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A QSL is guaranteed via LoTW, QRZ.com and eQSL. I'm not a huge fan of eQSL but I upload regularly.

LoTW is the preferred QSL path. It's easy and works very well. All DX stations need access to LoTW and I believe it's free from the ARRL.  Much easier than using the buro or direct (cheaper, too!). 

Even though I'm relatively slow with paper cards I will eventually send a card back. SASE/Green Stamp not necessary but appreciated.

The Station:

Rig: Flex 6500; Amp: Ameritron AL-811; Cushcraft A4S W/40 meter addon @ 60ft; U.S. Tower TX-455 Tower; 160-10M OCF Dipole @ 40ft; Double Bazooka 30M @ 40ft; Keyer: Palamar Engineering IC Keyer MK V; Paddle: Begali Pearl; Headset: Heil PSE-6; Microphone: Heil PR-781

The Begali Pearl is the best CW key I've ever owned or had the pleasure to use.  Finest quality craftsmanship. 

It was quite the process after I was given the green light to buy a TX-455.  The tower is very well made and is smooth going up and down.  I'm pretty happy about the whole thing.  Took me from August until November to get everything installed. 

FYI - The tower is heavy and must be taken off of the delivery trailer with a forklift or other similar device.  I used a bobcat with a forklift attachment.  You'll need to line something up before the tower arrives.  US Tower gave me plenty of heads up that it was coming and I had enough time to get a skidloader for the offload.  No skidloader or forklift - no getting the tower off the truck.  But while it wasn't easy we got it done without any mishaps. 

Hope to see you on the bands. Thanks for taking the time to check out my page. Gud DX!





QCWA #35850; CG CW Operators Association: ZUT #1604


DXCC Mixed #46,287 (231 Confirmed), DXCC CW #13,212 (224 Confirmed), DXCC 10/15/20 Meters

DXCC 40 Meters #7,268

Working the DXCC Challenge (755 confirmed)

WAS CW #2471, WAS Mixed #56,957, WAS Digital, WAS JT65, WAS JT9

WPX Mixed #2510, Mixed NA and Mixed NA Digital

My CW key. The Begali Pearl.

10-15-2016 - Tower base for the 55 ft TX-455 Tower was poured.

10-22-2016 - the base is cured enough to put the tower on the base.  We also tested the winch to raise the tower into the vertical position and the motor to extend it.

11/14/2016 - The new tower, Cushcraft A4S w/40 meters and wire antennas (30 meter bazooka and 6-160m OCF) are up and good to go.  It's time to chase some DX!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - WQ5O
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J5T 2017-11-21 15m CW Guinea-Bissau Silvano Borsa
J5T 2017-11-18 80m CW Guinea-Bissau Silvano Borsa
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Book Totals: 2799 qso's   1980 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#3582
Granted: 2016-07-29 16:48:02   (WQ5O)

  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties CW
United States Award#483
Granted: 2015-02-01 00:20:01   (WQ5O)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#1908
Granted: 2015-02-01 00:16:03   (WQ5O)

  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    40 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
DX World Award#594
Granted: 2015-01-30 23:37:24   (WQ5O)

  • 10 Meters CW
  • 15 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#1685
Granted: 2015-01-30 23:37:12   (WQ5O)

  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    40 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • 5 Band CW
  • 10M CW
    15M CW
    160M CW
    20M CW
    40M CW
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