Antenna Farm: Rohn 45 tower supports an M2 KT36XA (6 el triband yagi) at 83'/25M, and a Cushcraft 2 el 40M beam at 95'/29M. A Hy-Gain Tailtwister turns it all. On the low bands, I use inverted vees for 80 & 160M mounted near the top of the tower at 23 & 24M. For WARC bands I use my 2 el 40M beam on 17M (it works great!) and for 30 and 12 I have a Cushcraft D3W rotatable dipole which is fixed on the tower towards Europe at 21M. With exception of the low band inv-vees, this puts the HF antenna spacing at every 4M....(21, 25, and 29M).  Fortunately, living in the country provides a situation where there is very little (or no) receive noise whatsoever on the bands. (*Antennas in photo below.)

VHF: Icom IC-2200 & Diamond X510M (duo-band, 17'/5M) vertical at 100'/30M. Also available, IC-2100 & Cushcraft 11 el yagi (vertically polarized) at 89'/27M. Note: Locally (for years) we have used and monitor 147.525 as a "DX" and/or "get-together" frequency. If you wish to reach me, please give me a call there. Be sure to use PL 114.8 when transmitting.

Keys: Three Benchers (one black, one chrome, and a Hex Key), two Vibroplex Brass Racers (one with internal keyer), two W5JH keys (a "Black Widow" & "ScQRPion" mini paddle), and a Paddlette BP reside in/around the shack. (Eight keys??! ... I love 'em all, especially the Hex Key!!  You can never have enough keys!)

Have Visited: A6 (1986), JY ('86, '95,'96, '97), G (1986), XE (Yucatan/multiple times), 6Y (2004), HI (multiple times), EI, GM (2004), VE7 (2006), SM, HA, OE (2007), C6 (2012), 9K (2016), CE (2017), and much of the USA. None for work or business; all for visiting friends, sightseeing/relaxing, being DX, exploring new cultures, and having fun enjoying new experiences!

Awards: 5BDXCC, 160M DXCC (238 conf), 80M DXCC (289 conf), 40M DXCC (342 conf), 5BWAZ (39 zones, still need Z22), and 160M WAZ (35 zones...need 22, 23, 24, 26, and 28),  DXCC: Top of the Honor Roll since 2002, with every possible entity (country) in the world worked at least once,  (Tnx to Ed, P5/4L4FN when he was in North Korea!).  On 40, I only need BS, BV9P, P5, FT8W, and SV/a to have them all worked on that band.  Though not in full pursuit of the DXCC Challenge, I have over 2,700 worked on all the bands (excluding 6M where I only have a half-dozen), *** NOTE:  Proud to say, I do not use, and have never used a remote station. All contacts have been made from my home station, and using only wire antennas on 160 and 80M.

More: I enjoy CW and am a natural at high-speed Morse code. In the past, I've been clocked in excess of 50 WPM and have also been lucky enough to win the CW Pileup Contest at the annual W9DXCC Convention (in Chicago) several times.

Aviation: Besides DXing & traveling, I enjoy aviation. When not "on" the air, I like to be "in" the air. In the spring of 2005, I passed my flight exam and received my Private Pilot license (VFR). On rare occasion, I'll take my 2M HT and operate air-mobile while flying a Piper Cherokee (rental aircraft) out of the Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells airport (Airport code DLL).

My work: I'm employed by the local Sheriff's Department as an Emergency Services Dispatcher. My phone number at work is 9-1-1 !

My Motto: "Adventure is the essence of life". (Thanks Dick Rutan, KB6LQS, pilot of the Voyager aircraft; first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.)

My Second Motto: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, rather than by the things you did." (Thanks Mark Twain)

Please visit http://w9xy.webs.com for more details about family, the station, and my DX'ing activities.

Tnx & 73, Bob W9XY

W9XY HF Antenna System (shown):

Cushcraft 2 element 40M beam at 95' (29M)
M2 KT36XA 6 element 20/15/10M beam at 83' (25M)



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