I try to QSL every HF contact … if I get a card I will certainly return one.
The anvil was on a previous business card that I used to start this card. I have been an amateur blacksmith for many years and it kinda mixes the two hobbies. I use a bunch of the blacksmith tools for my homebrew. (band saw, torch, welder, etc.)
QSL Card Circa March 2007
The back ground is the TOPO map with my home approximately in the center.
I joined the Navy and learn lots of 'trons as an Electronics Tech. In '97 I got my No Code Tech Amateur License (KD5BWD) and bought some Kenwood HTs. I enjoy Skywarn and a few chats from time to time on 2M … hardly use 70cm.
I upgraded to Extra in March 2007 and bought an ICOM IC-730 a couple of weeks later. I had borrowed a Kenwood TS-530 for a few weeks while I found the above purchase. I made a ½ G5RV for 40M-10M and put it up in an afternoon. I used a 14 AWG orange extension cord, stripped off outer cover and the black and green insulation helps hide the antenna. I have enjoyed working several countries and about 29 states and 12 countries and about 20 QSL cards (as of May 2007). I am working on adding to the G5RV, I do have the room for 102'.
I have enjoyed the friendliness of the hams on HF.
I enjoy making my own gear.
Some of my home brewed projects: