New Wallpaper

Just received my WAC certificate.

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Back from 6Y land

Spent part of a week down in Jamaica, but didn’t take any equipment along. I thought about it, but some comments around the interwebs weren’t particularly encouraging. We were in a second floor room with a balcony, so I might have been able to bootleg a 15 meter vertical dipole.

Anyway, here’s a picture to make you jealous:


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The June VHF contest brought me up to 75 confirmed grids in LOTW, so I’m closing in on VUCC. I’m always happy to get some more wallpaper.

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June VHF Contest


My hook for catching signals out of the air.

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HAM-COM 2012


The MFJ booth at Ham Com


Getting a bite for lunch


Everybody wanted one of these


The ICOM booth

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Thank you, Buro

A surprise came in yesterday’s mail: an envelope from the W5 buro with a nice batch of cards inside. Thanks also to OM2VL, SF7WT, RU3ZX, EA8ZS, OR7R, and ES5QD for the nice cards.

The last one puzzled me for a bit, as I had only one QSO logged on the date of the card, from a Japanese station. It finally hit me that that date was when I was traveling from Texas to Los Angeles, and making QSOs that I didn’t log.

I have sent answering cards back via the buro to all these stations. Thanks again, guys.

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Made It

Just received an LOTW QSL from HC2/W7SE, giving me 100 countries confirmed. Application is already in to ARRL.

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Six Meters, anyone?

Here’s my 6 meter contesting setup this year (I can also put up the Moxon if needed).


I can also bolt it to the bed rails on the back of the truck. Extreme 6 meter mobile?

Now I’m just waiting for the opening ….

Update: This arrangement got me 9 6 meter QSOs during today’s opening. Looking good.

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Stuck in the Gate

Been this way for several weeks now. There are several stations in the log that are LOTW participants who either haven’t uploaded lately or didn’t get my call into their log when they did upload, so here I am, one short of DXCC.

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