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For some reason eQSL hasn't been confirming a bunch of recent WWFF contacts. I'm looking through but I've yet to find one that wasn't in my paper log and in the uploaded ADIF file. I'm (slowly) manually going through and confirming those.


I did a mostly-CW activation for World Wildlife Flora and Fauna from the National Elk Refuge (KFF-0613) in Wyoming on 2017-07-19 and 2017-07-28.  Logs have been submitted for WWFF and loaded to QRZ, eQSL, and  LOTW. If you worked me during this (or any other) activation and don't have a confirmation please get in touch.  My email here is good.


I'm currently only missing Iowa, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island for CW WAS over on LOTW.  If you're in any of these states and can help out, please get in touch.  Thanks!


I originally got my Novice ticket as KA2ESK in 1977 or so, but was inactive for many years.  I then had it reinstated in 1997 and again, let it lapse for lack of use.  In January of 2014 I was relicensed as a Technician under the callsign KD2FKM (and then promptly moved to England for a year, where I couldn't operate), but applied for my original call as a vanity call.  In January of 2016 I passed my General exam and in May of 2016 I passed Amateur Extra.  I was granted K2FI on May 2017, exactly a year after I passed Amateur Extra.

I'm primarily interested in QRP portable operation, because that lets me combine radio with being out on the hiking trail or at the beach. My primary radio is a Yaesu FT-817nd that I'm mainly running into a Super Antenna MP1 or a SOTAbeams Bandhopper linked dipole.  I also use the LNR Precision Mountain Topper QRP rig and and an Icom 706-MkII.  I'm strictly an HF guy; I don't think I've been on 2m or higher since I was in my high school club.

I don't have a home shack and always operate portable.  The noise floor at home is WAY too high, so I'll head out to a local park or the beach. Usually, I'll just plunk my radio down on a convenient spot along the side of a hiking trail but sometimes I'll bring a folding table and a chair with me.

QRZ, LOTW, eQSL, or direct.  I'll be happy to exchange QSL cards with you, no SASE required (in fact, I love getting QSL cards and I'll probably send you one even if I confirm online). 

Most of the pictures from my  NPOTA activations are in a Flickr album.  But here's my MTR and an EFHW during an hour I had in Cuyahoga National Park in Ohio.  Tough operating conditions -- QRP and in a valley with a low antenna, but I still managed to get 3 QSOs.  I love this radio so much.

My FT-817nd and MP1 antenna out for a hike on a trail overlooking Long Island sound.  I did a 5W SSB QSO from Long Island, NY to Austria that day. Not too bad at all.  This is my main radio.  It's a fabulous all-mode, all-band QRP rig.



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K2FI
Latest Contacts for K2FI at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
W8TM 2017-08-06 40m CW EM79te United States PAUL O KIRLEY
W1FJ 2017-08-06 40m CW FN42mp United States Alfred C Rousseau
NA3D 2017-08-06 40m CW FN20xv United States MARK E FILIPKOWSKI
WJ9C 2017-08-06 40m CW FM26cb United States MAX E SAFDY
W5MIG 2017-07-28 30m CW EM00kc United States GERALD R MIGELY
KG8P 2017-07-28 30m CW EN81iw United States Thomas D Jenkins
W7KFI 2017-07-28 30m CW BL11bh United States SUSAN A MECKLEY
K0ATZ 2017-07-28 30m CW EM37gc United States Brian K Martin
W4EHI 2017-07-28 30m CW EM86vn United States DONALD K GILBERT
KF4QFJ 2017-07-28 30m CW FM16SV60 United States JEROME N AUSTIN, JR
K6PAM 2017-07-28 30m CW CM96cm United States RONALD L KONDLER
AA5UZ 2017-07-28 30m CW EM50CK31 United States JUDY F GUTHANS
VE6UX 2017-07-28 30m CW DO24dc Canada Robert Elsinger
W6LEN 2017-07-28 30m CW DM13aq United States JESS O GUADERRAMA

Book Totals: 319 qso's   24 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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