My name is Matt and my call sign is K5NGU. And I am trying to get everyone involved in our hobby.
I know. It sounds like a pretty big undertaking. Perhaps a bit misguided. Or maybe even maniacally delusional that I would even attempt to single-handedly take on the task of getting our hobby better known. I have helpers, really good helpers that work with me on this endeavor.
But that’s only because you don’t know me. Yet.
I have been a ham for almost 3 decades off and on. My first call sign was KA2NGU. SInce at the time I was living in Germany with my parents and had a Status of Forces stamp in my passport I was able to apply for a 'DA' callsign while living in Germany.
- I was most active on 80m, 10m FM (great during the cycle of 1982) and 2m FM
- I actually never had a single QSO with my KA2NGU callsign - ever
- I spent a lot of time working with my local club and tought CW classes
During these days I organized CW classes on 2M for those that only had 2M prviledges and wanted to upgrade. My 2M antenna was fairly high up and I lived in an elevated place in the north eastern part of the state of Bayern (Bavaria.) With this setup and 50W watts we had a lot of participation from the surrounding area.
Then came family, kids, let the hobby fall behind, started my career and did all the other things that were important at the time. Now, forward 25 years and I got back into the hobby. I am very active day in and out on ham radio. I am on the local repeaters most days and spend a fair amount of time on HF.
Our little group which is doing their part to make sure ham radio remains strong loves to contest, portable operations in a local park or on the beach and fool around with all things real;ted to ham radio. We created the Red Daemon Contest club as a result and generally use the call sign N5T for the events.
We don't spend hours and hours contesting, rather find it a lot of fun to hang out in a great place on the beach, some island or at a beach house, setup our radios, amps, antennas and whatever else is needed. We have plenty of equipment for our endevours and use the same rigs for easy re-use, IC-718. We use N1MM for logging and rig control during all events.
My Mobile Setup…
SInce I cannot currently put up a bunch of antennas where I live, I have equipped my car with pretty much all I need. In the car I use an IC-7000 and the antenna is a Hi-Q 5/80 RT. I have the antenna mounted to the side of my car and, yes, it is quite a statement driving the car down the freeway every morning.
This is my current QSL card - my license plate - bugs and all.
I have worked half the world using this setup and I must say it works great overall. Plus, having '/mobile' after your call does tend to give you a slight edge all else being even.
Ham Radio Software I Write…
I have been developing software for most of my career and when mobile devices started becoming prevelant I started writing software for various devices, starting with Blackberries, prior to other devices becoming as popular as they are today. Currently I am writing software primarily for Windows Phone and Windows tablets. I have two ham radio applications in the appstore:
HamExam - this is a free application to help you get your first license or to upgrade to the next license. The application has the current question pools and all the images. The application supports test exams, practice exams and section practice.
Voice Logger - this free application uses voice recognition and text-to-speech logging contacts into the logbook, lookup call signs with a valid QRZ XML subscriptions, display DX spots and retrive the current solar weather.
The Events We Do…
We generally participate in all the large contest but particularly enjoy the smaller events, such as Texas State Parks on the Air, IOTA, Field Day and similar events. For Texas State Parks on the air we have for two years in a row gone to Mustang Island and and activated that State Park. For this event we have a website we use (MustangIslandOnTheAir.com). This year we also created a nice QSL card for those that request it.
This year we will be operating field day with the N5T call sign from a beach house in Galveston, TX. We will be working on all bands SSB, PSK and probably some CW. I suspect our category will be either 3A or 4A. Everyone is really looking forward to the event. We will be on the radio starting Friday to see if we can work some DX prior to the event. To see when we will be on the air next, please look up N5T on qrz.com.
The ARRL Centennial Event…
During the ARRL Centennial event in Hartford, CT I operated W100AW on 40m and unfortunately the band conditions were terrible. We still had a great time at the event and I posted a YouTube video which shows me working W100AW.
As a Consultant…
I currently work for Noah Consulting, a Oil and Gas consulting company. I am the account manager for one of the largest accounts and I specialize in data management challenges my clients have. I have been working in the oil and gas business for almost 20 years now and have travelled extensively in that capacity. You can read more about me on LinkedIn.
And This is How I End My Bio…
Hopefully you made it this far. And hopefully there are a few things you have learned about me. Perhaps you can catch me on the air some day or during a contest. So, the next time you hear a mobile station calling CQ, perhaps it's me.
73 de K5NGU