YN5ZQSL: VIA K7ZO WITH SASE OR LOTW
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YN5Z operations are by Scott/K7ZO. I used YN5Z for my Nicaragua operations during 2013. Thanks to the Telcor licensing team in Nicaragua for issuing me the callsign valid for the full year as well as granting my request for a 2X1 call. (I used YN5ZO during 2012.)
My 2013 YN5Z operations are complete. If I worked you in a contest thanks for the QSO. All logs have been uploaded to LOTW and I am replying to all cards received direct and the buro. See below for QSL information.
I operated in Nicaragua as YN5Z three times during 2013 around specific SSB/Phone contests. I am a contester at heart and the motivation for my YN5Z operations is to be sought after DX in major contests leading to high rates and scores.Yes, I am a rate junky. My goals were to place in the Top 10 in my category with essentially a Field Day operation. Outside of the contests I also get on the air for more casual QSOs as well as some dxpedition class RTTY. Unfortunately you won't find me on CW as I am just not that good a CW operator.
These contests were as follows and with a link to my write-up about the contest.
- The 2013 ARRL DX SSB Contest -- where I placed 8th DX Single Op High Power. http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/3830/2013-03/msg00715.html
- The 2013 CQWW SSB contest -- where I am currently 16th World Single Op Assisted High Power All Bands and 9th outside the US and Canada. This is based on the raw scores submitted. http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/3830/2013-10/msg02785.html
- The 2013 ARRL 10 Meter contest -- where I am currently 3rd place World Single Op High Power Phone Only based on scores submitted to 3830scores.com. I also have the second highest SSB QSO total of any operation. http://lists.contesting.com/archives//html/3830/2013-12/msg01863.html I am also the author for the QST magazine and ARRL Web articles on the 10 Meter contest.
A short video tour of my Nicaragua QTH and operating position can be found at: http://vimeo.com/78274328 I took this the morning after the CQ WW SSB contest.
My YN5Z station is a total Field Day operation with me putting the antennas up and wiring everything together before every contest and then taking it down immediately after. The full station takes about 1 1/2 days to put up and 1 day to take down. The station is composed of:
- A 5 band Spiderbeam antenna and their 10M pushup mast and tripod. This is connected to the amp with 100 feet of LMR-240. The antenna is stored in one hard sided golf case and the mast and tripod in a hard sided ski case since the mast is just a bit too long to fit into a golf case.
- A full size 1/4 wave vertical for 40M with 32 thirty foot long radials. This is connected to the amp with 125 feet of LMR-240
- A aged HF2V top loaded with three 15 foot wires for 80M and 160M. Also with 32 thirty foot long radials. This is connected to the amp with 150 feet of DX Engineering RG-8X. The verticals are stored in another hard sided golf case.
- An Elecraft KPA-500/KAT-500 amp, tuner, antenna switch set
- A Kenwood TS-590 with SEC switching power supply.
- Heil Proset and Boss Footswitch
- A microHAM microKEYER II
- WriteLog Contesting Software
- An ASUS Ultrabook PC.
YN5Z QSL Information
I QSL 100%. LOTW is preferred and my YN5Z logs have been uploaded to LOTW. I will also reply to all cards direct and by the buro via K7ZO.
Scott Tuthill / K7ZO
4403 Keldoon Ave
Boise, ID 83702
I typically will get a reply to a direct card in the mail the next day. If QSLing direct please include a SASE or SAE with $1 or IRC - I prefer $1 over an IRC because of the difficulties in exchanging IRCs for stamps. (Yes US air mail stamps are $1.10 but $1 is close enough and I am willing to make up the $0.10 in the spirit of HAM friendship.) I also can accept postage payment via Paypal if you would like to do it that way. Contact me direct via e-mail and I will provide you with the required PayPal information. If you send me a card direct but without return postage I will send a reply via the buro -- and I always try to send you an e-mail telling you this is what I am doing so you know it is going to be a while before you get a reply.
As of December 22, 2013 I have received and replied to 278 direct QSLs from my YN5Z operations.
My experience with buro cards is that they typically take a year from the date of the QSO for a card to reach. I typically will reply to buro cards 3-4 times a year so on average I will have a buro card 2 months or so before I reply to it.
As a special note to HAMs in the US -- you may use the ARRL outgoing QSL buro to get your card to me. Just send it to the ARRL Outgoing Bureau as you usually do with the card clearly marked "Via K7ZO". They will forward my YN5Z cards to the W7 Incoming Buro once a month who will then get them to me. I likewise will use the ARRL Outgoing buro to get my card back to you. I will send it to them along with the other cards, they will forward on to your Incoming Buro, who will ship you the card based on you standing directions.
Sorry but I do not use e-QSL, the QRZ.com logbook, or any other online log systems.
Thanks for the QSOs.