Thank you for your interest in K0MD and my station. I love contesting and Dxing. CW is my main mode of operation but I also do SSB and RTTY.
Home QTH: Rochester, Minnesota
Home Station: Multi-2 style operation
Rigs; Icom 7800, Icom 7600 and Icom 7000.
Amplifiers: Acom lineup: Acom 2000a and Acom 1010
Antennas: I am a Force 12 station with the following: 2 C49XR yagis at 100 and 40 ft, a Magnum 240N at 110 ft, a 4BA at 50 ft, a 2 ele 20 meter yagi at 60 ft, 4-Sigma 80 vertical dipoles and a Magnum 160 VX2 160 vertical with the following configuration:
10 meters: 14/14 stack (at 100/40 ft ) on Tower 1 and a 3 ele yagi (50 ft) on Tower 2
15 meters: 7/7 stack (100/40) on Tower 1 and 3 ele (50 ft) on Tower 2
20 meters: 4/4 OWA stack (100/40) on Tower 1 and 2 ele (60 ft) on Tower 2
40 meters: 2 element monobander at 110 ft on Tower 1
80 meters: 4 SQR array using Sigma 80 vertical dipoles and an Inv Vee dipole at 50 ft on tower 2
160 meters: Magnum 160 vx2 vertical
Antenna switching: Array Solutions 8-Pak (Industry's best) and Stack Match switching.
Computer Logging: MacLogger DXPlus and N1MM (Contesting)
I use Begali keys (http://www.i2rtf.com) now exclusively. I have the Signature, the Pearl and the Traveler Light. I have the Bencher BY-1 keys as back up but the Begalis are in a class by themselves. They are worth every penny of their cost as they are a lifelong investment. The Traveler Light is an amazing and durable key for traveling. The signature is even better! The Pearl is the best so far!! You can see that I enjoy CW a lot.
I am primarily a contester doing SO or M-1/M-2 events from my QTH. I also continue to work DX to add to my DXCC totals. I hold 5-Band DXCC, WAZ, CQ WPX and WPX award of Excellence (Qualified Jan 2014), WAS and ARRL Triple Play awards.
I am slowly building to 320 countries confirmed. CW is my main interest in the hobby but I enjoy SSB and RTTY also.
You can read more at www.k0md.com
(photos are courtesty of AI0M - a great DXer and photographer)
Both low band antennas perform very well. You can see photos of these antennas and more at http://www.texasantennas.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248&Itemid=257
Overseas Operations: I also enjoy operating overseas. I contest in VP5 with friends from the MWA - W0GJ, K4IU, AC0W, NY0V, WA0MHJ and N0HJZ and in Chile (CE) usually alone.
Icom 7600 or Icom 7000 - they travel well.
Antenna: Force 12 Sigma 40 XK vertical dipole and for VP5 (Force 12 XR-5 and 240B yagis)
I frequently use a Force 12 Sigma 40xk vertical dipole with it. The antenna travels in a golf club case and the rig travels in my brief case.Pictures of the case and its portability are featured on the Force 12 website in the customer gallery http://www.texasantennas.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=248&Itemid=257
I have operated VP5H during the ARRL DX SSB contest with my friends W0GJ and WA0MHJ for several years. Jody Millspaugh is a great hostess and her location is great for DX contesting. Contesting from the Caribbean is a blast. Thank you to all who worked us!
I led the VP5s team for 2013 for the ARRL DX CW Contest. We were a four operator group - K0MD, K4IU, AC0W, NY0V. We had a great time and enjoyed the contest.
For 2014, we plan to return as K0MD, K4IU, AC0W and K0PC
We used an Icom 7600 with an Acom 1010 for the contest. They are a great combination! The big secret is our location though.
K0MD:I upload every QSO to LOTW and the log is current. If you want a paper QSL (like the one pictured above), please send a SASE or QSL via Buro. All QSL cards sent to me directly with a SASE or SAE with IRC/US $ are answered generally within a few days. Bureau cards are answered with significant delay (yearly or less often).
VP5s or VP5/K0MD - QSO's are uploaded within a few days of my return from TC to LOTW. I have permission at LOTW to upload both callsigns. I am caught up answering QSL cards from 2013. The best way to get your card is to send me a SASE or SAE with IRC/Postage. For specific QSL information, please see http://www.k0md.com/page_qsl_information_qsl_information_and_faqs.html If you are not a match on LOTW or ClubLog from my VP5 operations, please contact me via email to reconcile.
2014 - All QSO's are now uploaded to LOTW for VP5/ K0MD.
CE2/K0MD: I upload all QSO's to LOTW very quickly after returning from Chile or frequently nightly while there operating. All QSL cards sent to me directly with a SASE or SAE with IRC/US $ are answered generally within a few days of receipt. Bureau cards are answered with significant delay (yearly or less often).
You are likely to be confirmed within a few days of a major contest on LOTW from me. Consider signing up for LOTW. If a qso is missing, contact me off line so we can see if I have it in my log.
