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Yes, I am the QSL manager for Hector, CO6CBF/W5CBF. Pse, if you wish to receive a card from him for your hamsat contact, enclose a SASE with your card.....tnx.

I had a great eyeball qso with Hector at the 2013 AMSAT Symposium in Houston. Here, I have presented Hector with a chip carved basswood quilt I did. It depicts Oscar I, Fox and AO-7.

At the symposium, I also had the pleasure of meeting Owen Garriott, W5LFL. Owen was the first ham to operate from space, in December 1983. I tried unsuccessfully to contact him; although, I did receive his transmissions on a few occasions on my two meter Yaesu 227R "Memorizer" and homebrew turnstile antenna.

I enjoy chasing DX on both cw and ssb. I spend a lot of time waiting for six and/or two meters to open! Hi! IOTA chasing is another passion of mine. (I have over 300 islands confirmed.) I have achieved DXCC with 339 entities confirmed, 329 current. I am awaiting one of my needed DXCC entities to be on the air-hopefully soon- so I can apply for DXCC HonorRoll! I also have WAZ, WAC and WAS on HF. (52% of my HF contacts are cw.) And on 50 meg,I have WAS, WAC and VUCC (as of May 2017, 582 grids confirmed). I am now chsing the WWFF parks.

I have operated satellite on both OSCAR 10 and OSCAR 13. I have spoken to MIR on both packet and SSB. I have also done meteor scatter on six and two.

On March 7 2007, I made my first contact with AO-51. (I started using the Icom W32A and Arrow II handheld antenna. As of 26 November 2013, I have558 grids confirmed on hamsats!) On August 14 2008, I made my first V/S contact on AO-51. (This is where you transmit on 145.850 meg and listen on 2401.2 meg or 2.4 gig!) I had a voice contact with AR1SS, the space station, in October 2008 and downloaded a handful of SSTV pictures. I have enjoyed my contacts through MIR, AO-7, AO-10, AO-13, AO-16, AO-27, SO-50, AO-51,VO-52, SO-67, HO-68 and AO-73. I have also discovered the repeater aboard the ISS and made several contacts through it. What fun! I am hopeful that I can make an EME contact with my modest hamshack station. I operated for six years from Luton, England. My last callsign there was G0WEW. While in England, I operated on both AO-10 and AO-13.

My son, George, KB5ILL, and son-in-law, Jack, KF5LOQ, are both hams.

My latest interest is to learn more about DStar, System Fusion, DMR (I have radios for all three modes!) and EME.I am also working on my DXCC on 75/80 meters. (Slow going. High local QRN from area power lines.)


THis map represents the 582 hamsat grids and the 447 six meter grids I have confirmed.

Oh! My picture here is fromAt age 15, I was (and still am) fascinated by what can be done via ham radio! 1964, as a young 15 year old ham. (The setup was a GlobeScout 65A and a
Hallicrafters SX-99. Bet you noticed I am left-handed by the position of the handkey. Hi!)

The card at the top of this page is my current picture qsl card, ordered to help honor my 50+ years as a ham radio operator.

What fun the last 50+ years have been! I truly am looking forward to celebrating yet another 50 years of ham radio! Hi!



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