Additional QSL Info:
3905 Century Club Members -- I am good via the 75 and 40 meter bureaus.
Mobile contacts -- Not all mobile contacts may end up in LOTW as I am unable to log while I drive! If you need a QSL for a mobile contact which has not shown up in LOTW, please send me a card via the Bureau.
I have a weather station on APRS. This link will load a webpage with the current weather and weather history at and around my location. My APRS station consists of an Alinco DR-135 with an Argent Data Systems T3-135 TNC. I use aprx on a Raspberry Pi, Weather Display software under Windows 8.1, and a Davis Vantage Vue wireless weather station to send weather reports to fellow hams, the National Weather Service, and the world.
You can get an idea about 2 meter VHF propagation at my location by looking here. The page reports on what my APRS station is receiving on 144.39 MHz with an Arrow Antenna J-Pole mounted at about 25 feet. It also shows what APRS stations are receiving my 5 watt beacon. When I am receiving stations over 100km in distance, it usually signifies a tropospheric opening in the Central NJ area.
My HF station consists of a Ten Tec Orion II, a Ten Tec Eagle, a Kenwood TS-2000, an MFJ-998 Intellituner, and wire antennas. For 80-10 I use an Alpha Delta DX-CC. This is a physically short antenna on 80m, but it uses coils to make up the length and performs well. It consists of three wires to form a fan dipole and I QSLd my first 100 countries on 100 watts. I also have the help of an Ameritron AL-811H when I need it. A 130' inverted L with four radials makes 160m possible. There's a small antenna farm in the attic as well, covering 50 - 927 MHz.
It is fun to listen as well as transmit. I have a Drake R8B in the shack, along with a Microtelecom Perseus SDR. The Perseus is often online for others to enjoy when I am not otherwise using the antennas. I also have several scanners for monitoring VHF and UHF activity in the area.
I am a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Raritan Bay Radio Amateurs (RBRA), 3905 Century Club, North American Shortwave Association (NASWA), and the Longwave Club of America (LWCA). I hold DXCC, WAS, and Triple Play certificates from the ARRL as well as a NASWA DX Centurion certificate for QSLing 100 shortwave broadcast countries. My verified DXCC entity count is currently 223.
My column, "RF Bits", appears 3 times a year in CQ. In the column, I cover various aspects of computing and digital technology as they relate to the radio hobby. The column originally began in Popular Communications, which has now folded.
On Air Contacts
When I am around the shack or in the car, I usually monitor the K2GE repeater in Sayreville, NJ. K2GE can be accessed via 146.760 MHz (-600, PL 156.7), 443.200 MHz (+5 PL 141.3), IRLP 4789, or Echolink 155481. I also have a local Allstar hotspot, node 29577. I can be found on VHF simplex as well as D-Star and DMR. I enjoy chasing DX on HF and can often be found operating during a contest or in the pileups.
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