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Name:Garrett (Gary)
Email: ZP5BVK@PoBox.com
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Hello everyone from Asuncion city, Capital of Paraguay in the heart of South America  - "An island surrounded by land" :-)

Thanks for looking me up and please click my web visits before you leave - 73     :-)

I'm from Dublin, Ireland, but I live and work in Paraguay since 2009 .... Here are some of my adventures in South America so far  ... https://garrettkennedy.com/

FIRST OFF ... My QSL cards were printed by Gennady UX5UO using photos I took here in Paraguay  ..   So ... send me a card and get two cards in return :-)   Direct is good - the Bureau works - but it doesn't work very quickly here. 

As far as the log goes, all contacts go live into Ham Radio Deluxe live as they are made, from where they are uploaded almost instantly to QRZ.com, HRDLog.net, eQSL and LOTW.   When I'm in a contest, I wait till the contest is over, tidy up the log, then upload it from N1MM+ (best competition log in the world!) to Ham Radio Deluxe - from where all of the above happens instantly. 

I can cover most to the traditional modes - SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK, but I would rather poke my eyes out with a rusty nail than use FT8 and all those new/digital modes ... sorry about that  :-)

Here are my cards ...

Card no1 -

and Card No 2

NOTE: The little Irish map on each card is to reflect my home country (which is not nearly as big as Paraguay in reality!)

Current hardware line-up;

Kenwood TS-990s / Yaesu FT-990 / Yaesu FT-991 / Elecraft KX3 QRP rig with all the options (Don't really like the KX3 much -  too fussy, but still a good little QRP/CW/SWL radio when on holidays but probably for sale).   SPE 1.3K-FA solid state amplifier, which is truly amazing bit of equipment - like having a 1.5Kw radio!   I also have an ACOM 1500 'back-up' amplifier (great amp too).   I use a Heil Gold Elite Mic, which is undoubtedly good, but not sure it's great value for the money.   I use a Heil Pro-7 Headset for competitions, but I always have a sore head after wearing it for a couple of hours ..... maybe my head is the problem there!

For mobile ops:- Yaesu 857D & ATAS-120A.  The ATAS is a bit expensive - but it's a great 7Mhz to 50Mhz all-rounder once you get used to it - it's very fussy about receiving 13.8 volts or more, but nothing less - a problem many seem confuse with being fussy about really good earthing - which it's not - mine has no earthing other that the two little allen grub screws that pinch the top of the car door for the trunk-lip style mount, and it has never had a problem.

For SWL: - All of the above and old Icom IC-R7000 receiver

For SWL portable: - Sangean 909x, Tecsun 660, Tecsun 880, Sangean S-8800 and a GP-5 SSB (a really amazing little radio now that it has SSB).

For portable TX: - A Yaesu FT2 hand held.  I wanted to see what Wires-x was all about, so I bought an FTM-400XD as a node radio and an HRI-200 black box and set up my own node .... #40616 .... and nobody has ever come into the room! hihihihi.   Although it is interesting to go into the various rooms around the world from time to time, especially when the bands are dead, and chat with other hams.

For stopping my boat from drifting off in the river ... HAMMARLUND HQ-100A (compliments of Jim - KL7JBB  :-)  )


I'm in a fairly noisy city environment so Rx isn't easy here for any antenna, but this is the current line up;

OPTIBEAM OB11/5 beam for 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20m.  You can't beat having one antenna that is more or less resonant on five bands ... (SWR < 1.5:1 everywhere).  Very good build quality.

For 40m, I have an old renovated HY-GAIN 402b 2-element yagi, mounted a couple of meters above the Optibeam, on the same 16.5m self supporting tower at the back of the house.

