KQ8MQSL: VIA BUREAU DIRECT OR LOTW
Accepts QSL via:
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I was first licensed in 1971 as WN8JSQ. One year later I passed my general test and became WB8JSQ which I held until 1981. September 23, 1974 I entered the United States Marine Corps where I spent my 4 year tour as an aircraft electrician on A6a and later A6e attack bombers. In the summer of 1981 I passed the advanced and extra tests. I applied for a new callsign and received the call KQ8M on my birthday, Sept. 1, 1981. I was always very interested in DX but not so much as after 1980. I was very active in DXing and contesting, operating at the K8AZ superstation here in multi op and single op efforts. In 1994 I went off the air due to personal problems. At that time I had all active DXCC countries confirmed. I was off the air until March of 2007. In that time period a number of new countries were added to the DXCC list and on special country was activated (P5) which hasn't been heard from again and I was dropped from the honor roll. Now I have to fight my way back again. If you hear me on the air, stop by and say hi.
I would like to also thank those stations and managers who have helped me get some old contacts QSL'd. Some are 25+ years old. Thanks guys and gals.
I am a charter member of the North Coast Contesters. I am also their Secretary/Treasurer. I love contesting and DXing. During most large contests I can be found operating from the K8AZ contest superstation. I operate mostly CW but do make the occasional RTTY and SSB contacts for new DXCC on those modes. But I have gotten heavily into JT65 recently due to my friend Razi, YI1RZ.
My present DXCC totals are: Mixed: 350/338 CW: 349/338 SSB: 347/337 Digital: 294/291.
QSL Requirement: Please US send SASE, Outside US please send SAE and 1$ US. No SAE with 1$ US I will return via bureau. US stations DO NOT send me cards via the bureau. I will NOT answer them!
I am QSL manager for VE2CSI CQ WW CW contest October 1992 ONLY!!
My station consists of an Elecraft K3, Icom IC746pro, Kenwood TS930 and Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier. Antennas consist of a Cushcraft A4S (10-15-20) with 40M addon and an A3WS (12-17) with 30M addon on one mast on a roof mounted tower. 80M is a dipole antenna. Using DX Engineering 43 ft vertical primarily on 160. Now active on 6 meters with 5el Yagi.
I have been using a Hy-Gain DCU-1 controller for my Ham IV rotator. I, as many of you, have found the tuning knob to be extremely useless and frustrating. I can turn and turn and it just will not advance numbers. It just goes back and forth between a couple of headings then may advance some sooner or later. I suggest if you are thinking of purchasing the Ham V with the DCU-1 controller to just buy either the Ham IV rotator with the standard controller or, if you can find one, just the Ham IV rotator. The Ham IV and Ham V rotators are the exact same thing, just the controllers are different. Then purchase a Green Heron Engineering controller. The new RT-21 controllers work well with the Ham IV. Heck they work much better. They also have Serial and USB connections for computer control. Yes, The RT-21 is slightly more in cost but you will be pleasantly suprised. Am I an employee of Green Heron Engineering? No. Do I know anyone there. Yes. But that is not the reason for my writing this. I am just passing along my experience. If you would like any more of my experience please write to my email address above and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
I am now running JT65 and JT9 modes.
My log can be found on ClubLog.
Now running an AR-Cluster V6 node KQ8M.
Address is kq8m.no-ip.org. User connection ports:
23 - Unfiltered port
7373 - Only DX spots from US/VE spotters and KQ8M/W8WTS SKimmers
7374 - Same as 7373 but without skimmers
3607 - ARC 6 server port
3605 - Active ARC 4 port
3606 - Passive ARC 4 port.
All port fiters can be changed by the user. Please see my website for examples.
CWSkimmers cover 160m—10m excluding 60m. 43 foot vertical is used as the skimmer receive antenna.
Check out my website http://www.kq8m.com.
Here is the KQ8M antenna farm:
This is the front of my QSL card. The picture was taken by my daughter when we were fishing in Ohio.