Club Log - I upload daily to Club Log. If our QSO is not there, please contact me.
eQSL - I do NOT respond to eQSL notifications or upload logs to eQSL. Please do not send me an eQSL. Thank you. I prefer ClubLog and LOTW.
For QSO's with me when I am operating outside of the USA, I request US and Canadian hams to send their cards directly (NOT via the BURO) with a SASE or a SAE with appropriate postage/cash. If I receive your card without a SASE, it will not be answered in all likelihood unless you email me to request I send you a card.
Please see this link for more information on QSL cards for any of my operations from outside the USA -http://www.k0md.com/page_qsl_information_qsl_information_and_faqs.html
I have a wonderful wife Jann and three of our children are licensed (W0SMW, K0AEW, K0KEW). W0SMW has started contesting with me in M-1 events and does the Minnesota QSO party by herself. She is a great operator for her age. Listen for her on the Minnesota QSO Party every February and in SSB sweepstakes with me.
We are active in our children's school and in our local church, www.autumnridgechurch.org. It is a great place to spend some time on Sundays if you are visiting Rochester.
I currently am using the MacBook Air computer for logging and operating with MacLogger DX Plus. It is great software and I like it for many reasons including its integration with the callsign database QRZ.com and the ease with which I can generate LOTW files. I also use N1MM and Write Log for contesting.
Overseas ham activity:
Chile - CE2/K0MD
2013 - I operated August 4-10 in Vina del Mar, Chile as CE2/K0MD. I was at Hotel del Mar using an Icom 7000 and my Force 12 Sigma 40 XK vertical dipole. I have enjoyed all who have called me. I am not at VE7SV's place for those of you who are asking. I am working and leading a conference in Vina del Mar and am on the air before and after supper. I am uploading to LOTW regularly. If you want a paper QSL, send a SASE.I operated CE2/K0MD from Vina del Mar, Chile in August 2008 and 2009-11. I have been working with the medical community there for ten ++ years organizing medical conferences. It is a beautiful city by the sea and I enjoyed working everyone who called me. I appreciate the staff at Hotel Capducal (pictured here) and Hotel del Mar who authorize my operations and often assist me with putting antennas up. I plan to be active early August 2012.
In this photo, I was using a Force 12 Sigma 40 XK vertical dipole and an Icom 7000 rig. The picture on this site shows the hotel where I operated and you can see the Force 12 Sigma 40 XK at the top of the hotel. My website has a few more photos from Chile www.k0md.com, under the Dx section.
For those of you who worked me in 2008 as CE7/K0MD, please qsl via my home address or buro (non-US hams). I was visiting Puerto Varas, a picturesque village in the South of Chile. The picture below shows the typical winter weather of the Chilean Patagonian region. The hotel was quite accomodating to allow me to put the antenna on the patio outside their parlor. The parlor was a very comfortable operating location.
Turks and Caicos (BWI) - VP5s and VP5/K0MD
I operated VP5s and VP5/K0MD in 2013. I plan to return in mid February for the ARRL DX CW contest. If you need VP5 on a particular band (WARC, 160 etc), please contact me via email and I will try to work you. I was able to confirm VP5 on 160 for several European hams Feb 2013. K4IU and I plan to dedicate special time to working Asia in Feb 2014 from VP5 to help our friends in Japan and elsewhere confirm VP5.
BY1 and B1Z - China
For those of you who worked me as K0MD/BY1TX, thank you. The experience with the B1Z club was memorable. I want to thank Fan Bin and the members of the B1Z club who graciously hosted me in China during the CQ CW WPX contest. Their By1TX station is fantastic and their hospitality and kindness exceed anything one could imagine. I hope you will take time to read my article in the NCJ about this trip. You can also find more information in the GreyLine publication from the Twin Cities DX association. If you need a QSL card from my time with BY1TX, please seehttp://www.k0md.com/page_qsl_information_qsl_information_and_faqs.html
I have helped organize the 2008 and 2009 W0 DXCC and contest meetings in Rochester, MN, http://www.w0dxcc.com.
Ham Organizations - I belong to and support the ARRL (www.arrl.org/), Twin Cities Dx Association (http://www.tcdxa.org/), Minnesota Wireless Association (http://www.w0aa.org/), CW Ops group (www.cwops.org), Radio Club de Chile and the NCDXF. I am a honorary Member, B1Z.
Trustee, W0SAA, Schaeffer Academy Radio Club.,
President - Rochester Amateur Radio Club, 2012
Previous VP and Director - Twin Cities DX Association
Northern California DX Foundation supporter.
ARRL Diamond Club and Hiram Percy Maxim Society
I am a member of the ARRL Diamond Club, Gold level. The League is raising funds for its Second Century Campaign. I am a contributer and I urge you to donate any amount to it you can. It is part of our responsibility to look out for future interests for amateur radio and I think the ARRL does it as well as anyone. Join me in being a member of the Hiram Percy Maxim society for the ARRL. Write me off line if you want to know more.
Good Dxing and Best 73.
Scott - K0MD, CE2/K0MD. VP5S, VP5/K0MD, K0MD/BY1TX
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