On the front of the house, I have a  HEXBEAM for 6, 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20m which is on a 3m pole on the roof of my (2-storey) house. ... It has a fairly wide lobe ... (I got CA7CAQ in Chiloe Island off the back of the hexbeam with 5 watts on the first day when I was testing it).  It is only about one s point below my Optibeam on receive, and maybe a couple of points less on Tx .... but it has 6 bands and again, no tuner - SWR < 2:1 everywhere.   Anyway, it's a really great performer and only weighs about 12Kg - if you're thinking of getting one - do it - you won't be dissappointed with the 'bang per buck'   :-)   

I still have the G5RV strung out just 3m above the roof to keep all the others honest - its a great reference benchmark and still a good SWL antenna .... I added an 80m INVERTED V DIPOLE recently, but propagation has been so poor that I can't decide if this has been a success yet.  

My Shack (this photo is a little out of date now):

WELCOME TO PARAGUAY....... A few images to give you a flavor of our country .....

An image of  "The Chaco" in the north of Paraguay ... "El infierno verde / The green hell" ... where temperatures can get up to 55C (131F) in December and January.  The cattle need to be tough here ... 

Road from San Ignacio to Ayolas in the South of Paraguay - we don't do mountains in Paraguay ..

A little cottage in Pilar with its own history .... Construction standards a a tad on the 'unregulated' side here .... :-)

Iguazu Falls between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina .. Eleanor Roosevelt came once and said "Poor Niagra Falls!"

Me on the way to work .... Ruta 1 from Asuncion, to San Iganacio in the South at Villa Florida - crossing the Tebicuary River with my Ducati MTS1200S ... A little bit of Italian style never hurts!

Unloading sugar cane at Hibernia Misiones in Santa Maria village, Misiones, South of Paraguay during the night shift

