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. Most of my operating is contesting. Outside of the contests, I try to stay in shape by running DX on 10-40 CW. I frequently call CQ DX or CQ Test and work the DX stations as quickly as possible - to help them confirm Mn in LOTW and to stay in practice for contesting. I welcome calls from US/VE/Caribbean stations though and am happy to have a longer QSO on CW or SSB if you want one. I typically upload to LOTW nightly so you can find your QSO confirmed quickly.
Home QTH: Rochester, Minnesota
Home Station Style: SO2R HP or Multi-2 LP 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
12 meters: 3 ele at 50 ft on Tower 2
15 meters: 7/7 stack (100/40) on Tower 1 and 3 ele (50 ft) on Tower 2
17 meters: 3 ele at 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 DX Plus 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, WAS and ARRL Triple Play awards.
I also operate overseas in contests - VP5S, VP5/K0MD, CE2/K0MD of late and previously with B1Z.
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)
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.
Picture above is during my CQ WW CW operation in Chile - November 2014
Overseas Contesting Equipment:
Icom 7600 or Icom 7000 - they travel well.
Antennas: Force 12 Sigma 40 XK vertical dipole and/or a 2 element SteppIR 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. It is easy to assemble, low profile and loads across 10-40 very well, either with adjustment of the T-bar arms or by using an outboard tuner. Tom Schiller of N6BT.com has some newer versions which may perform even better.
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 have led the VP5s team since 2013 for the ARRL DX CW Contest.
2013: We were a four operator group - K0MD, K4IU, AC0W, NY0V. We had a great time and enjoyed the contest.
For 2014, VP5S had K0MD, K4IU, AC0W and K0PC as operators.
For 2015, VP5S will be K0MD, AC0W and K0PC.
We use an Icom 7600 with an Acom 1010 for the contest. They are a great combination! The big secret is our location though. See the VP5S listing on QRZ for more details and QSL information.
Organizational Support: ARRL, ARRL Diamond Club, ARRL Maxim society, ARRL Second Century club, Rochester DX and Contest Club, Minnesota Wireless Association, TCDXA, Missouri DX and Contest Club, NCDXF, BIAS, Radio Club de Chile, Turks and Caicos Amateur Radio Association annual visitor
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 may not be answered in a timely manner unless you email me to request I send you a card.
*** All my QSO's as K0MD, CE2/K0MD, VP5/K0MD and VP5S are in LOTW. If our QSO is not matching, please email me to inquire about the QSO.***
For QSO's with K0MD, I do LOTW and paper QSL cards. I prefer direct with SASE but I also answer Buro cards, albeit late.
I do not do eQSL. Try LOTW - you will never go back to anything else. Thank you ARRL!
Past Calls: WD4HAD (1977-1989), KF0FW (1989-1994), AA0PS (1994-1997), WK4W (1997-1998), AA0PS (1998)
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