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QSL: eQSL or direct. No LOTW

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About Me: I received my Novice (WNØLIF) and Technician (WAØLIF) licenses on September 16, 1966 and my Extra class license on July 14, 2016.  I've also had the General and Advanced class licenses along the way.  I was very active in ham radio in the early 1970s but was inactive from the mid-1970s until mid 2016, when I obtained my Extra class license and became active in the hobby again.  My main interests are digital modes (mostly FT8) and CW.  I also enjoy contesting.  I am a retired electrical engineer.

QSL Information: QSL direct, eQSL or SKCC Buro. A SAE for direct QSLs is appreciated, but not required.  No return postage is necessary for either U.S. or foreign cards; why should you have to pay twice?  I reply 100% to all QSL cards I receive.  I upload all QSOs to eQSL, QRZ.com and LOTW.  If you work me I would appreciate it if you would upload the QSO to eQSL even if you send me a paper QSL card.  I am working on numerous eQSL awards.

My eQSL card

My mailed QSL card #1

My mailed QSL card #2


100 Watts and a Wire: #1973

ARRL: #0001128455

Cookie Crumble: #209

FT8 Digital Mode Club #347

QRP Amateur Radio Club International: #16167

Saint Paul (Minnesota) Radio Club

SKCC: #16406

Minnesota Wireless Association

Quarter Century Wireless Association: #37562

Feld Hell Club: #5966

North America QRP CW Club (NAQCC): #9281

Things I have Earned:

1000 miles per watt certificate for JT65 & 20 meters (2689.6 miles/watt) #4123

Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Amateur Extra class licenses (including 13 wpm code test).

ARRL Accredited Amateur Extra Volunteer Examiner

ARRL Code Proficiency certificate (15 wpm)

Numerous eQSL awards (See "Some of my Wallpaper" below)

Numerous QRZ.com awards.

FT8 Digital Mode WAS and WAC awards (See "Wallpaper" below)

Winner of several QSO Parties for the highest score from Minnesota

My Equipment: Currently my radios consist of a Yaesu FT-450D transceiver for HF and 6 meters, and a Baofeng UV-52RV2+ handheld transceiver for 2 meters and 70 cm.  My power supply is an Alinco DM-330FX.  I also have a SignaLink USB interface,  Morse Express limited edition 2016 and 2017 Christmas keys, and a vintage paddle key, which is the one I use the most.  I also have a Ham Gadgets memory Ultra PicoKeyer which is very helpful when working contests.  My antenna is an MFJ off-center fed dipole for 40, 20, 10, 6 meters, but it loads up fine on all the bands with the internal tuner in my Yaesu.  I am a big fan of off-center fed dipoles.  They work great on multiple bands without a tuner in most cases.  My station is grounded with very heavy copper wire to two 8' ground rods bonded together with heavy wire.  My antenna is protected by an MFJ lightning arrestor connected to the ground system.

Some of my favorite QSL card designs:

Some of my best DX:

South Cook Islands

Trinidad & Tobago

Canary Islands

US Virgin Islands

Asiatic Russia

Turks and Caicos Islands

Cornwall, England

Cape Verde

Porto Santo Island, Madeira Archipelago

South Australia





Cayman Islands

South Africa

San Andres Island

Yukon Territory, Canada

Newfoundland, Canada

Northwest Territories, Canada

Nunavut, Canada

Prince Edward Island, Canada

My most distant contact at 10,648.5 miles--Australia

My 50th country verified via eQSL--Slovenia

Some of my Wallpaper:

   Above left eWAS for mixed modes

   Above right eWAS for JT65

   Left eWAS for FT8

Lighted sign.  A gift from my good friend in Cornwall.

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World Continents Award#19895
Granted: 2018-02-14 19:18:03   (WA0LIF)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#4143
Granted: 2018-02-07 21:06:02   (WA0LIF)

  • Mixed Digital
United States Counties Award#8185
Granted: 2017-12-22 20:26:02   (WA0LIF)

  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#18139
Granted: 2017-12-22 20:24:02   (WA0LIF)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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