Source Activity Date time
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21029.0 3C0W 599 in Paraguay tks 1.5 up 1521Z 2018-03-22 15:21:00
DXC DX de PU2TES: 21075.7 ZP5BVK CQ CQ FT8, 73 2108Z 2018-03-05 21:08:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14225.0 CX3AAU XR0YD expedition on 14222 listening 5-10 up 2018-03-05 20:00:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21295.0 ZP9MCE CQ CQ ARRL SSB 1905Z 2018-03-04 19:05:00
DXC DX de WA7DJ: 142835.0 ZP5BVK great sig 2341Z 2018-03-03 23:41:00
DXC DX de WA3EKL: 14283.3 ZP5BVK USB 2322Z 2018-03-03 23:22:00
DXC DX de W0RIC: 14283.5 ZP5BVK USB 2303Z 2018-03-03 23:03:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21285.0 PX2A CQ contest ARRL 2034Z 2018-03-03 20:34:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14252.0 PP5RT CQ contest ARRL 2029Z 2018-03-03 20:29:00
DXC DX de K2CJ: 21305.0 ZP5BVK USB 1558Z 2018-03-03 15:58:00
DXC DX de PA5DX: 21250.0 ZP5BVK contest 1524Z 2018-03-03 15:24:00
DXC DX de N8BJQ: 21250.0 ZP5BVK USB 1519Z 2018-03-03 15:19:00
DXC DX de NX6T: 14314.9 ZP5BVK 0031Z 2018-03-03 00:31:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14311.0 ZP6RPO CQ contest ARRL 0021Z 2018-03-03 00:21:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14195.5 HB9HLM Thanks for QSO - 73 de Paraguay 2018-02-26 15:41:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21280.0 CP/LU8YD 1906Z 2018-02-23 19:06:00
DXC DX de PY2EDU: 14075.5 ZP5BVK FT8 2119Z 2018-02-06 21:19:00
DXC DX de ZP6ARO: 21074.0 ZP5BVK FT8 2100Z 2018-02-06 21:00:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14208.0 KI7M no reason for El2EF to move - he has been working there for 6 2018-01-27 22:03:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14210.1 EL2EF Tks for new country Eric - 73 2018-01-27 17:25:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 24915.0 ZP5/N3BNA 40dB over 9 in Asu :-) 1426Z 2018-01-23 14:26:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 7133.0 F6CTT Nice to hear you again Joseph 73 de Paraguay 2018-01-17 22:39:00
RBN DX de PR1T-#: 14041.7 ZP5BVK CW 4 dB 21 WPM CQ 1907Z 2018-01-16 19:07:31
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14253.0 C81DL 59 in Paraguay - Tks and 73 2058 2018-01-02 20:58:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14210.0 ZS6DJD 59 in Paraguay - Tks - 73 2029Z 2018-01-02 20:29:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14171.0 V5/ZS1AZO 59 Paraguay - Tks Mathais 73 2017-12-28 21:26:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 7131.0 KP2AD 59 in Paraguay - Tks new band Lubos 73 2017-12-28 00:23:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14215.0 ZS6BAF 59 in Pargauay - Happy Xmas Andreas 73 2017-12-22 20:12:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 18140.0 5T1R 59 Paraguay - Tks 73 1900Z 2017-12-08 19:00:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 18155.0 HC8LUT 59 in Paraguay tks new band - (up 5) 2017-12-08 16:05:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14217.0 IZ1RFT 59 in Paraguay Matteo - 73 2034 2017-11-30 20:34:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 14025.0 VP8CMH 599 Paraguay - simplex 2035Z 2017-11-23 20:35:00
DXC DX de CA2CEV: 28447.0 ZP5BVK USB 1655Z 2017-10-29 16:55:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21288.4 ZP6A CQWW contest 1406Z 2017-10-29 14:06:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 28470.0 YV6CR CQWW contest 0014Z 2017-10-29 00:14:00
DXC DX de VE3EJ: 21211.7 ZP5BVK 1945Z 2017-10-28 19:45:00
DXC DX de DJ4PK: 21162.0 ZP5BVK cqww 1818Z 2017-10-28 18:18:00
DXC DX de PY1TV: 21162.0 ZP5BVK USB 1809Z 2017-10-28 18:09:00
DXC DX de DL6BS: 21257.1 ZP5BVK tnx qso,73 steve 1646Z 2017-10-28 16:46:00
DXC DX de IU3BTU: 21257.0 ZP5BVK good luck iu3btu Fabio 1618Z 2017-10-28 16:18:00
DXC DX de DO4OD: 21257.0 ZP5BVK 11 1608Z 2017-10-28 16:08:00
DXC DX de HB9DVH: 21257.0 ZP5BVK CQ WW DX 1606Z 2017-10-28 16:06:00
DXC DX de DL2OE: 21257.1 ZP5BVK 11 1544Z 2017-10-28 15:44:00
DXC DX de PY1BR: 21257.0 ZP5BVK Contest 1531Z 2017-10-28 15:31:00
DXC DX de RD1AH: 21257.0 ZP5BVK USB 1529Z 2017-10-28 15:29:00
DXC DX de N3AD: 21257.0 ZP5BVK USB 1529Z 2017-10-28 15:29:00
DXC DX de KD8BB: 21257.0 ZP5BVK 1517Z 2017-10-28 15:17:00
DXC DX de K3CT: 21257.0 ZP5BVK USB 1517Z 2017-10-28 15:17:00
DXC DX de W5GN: 21257.0 ZP5BVK USB 1456Z 2017-10-28 14:56:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21275.8 ZP6A CQWW - Good operator - suerte y 73 2017-10-28 14:12:00
DXC DX de ZP6ARO: 7110.0 ZP5BVK cq cq contest 0058Z 2017-10-28 00:58:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 21222.0 A71A 59 in Paraguay - tks & 73 1504Z 2017-10-27 15:04:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 28500.0 A61SM 59 in Paraguay - 73 1412Z 2017-10-27 14:12:00
DXC DX de ON8ON: 18130.0 ZP5BVK IM QRT bad propa. hpe cu sn. 73 Yves. 2017-10-23 17:51:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 18130.0 ON8ON 1743Z 2017-10-23 17:43:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 18130.0 ZP5BVK Listening - very low in Paraguay 2017-10-23 17:42:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 50028.0 ZP5WYC/B 599 into GG14fq 2122Z 2017-10-20 21:22:00
DXC DX de ZP5BVK: 28490.0 PT7ZT To Correct callsign of previous spot 2017-10-13 19:33:00