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Looking for a QSO: I can usually be found on 10-80 meters using the JT digital modes. I will also be trying to make some 2 and 6 meter plus 70cm contacts in all modes when the bands are open. Give me a shout if you hear me on the air.

QSL Policy: I will exchange eQSL.cc virtual cards 100%. Please take the time to return the favor.

Paper QSL cards are no longer being sent: I am sorry to have to announce that I will no longer be able to return paper QSL cards via the postal service. Due to health and finances I am not able to continue this venture. Thank you to those who did send a card.

You may continue to send cards if you desire with the understanding they will not receive a card in return.

QSO Logging: For logging purpose my main log is QRZ.com. From there I log with LOTW and Clublog. All QSO's are marked for confirmation in order to receive credit toward QRZ awards. Please take the time to respond to the request by adding the QSO to your logbook. All that is required is to simply enter the time, band, mode. If there is a question concerning the QSO, please send me an email with the issue and I will respond in order to help resolve the issue. Thank you.

QRZ Weblog: If you are visiting my profile, please drop me a message in my weblog.

My QTH: Latitude: 38.315569 (38° 18' 56'' N)  Longitude: -88.942133 (88° 56' 31'' W)  Mount Vernon, Illinois USA.

My Equipment: ICOM IC-7100, ICOM IC-718, Anytone AT5555N, TYT TH-7800Yaesu FT-2900R, LDG IT-100, MFJ-936B, Diamond X50, Random Length Ceiling Loop fed by ladder line into a 4:1 balun through the autotuner, and a Deluxe Buddipole. I also use a SignaLink USB interfaced with a homebrew desktop computer for digital modes, rig control, etc.

Recent Activity:

01/09/2017 - Completed and was verified for my Worked All States certificate. Worked in Mixed and Digital mode.

07/13/2016 - After some slow down due to the FCC auto processing with the ULS, I finally officially became an Amateur Extra Class licensed operator. It took a while to learn the stuff and pass the exams, but it was well worth the effort indeed. Hope to see you on "all" the bands now.

06/18/2016 - I finally completed a long journey I started nearly 40 years ago when I was approached by some local hams and encouraged to try for my ticket. I began study back then but found my brain was not wired to understand CW. It just didn't "dit". It wasn't until many years after even the change to the "no code" license that I resumed my quest. And on 06/18/2016 I took and passed the Amateur Extra Class exam. I know a couple of those original fellows who encouraged me are now SK's. So I dedicate my efforts to them. And to the rest along the way..

05/14/2016 - Recieved the 20 meter single band digital and mixed endorsements.

05/09/2016 - Completed my first award accomplishment. I now have the "eGRID²" certificate with the digital and mixed endorsements.

01/30/2016 - I now have "web contacts" enabled. Please leave a note if you have visited my profile. Thanks and 73's from Maurice.

01/22/2016 - Updated QSL policy. 

12/05/2015 - I received my new vanity call sign. I am now W9ZED. I was surprised that it was available. Seems no one had taken it for quite some time. So I snatched it up. It sort of rolls off the tongue easily. "W-9-ZED". My previous call was KD9EFQ.

About Me:

Brief Bio - From the time I was a teenager it was a goal to become a ham operator. But for various reasons I never reached the completion of that goal. I have always been interested in electronics and communications. And the closest realization to becoming a ham for me was working with the local broadcast radio station back in the day when a license was required to be an on-air operator. Then later working for the local municipality as a telecommunications operator for the EMS system.

As time went by it was not very good to me and I found myself becoming quite limited as to what activities I could perform recreationally. Recently it was suggested I try once again to become a ham. So, I thought, "Why not?". I figured that especially now with no longer having to master the code portion of the license I might have a chance at it. There is something about my brain that refuses to get the dots and dashes all in a row. 

With this my goal once again, I set out to acheive it. I began studying the Tech and General license materials with the idea that I would get the former and at least try for the latter. Come the day of the test session I knew I had the Tech down but was not so sure about the General. After handing in my exams, I was congratulated as the newest member of the ham family. And to my pleasure I was now a General Class License holder; barely. But unlike "horseshoes and hand grenades" close counts in licensing. And I was close enough.

So now I am looking forward to doing all the things I wanted to do long ago; although maybe in a more limited way since I now live in an apartment. But I will have a ball no matter what. And I have already started to study for the Extra Class license. If I am going to do it, I am going to do it all the way.



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United States Award#2764
Granted: 2017-01-09 17:33:49   (W9ZED)

  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#1787
Granted: 2016-07-19 22:44:03   (W9ZED)

  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#11506
Granted: 2016-05-10 12:40:02   (W9ZED)

  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
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